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Kid Konnection: Flora and the Flamingo

March 23, 2013

Flora and the Flamingo

I generally shy away from reviewing picture books, not because I don’t value them, but because I find them difficult to summarize.  Every once in a while, though, a picture book comes along that wows me so much, I feel like I need to share it with the world.  Flora and the Flamingo, by Molly Idle, is that kind of book!

While out in her bathing suit one day, Flora encounters a flamingo.  Without speaking a word, they look each other over and begin to dance together.  Things are fine until Flora takes a tumble.  She’s hurt and embarrassed and doesn’t want to continue until the flamingo reaches out to her.  The illustrations in this book are so gorgeous and expressive, they tell the story completely – there’s no need for words.

Flora and the Flamingo - Interior Image 2

Along with the fabulous illustrations, young children will enjoy the interactive experience of lifting the flaps in Flora and the Flamingo.  I have a feeling this is one of those books that will be picked up again and again, giving parents the chance to begin early discussions on friendship.  Pick it up for your little one or the next time you need a baby gift.

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Review copy provided by Chronicle Books.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2013 8:22 am

    Some wordless books say more than those with words! This one is enchanting.

  2. March 23, 2013 8:49 am

    I love picture books! I think they are unfairly marketed just to kids! :–)

  3. March 23, 2013 10:35 am

    I agree with rhapsodyinbooks, it’s just unfair, you’ll often find me in the “kids” section, my grandnieces and grandnephews benefit of course but I’m really buying for myself.

  4. March 23, 2013 11:44 am

    This looks so cute! I’m going to get a copy of this.

  5. sandynawrot permalink
    March 23, 2013 1:41 pm

    I always loved kids books with flaps. I am always a bit mystified by what makes a kid book work. We had a stack of them when the kids were growing up that were favorites. I think it comes down to the rhythm of the words and the illustrations.

  6. March 23, 2013 6:21 pm

    I love a good wordless book–and I think you do every book you read ‘justice’ when you summarize them.

  7. talesofwhimsy permalink
    March 23, 2013 8:47 pm

    So cute! I love the art. I love the trailer. Adorbs.

  8. Beth F permalink
    March 24, 2013 7:19 am

    Oh I’ve loved this one since I first saw the video.

  9. March 24, 2013 7:01 pm

    I actually could give this one as a baby gift!!

  10. bookingmama permalink
    March 24, 2013 7:03 pm

    Isn’t it just adorable?

  11. March 25, 2013 4:45 pm

    I know a little girl this sounds perfect for. Too cute!

  12. March 26, 2013 3:05 pm

    So cute! I have a hard time reviewing picture books too. Even when I love them.

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