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Flora and the Flamingo Hardcover – February 5, 2013
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PreS-Gr 2-This charming story begs to be an animated short-unsurprising, given the author's animation background-yet it works remarkably well as a wordless lift-the-flap book. Sparely illustrated, its full-spread white backgrounds with delicate pink-blossom borders emphasize the actions of the two protagonists. A lone flamingo lands onto the nearly blank expanse of the title page. Soon, it is joined by little Flora, who provides a sweetly round counterpoint to the angular bird. She furtively imitates the flamingo's moves with utmost concentration and extremely comical poses until it catches on and squawks angrily, driving her away in a sulk. Friendship triumphs in the end, and the unlikely couple dance together and joyously cannonball into water on the last double foldout page. As neither flamingos nor little girls are known for their inherent elegance, the duo's surprisingly graceful moves are reminiscent of dancing hippos and ostriches from Disney's Fantasia. This delightful romp is a worthy addition to most collections and will appeal to flamingo and ballet fans alike.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Top customer reviews
The author, Molly Idle, has provided a book full of images in pinks and yellows and some black and grey. This is a book without words, that allows the child's imagination to run free. Flora, a little girl and a Flamingo meet in dance. The Flamingo strikes poses and so does Flora. As you turn the page, there is a drop down strip that shows the poses the Flamingo and Flora are making. The illustrations are alive, colorful and vivid depicting each pose, each expression as it takes place. Once your children understand the purpose of the book, they will want to try and strike the same pose. This is a great deal of fun watching children make their own interpretation. This book is not just for girls who like ballet, but every child who uses their imagination. And, the parents will have fun joining in. Imagine the big strapping father striking the poses that Flora and the Flamingo make. What a guy! What great fun!
I gave this book to my four year old granddaughter after her first ballet recital. She was so excited to strike the Pisces she remembered and the new poses she found in the book. I have a feeling the entire family will soon be striking poses throughout the house!
Highly Recommended. prisrob 05-10-14