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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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Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Ok, now I get it. I read Flora and the Peacocks first, and wasn't at all charmed. This is somewhat more interesting to me. I still don't understand the point of the flaps, as opposed to another page, unless it's that the reader is supposed to flip back and forth more than once? Still a very simple tale, with art that appeals, I'm sure, more to dancers and artists than to me. But still, I have no desire to read more in the series.
Aaron Wyckoff
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
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
May 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars
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!
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
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.
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Saba N  Taylor
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Children's Book

*2014 Caldecort Winner*

A delightful picture book illustrating a flamingo's graceful, ballet-like moves, and the little girl who tries to copy them. The smaller flip downs on the pages add to the tale of the little girl struggling to attain the flamingo's graceful movements.

I loved this clever and feel-good book.

Samantha Tolleson
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 3 years old and up
Recommended to Samantha by: volunteer work at the library
Such a wonderful story, even without words. The art was beautiful!
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Through her beautiful Caldecott Honor book, Flora and the Flamingo, and the equally gorgeous sequel, Flora and the Penguin, former DreamWorks Animation artist Molly Idle explores the theme of friendship - with all the ups and downs that that implies.

As a young girl befriends a dancing flamingo in the first book and an ice-skating penguin in the second, the reader is invited to consider the complexities of friendship through simple yet powerful illustrations. We find, of course, that this means
Cassandra Lemieux
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summaries
1. Summary: Flora and the Flamingo Is about a young girl and a flamingo that learn to dance with each other. At first it's hard for them to do this synchronized dance, but they end up doing great together!
2. grade level: 1-2
3. classroom use: I think this is just a book I would keep on my book shelf. It a silly book that has great pictures, which i think students will love.
4. Students who might benefit: Students who love dancing or enjoy vibrant pictures would really enjoy this book.
5. Small grou
Katie F
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I absolutely loved this book! From the simple yet beautiful illustrations to the interactive flipping the book allows the reader, I found myself engaged with the story of Flora the dancer and the graceful flamingo. Although there are no words in this story, it shows the process of Flora and the flamingo working to dance together in sync. It ends with them dancing in harmony and taking a bow. It is very evident with its beautiful illustrations and pink color scheme why this text won the Caldecott ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ballet enthusiasts
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
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Flora is so sweet. Flamingo is so elegant.
Flora gets closer to him. She imitates him.
They meet. They agree. They disagree. They communicate in a beautiful danced friendship.

Flora and the Flamingo is different from many picture books I have read. It's simple and beautiful. Wordless, the story is told through the body language of this two adorable characters. It made me feel like dancing!

There's two more books in this series: Flora and the Penguin (2014), and Flora and the Peacocks (expected publi
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Flora and the Flamingo illustrated by Molly Idle is a 2014 Caldecott Honor Book. It is a wordless picture book, yet it tells an amazing story. The illustrations guide your imagination to watch a unique friendship form. At first it does not seem like the flamingo is willing to befriend the girl. However, as her character grows on the flamingo, they have an enjoyable time as dancing partners. This book would be great to help young children work on writing and expanding their imagination. Children ...more
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Chrissi Guarnieri
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle Flora and the Flamingo is a wordless book illustrated by Molly Idle. The flaps you open to see their next move draw you into the story even more. It is a journey of friendship between a flamingo and a little girl, that starts out rocky and grows into something of mutual appreciation. The illustrations are simple, lighthearted and yet still manage to convey the emotion and personality of the two characters. Cute story and fun artwork!
Illustrator Project Book
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous. Sweet, wordless story of a young girl -- Flora -- who is so enamored of the flamingo that she begins imitating it. But she tumbles, and the flamingo laughs -- and then, something magical happens.

Idle's art is stunning and so beautiful -- layers and layers of pink which made my heart sing, and evokes every shade seen in a flamingo -- and the book large, so you can immerse yourself. There are flaps to lift, which allow more of the dance to emerge -- sweet, but a danger with my rough todd
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
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is BEAUTIFUL. The illustrations feel like an animated movie (which makes sense, since the author/illustrator works for DreamWorks). Worldless (so not good for story time) celebration of movement and fun and friendship. The lift-the-flap aspect is super creative and unique (used in a different way than any other lift-the-flap book I've seen). I also love that it's pink and girly, but not super princessy or floofy.
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is so beautiful it made me want to cry. The color pallet is entirely pink, pinkish brown and yellow with cherry blossoms (I am guessing) all around the top. The composition of the pages is unique and draws your attention to all the right places. There are flaps to lift revealing the changing motions of Flora and the flamingo. Being able to lift them individually allows you to see the story from different angles.

It's just beautiful.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Pretty pictures. Dangerous moral.

Flamingos will BITE you, small child! Stay away! Don't try to dance with them-- Dance safely inside! For that matter, never go outside.

attacking terrible birds
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wordless picture books make me nervous....I never quite know what to do with them. I enjoyed the colors and the flaps and could appreciate the beauty of the artwork. I guess that's all that needs to be done!
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful wordless book - has flaps to engage, and the illustrations are dynamic. Shows ballerina copying a flamingo; would actually work well for a storytime if done with some flair (and perhaps some of your own acrobatics).
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lovely. A beautiful, graceful, silent, and synchronized dance between little Flora and her elegant friend, a flamingo. A perfect wordless picture book for a any child with a song and dance in his or her soul.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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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