Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo

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In this wordless book with interactive flaps, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together.
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, [2013], ©2013
ISBN: 9781452110066
Branch Call Number: FICTION Idl
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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Flora imitates the graceful moves of an unsuspecting flamingo in this beautifully illustrated, lift-the-flap tale.

Flora and her flamingo friend dance together in this wordless story with interactive pages.

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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

The Flamingo, long and skinny, and Flora, short and round, have a wonderful dance. Visually and emotionally satisfying.

McIndoo Jul 15, 2015

A beautiful wordless picture book about imitation and friendship. Elegant illustrations with flaps that evoke movement and literally move the plot along!

Gabi_Dubh Oct 21, 2014

A Caldecott Honor book of 2014 and a perfect wordless read for lovers of dance, play, and pink fun.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
A wordless, lift-the-flap story of two very different dancers who find a way to overcome their differences through balletic movement.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
A wordless, lift-the-flap story of two very different dancers who find a way to overcome their differences through balletic movement.

Jun 09, 2014

While the illustrations were awesome and told a "silent story" this could have been a really cool story WITH words. Slightly disappointed, as I didn't know beforehand there were only illustrations.

May 09, 2014

AMAZING. Really, I never write reviews, but this book deserves one. It is truly delightful. Now words, just amazing pictures of a budding friendship. What I love is that the flamingo laughs at Flora at first, and this really helped me discuss feeling with my 4 year old. When the flamingo realizes that she hurt Flora's feelings, she must change what she is doing so that she can correct what happened. We talked about outsides and insides (which helps because this is also a lift the flap book) and how when our outsides feel good, our insides feel good, and dancing with our friends is a great way to make our outsides/insides feel wonderful. Long way to write-- GET THIS BOOK.

forbesrachel Sep 07, 2013

An incredibly elegant flamingo dances ballet, while a girl imitates its every move. No other book, has captured the beautiful movements so thoroughly. As the child follows along, she stumbles, and realizes that her body is not as lithe as the flamingo's, but the flamingo encourages her to continue, and their dance melts into a duet which ends with a fun splash. The pink sakura blossoms are the only bit of background added, for they add a sense of atmosphere rather than place. Almost everything is done in a delicate pink, the most notable exception being the girl's yellow diving cap. Ballet steps involve movement, so to get a sense of the position start, and end, flaps are used. The entire book is wordless, and this is a good thing because words would have only dragged it down. The illustrations just draw emotions out of you, there is a little humour, joy, and a sweet yearning to join in with them. When it comes to dance, it is always more fun when you have a partner to do it with.

theorobert Jun 20, 2013

Lovely book. Great illustrations. My 3 year old daughter loved it.

Rather_be_reading Feb 28, 2013

Beautiful to touch, a lovely story without words about the joy of dance. Just try to look at it without humming a waltz! Check out the book tralier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOSA8w7F730

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Apr 17, 2015

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A single flamingo lands and perches on one leg beneath the falling pink blossoms. It does not notice the single flippered foot that appears behind it nor, at first, the bathing suited little girl that mimics his stance. But when he starts to stretch (or is he dancing?) he can’t help but see how she tries to imitate him, wing for wing. In a moment of cussidness he bleats at her, causing her to tumble head over heel into the water. Chastened, the flamingo offers a wing and the two embark on a fantastic dance, culminating in a joyous leap into the water and an elegant bow and curtsey.


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