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Flora and the Flamingo (Flora)

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A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book

In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning perf
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Chronicle Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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In the further adventures of Monica Reads All Of The School Library Journal Best Picks Of 2013, we have Flora and the Flamingo, which is perfect for any reader who wants a wordless picture book featuring both interpretive dance and birds whose knees bend the wrong way.

The flamingo is actually kind of a dick initially—poor Flora, in her bathing cap and her oversized flippers, cannot quite manage to mimic all of the increasingly-psychotically-intricate dance moves that the bird is purposely doing
Did you know that flamingos are pink because of their diet of plankton? Did you know that the flamingo is the national bird of the Bahamas? And did you know that when it comes to a pas de chat or a particularly fine jetée, no bird exceeds the flamingo in terms of balletic prowess? No? Then you’re clearly not reading the right literature these days. Now, before you get to thinking too hard about it, let me assure you that when I discuss a book like Flora and the Flamingo I should right off the ba ...more
zzzzzzzzzzzz Boring! I really don't care for books with no words. Sometimes they can be amazing and this one was just boring. First, I don't care for pink so that was a turn off...the flaps and the book are going to get destroyed in our library but someone is going to find the 'peek a boo surprise' a kick. I didn't think the girl mirroring the flamingo was all the interesting. Having said that, My Co-worker loved it, so everyone has their own opinions!
There are oh so many ballet books out there for little ballerinas who look for tulle and pointe shoes. So it was with that bias and perhaps a cringe or two that I opened this book. Inside it’s very pink cover is a very pink world that is pure pink fabulousness! In this wordless book, Flora meets the flamingo and immediately imitates its stance and attitude. Then the flamingo launches into a dance that Flora struggles to match in her swimcap and flippers. It all goes well until Flora loses her fo ...more
Aaron Wyckoff
Flora and the Flamingo comes without any words, but contains plenty of story just waiting for a child to discover it. Flora does her best to imitate a flamingo, both in her attire and her actions. The flamingo, noticing her and apparently disapproving, contorts into increasingly difficult poses until Flora topples. Then, noting her distress and feeling apologetic, the flamingo enters into a duet with Flora to finish out the book. The illustrations are simple but elegantly crafted. Ample white sp ...more
Teacher 007.5
This book is just too cute for words!!! The fact that it is wordless allows readers to interpret the actions, reactions and interactions between Flora and the Flamingo she wishes so desperately to dance with. The illustrations are just adorable, simple yet elegant, detailed but not overwhelming. Children will see a reluctant relationship bloom into a wonderful friendship.
Wearing a pink bathing suit, Flora encounters a pink flamingo at the beach. Both notice the other one, and Flora tries to copy the bird's poses and moves. Things don't always go well for Flora since she can't move in the same way the flamingo does, which leads to her taking a spill. With gentle nudging, she gets back up and tries some new moves. Young readers will enjoy comparing the two dancers and laugh at the surprising friendship that springs up between unlikely friends in this wordless pict ...more
Karen A.
These lovely pink stylized illustrations make me want to eat sorbet and dance. One of the better no word books I have seen in quite some time. The mimicry between Flora and the Flamingo is priceless and young children will get the whole comedy of immitation and play between these two friends.

Minor complaint with the book design - I think the flaps will get chewed, ripped, and pulled off pretty quickly.

Still a fun fun book. And finally something that is pink that is not just designed for little
I work in education, so I have had A LOT of picture books and I have moved A LOT of picture books from one classroom to the another, from one building to another and I have grown a very thick skin for picture books and gotten ride of A LOT of picture books because I'm sick of boxing and moving them. Now that I've established my creds......
This is one of the few picture books that I've bought for myself (with no educational purpose) in a long while. It is so pretty and so quiet. Not just because
The little flaps are a fun touch, but the book would still be great without them. I am at best a superficially informed art fan, but the lines here, the curves, the way a small child and a flamingo are shown moving together, this is stuff to make me swoon. I would never have guessed that it was possible to render dance so well on the page.

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I retrieved my professional review from the Omaha Public Library from:

Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc

The School Library Journal review compares Flora and the Flamingo to an animated short. I had the same thought as my first grade daughter and I lifted each flap moving the story forward. The review also notes the minimalistic yet “delicate” i
I could not get my hands on any of the other Caldecott awards for preparing for the YSL meeting Thursday. This is a wordless book which was a great idea. Words would have gotten in the way of this story. I did not buy for many branches...only about 13 or so, because I was aware from the reviews that this was a popup flap book. It isn't going to last a long time most likely. However, it is a delightful paean to creativity and joy! A little girl tries to imitate a flamingo who is rather annoyed at ...more
Feb 26, 2014 June rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ballet, pink and wordless requests
Recommended to June by: Lots
A wordless picture book, that just filled me with joy! I have never done a ballet or pink story time, but I want to figure out how to use this. Maybe I can use it for my friendship story time.
Sacramento Public Library
Ah, the dance of making a new friend. Flora and the Flamingo is a wordless book with two wonderfully expressive characters. Now, I could go on and on about the brilliant use of flaps to convey motion, and recommend the book trailer to get an idea of how the flaps could enhance a shared reading. Reading this book feels a bit like watching an animated short. I could point out little details like the flowering boughs that frame each page like a proscenium. But what I most want to say is that this i ...more
Age: Infant-1st grade
Art: Dance
Animal: Flamingo

Awash in pink with lift-the-flap fun, Idle adds another dimension to wordless picture books. A little girl imitates a graceful flamingo as the flamingo dances around. The lift-the-flaps are expertly used not to show something hiding but to show stillness and movement. Both girl and flamingo will freeze in place, holding a pose. Lift the flap over the flamingo and it peeks over to see if the girl is moving. Lift the flap of the girl and she peeks at
Idle, M. (2013). Flora and the flamingo. San Francisco, Calif.: Chronicle Books.

Flora and the Flamingo is a 44-page hardcover book for beginning readers that traces young Flora’s pursuit of becoming a dancer. Flora mimics the moves of a graceful flamingo which is dancing beneath a blooming cherry blossom tree. For the first 18 pages, the flamingo dances its away without noticing much of little Flora trying to mimic its movements; however, the flamingo eventually notices Flora as she sits down an
Kaitlin McDonough
I loved this book!!! It is definitely one of my new favorites and one I will be excited to share in my future elementary school classroom. This book is a wordless picture book but is not lacking in character development and story line. The fact that the book has no words lets the reader interpret what Flora and the Flamingo are thinking throughout the book. Teachers could use this book in the classroom and have students add words to the book of what they think the characters could say or think. ...more
Taylor Schnepf
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
Ever wonder if it would be easy to write a wordless picture book? Well Molly Idle makes it seem like a piece of cake in Flora and the Flamingo. It’s about a little girl who finds inspiration in a flamingo. She wants to be just like the flamingo and mimics every little move the flamingo does. The flamingo doesn’t seem to notice Flora copying it until Flora falls and the flamingo puts its wing out to help Flora up. After that you can see their friendship blossom
Georgia Karr
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle is a wordless picture book that tells the story of a girl following a flamingo. The book has little papers that you pull down so you can see the illustrations behind them. This adds some interaction with the reader, but this also makes it harder to use with a large group of students because I think they would all want to look under the papers themselves which could take time and might cause damage to the book. The illustrations are very light and wispy which ...more
This fantastic Caldecott honor book is a wordless picture book. It tells a peculiar but at the same time adorable friendship of a little clumsy girl named flora and her friend the agile flamingo. Throughout the story they are able to find their way of dancing together harmoniously. With laughter, tumbling down, and grace they show a fantastic ballet that is based on their new and exciting friendship.
Here is a YouTube video of a trailer book: (
Through the
I remember distinctly a specific night back in the nineties, a heavy metal show at a now closed sketchy venue in the murky lands of central Jersey, Fear Factory was playing, their second album getting them some mainstream recognition with songs on movie or video game soundtracks (they were fairly ahead of the game on the latter). A former high school classmate of mine was urging me to help propel him up past the mosh pit, so he could kick a security guard he had a vendetta against in the head wi ...more
Sarah Butler
Flora is fascinated by a proud Flamingo, and begins following her and imitating her graceful movements. The Flamingo eventually drops her guard and the pair share a dance together posing, jumping, and best of all enjoying each other’s company.

A wordless book that has rich images readers will delight in. The visual element communicates the characters and their new friendship with a gentle smile. Each page contains a healthy dose of white space creating a light, airy feeling. The delicate flowers
Broghan Schlicher
This book is called Flora and the Flamingo and is by Molly Idle. The book is a wordless picture book. I have never read a wordless picture book and was unsure of what to think about this book. While I was not a hug fan of their not being any words, It really helped me to stop and appreciate the pictures. My interpretation of this book is that Flora and her flamingo are trying to dance together, but along the way have some trouble of staying together, but by the end of the book they learn to danc ...more
Nikki Howard
This book is a wordless picture book. It shows many pictures of the girl, Flora and the flamingo dancing and posing in many ballet poses. They explore their friendship through a long synchronized dance. They continue to copy one another, and whatever one does, the other copies. Finally, they are dancing together with great harmony.

The theme of this story is friendship. Two friends can be completely different, but when they love the same things, their friendship can be very strong. Friends don't
Claire Torres
Molly Idle, illustrator and author of Flora and the Flamingo, has done an outstanding job at telling a story without the use of any words. Shockingly enough, this wordless book has such an array of imaginative and fanciful elements to it. At the beginning of the book we are silently introduced to Flora. Flora is an aspiring dancer with big dreams of being as elegant as her fellow Flamingo but she is a bit clumsy here-and-there. After many failed attempts, the Flamingo makes Flora’s day by litera ...more
Samantha Powley
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle is about a little girl and her friend who happens to be a flamingo. The two of them form a friendship through performing a synchronized dance. With some twists and turns and even a few flops, they are able to perform a dance in sync with one another. Becoming friends at the end is what the story is all about. This story is a wordless book which makes you the read have to look at the pictures and even flip through some interactive flaps to come up with the sto ...more
Rachael Mack
I loved Flora and the Flamingo. I think that it was a wonderful wordless picture book. The story does not have much of a plot because it is simply the continuous illustration of a dance preformed by a little girl, Flora, and a flamingo. The dance that the two are preforming is clearly a ballet, and readers can easily picture the music that the two are dancing to. I thought it was awesome that since the story was wordless, the author added the element of flaps to show illustration even further. T ...more
Tory Haberman
"Flora and The Flamingo" by Molly Idle is a short, fun, and interactive book about a girl named Flora and her graceful friendship with a flamingo. Flora tries to mimic the flamingo through an elaborate dance as the flamingo notices her and disapproves by performing difficult moves and poses. However, as the flamingo notices Flora's distress and feelings of sadness, the flamingo feels apologetic and decides to finish the duet with Flora, ending the book in a synchronized manner. This book depicts ...more
I’m a big fan of Molly Idle: not only did she graduate from Arizona State University (go sun devils!), but she also worked for DreamWorks before pursuing a career in children’s picture books! She has a very delicate illustration style that is clear in Flora… with the shapes and forms she creates with her lines.

This wordless picture book is perfectly crafted to tell the story of a girl and a flamingo and their friendship with each twist, turn, and spin the duo perform across the page. Framed by f
La Coccinelle
I saw this book when I was browsing through the local library's selection of e-books for kids. I was first drawn in by the cover's colour and illustration, which give the book a definite vintage look. On the inside, "readers" are treated to a cute little story about a girl and her flamingo friend who love to dance.

Upon reading some of the reviews on Goodreads, I realized that this is a lift-the-flap sort of book, which makes me question why it would be published as an e-book. There are just some
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Molly Idle has been drawing ever since she could wield a pencil. But while she started scribbling before she could walk, her professional career as an artist began slightly later…

It was upon her graduation from Arizona State University, with a BFA in Drawing, that Molly accepted an offer to work for DreamWorks Feature Animation Studios. After five years, a number of film credits, and an incredibly
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