Friday, November 15, 2013

Children's Book Review - Flora and the Flamingo, Molly Idle

Flora and the Flamingo


Molly Idle

Category: Children’s Picture Book

Synopsis: Flora dances with the flamingo.

Rating: *** (3-star scale)

In this wordless book, the charming pink illustrations do all the work. That is, until your little one takes over and tells the story.

I tend to like books with words—I am a word girl, after all—so a book with no words has to have really good illustrations, and this one does. They’re simple, but they show the right amount of drama and spirit.

Each move that the flamingo does, chubby little Flora imitates. I love the sense of serious play captured here. 

I bought this book for the library, and when it came in, I immediately ordered one for myself. My boss looked through it with me, and since she was never a girly-girl, she didn’t relate. (This one is definitely “all girl.”)

Some reviewers on Amazon complained of the flimsy paper used in the fold-outs. Before I read that, I’d thought to myself how sturdy they were! I know little fingers will rip any book to shreds, though, if not taught to be careful. The paper quality didn’t bother me.

Would you recommend this to a friend?
Yes. Though not all would appreciate it, I suppose.

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