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Flora and the Penguin


4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,596 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other's graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Art ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Chronicle Books
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I have now read all the Flora books. I do enjoy them, but this seemed to be my least favorite. Flora is ice skating with a penguin. It really is lovely artwork. The book still has its lift-the-flaps and fold out pages format which engages kids in the work. This was like an ice skating competition and Molly really captured the motion and movement of the skaters so well.

The nephew loves penguins like he loves monsters. He also loves lift-the-flaps, so this was his cup of tea. It’s also
Kaethe Douglas
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 5, 2015

A good wordless picture book is a marvelous thing. Idle creates a wonderful feeling of movement in deceptively simple, clean illustrations. And who doesn't love little flaps?

Library copy.
Daniel Middleton
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A follow-up to Flora and the Flamingo, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor for 2014, Flora and the Penguin continues the graceful performance tale of ice skater Flora, this time accompanied by an equally skillful penguin. Together they cut across a thick ice sheet in a balletic duet that is almost musical. Though the book is wordless, intricate movements performed by the pair, along with subtle body language and telling facial expressions are enough to tell a clear story. Interestingly, there is ...more
PEI Public Library Service
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Flora, the dancing girl from Idle’s 2014 Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo, returns, taking to the ice with a penguin for a partner. As Flora laces up her skates, a penguin appears through a hole in the ice. He and Flora swirl and jump and play together. However, after Flora rejects a fishy gift from her new friend, she finds a creative way to bring the pair back together.

This book is pure magic. Through art alone (and what gorgeous art it is!) Idle tells us the story
You know how sometimes you look forward to something for so long it's a letdown when it finally happens? That did NOT happen with Flora and the Penguin!
You know how sometimes sequels to books or movies are disappointing and don't live up to the first one? That did NOT happen with Flora and the Penguin!
Although there are still many similarities between this book and Flora and the Flamingo, there is enough that's different here to keep you captivated
I was not disappointed, and it
Kristine Hansen
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
The real joy in this story is the illustrations and the way the girl mirrors the penguin (or is that vice versa). Here's one of those stories that I wish I could use half star ratings as truly this one is more of a 3.5-star book than a 3-star book. I liked the story, but felt it wasn't as strong as it could be, with her reactions not always understandable. Of course without words, you need to come up with action and motivation yourself, which makes this a challenge sometimes. But overall the sto ...more
Just as delightful in its own way as Flora and the Flamingo, this wordless picture book features Flora in a wintery setting. There are all sorts of elements to lift and flip as Flora and her new friend skate across the ice. Their steps seems to match perfectly until they have a brief disagreement, and the penguin disappears. When the penguin finally reappears, their ice dance is balletic perfection, played out across several fold-out pages. I loved this one with its carefully crafted illustratio ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a delightful wintry follow-up to Flora and the Flamingo, a book that stole my heart when it came out. With clear connections to the ballet of the first book, this second book has Flora on ice skates swirling with a penguin. Flora puts on her skates and the penguin climbs out of the water and the two glide together across the page, through different flaps to lift, landing synchronized jumps side-by-side. But then the penguin disappears back into the water and Flora is left skating alone. ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just as delightful as Flora and the Flamingo, this wordless book shows Flora ice skating and developing a friendship with a penguin. The friendship doesn't proceed flawlessly...the penguin and Flora get upset and give each other the cold shoulder, turning to peek and see if the other is looking. But they find a way to forgive and strengthen their friendship. Wonderful illustrations, including flaps that provide additional details, expertly show the nuances of friendship.
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Like a blade on the ice, Flora and the Penguin conceived and illustrated by Molly Idle will skate its way right into your heart. Hand this to readers who like participating in stories with the tactile experience of lifting flaps and readers who love penguins, skating and friendships. You are going to love dancing with Flora and her pal as much as you did the very first time. It's simply glorious.

My full recommendation:
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Was sort of surprised to see the overwhelmingly five-star reviews, with nothing below four stars on the first page. I thought it was fine, but nothing special.
Jenni Scoggin
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
My son enjoyed this book!
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations and awesome little flaps. Very cute with no words it made it even more precious.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Precious for young ones. My 2 year old adores this picture with no words.
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I heard Flora was now hanging out with a penguin, I knew it was going to be just as lovely as with the flamingo. I was right!
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Now Flora is with a penguin. She certainly gets around
Jillian Heise
Flora's romp with the Penguin is just as captivating and charming as her turn with the Flamingo.
Maybe because I am a huge fan of figure skating, but I liked Flora and the Penguin better than the original.
Dec 13, 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
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The genre of this book is fantasy fiction because it shows a child ice dancing with a penguin. A fantasy book such as this one creates a situation where there is an impossible scenario that feels plausible. In the story we have a ice skating little girl and she meets a ice skating penguin and together they skate and build a friendship. The fact that penguins do glide and skate across the frozen water is plausible but a little girl and the penguin skating together is not a possibility.

The target
Callie McCandless
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The genre of Flora and the Penguin is Fiction, Fantasy, because it includes elements that are impossible, such as playing, dancing and fishing with a penguin. The target audience is Primary (PreK-3rd Grade), as this text is a picture book with no words. This is a great book for beginning readers who can imagine and create their own story. The copyright date is 2014.

Making Connections:
~Text-to-Self: The relationship that Flora has with the penguin reminded me of similar relation
Ian Plecker
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: Flora and the Penguin

Author: Molly Idle

Illustrator: Molly Idle

Copyright Date: 2014

Number of Pages: 34

Book Format:

Grade or Reading Level:

Genre: Wordless

Lit Requirement: Wordless

Summary & Review/Response:
After Reading Flora and the Penguin illustrated by Molly Idle it made me think a lot about the importance of the lines prettied throughout the book. "Flora and the Penguin is a wordless book so i
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, picture-book
I adore Molly Idle's illustrations!! Plus penguins! Besides being Squee-worthy adorable, there is so much movement and expression in the two characters - lots of little detail in the body language and faces of the characters that would make for a great one-on-one read. There's not a heavy storyline, though, just the two friends playing (dancing, ice skating, etc) with a bit of a bump in the road. If you need more action or drama in your picture books, Flora is probably not a series for you.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
More wordless storytelling at its best. A clever and delightful follow-up to Flora and the Flamingo.
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lovely, Disney-esque drawings that seem to flow and leap right off the page.

Veg*n parents note: Flora helps the penguin go ice fishing and feeds the fish to the penguin.
Destiney Dickson
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Literature Requirement: Wordless book
Reading level: Pre-K
Number of pages: 40
Copyright:2014 Molly Idle
Genre: Fiction
Book Format: Hardcover
What happens when Flora meets a friendly penguin? They ice skate together of course! In Flora and the Penguin, little Flora is getting ready to ice skate when a penguin emerges from a hole in the ice. The two take interest in one another and skate around together. At one point the penguin leaves Flora to go back down the hole
Madison Zappin
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flora and the Penguin is an adorable wordless picture book that any young child would enjoy. The story starts with the main character Flora getting ready to ice skate. While tying her skates, Flora meets a penguin who enters onto the ice from the icy water below. They spend the next few pages dancing together on the ice. When the penguin sees a fish, he chooses to go back into the icy water below. Flora was upset by this and they must now find a way to get along so they can go back to ice-skati ...more
Lisa Losito
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Flora, the main character in the story skates into a friendship with a penguin, but when her new friend disappears into the ice she feels abandoned. Flora is cold to her friend when they return but eventually warms up and they skate together again.
This story is beautifully illustrated, the lines and images portrayed are all very clean and easily understood. The body language between Flora and the Penguin takes the reader clearly through the evolution of their friendship. There are moving
Brianne Hendrickson
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flora and the Penguin was a cute story of a penguin and a girl, named Flora. The book introduces a girl putting on her ice skates and then forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin that pops up through the ice. They twirl, dance, and skate with one another like they’ve been friends forever! They had one misunderstanding with one another and they were not talking, however built their relationship and finished off how they started- dancing and hugging with one another.

The pictures were super
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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 a

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