One of the children's picture books that delighted me most last year was Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle. I'm not generally a fan of books with no words, but this one I loved. It's the story of little Flora who performs a ballet-of-sorts with a flamingo. It is a 2014 Caldecott Honor Book, and it has it all: interactive flaps, gorgeous and fun illustrations, expressive emotion.
And it is also pink, pink, PINK.
I loved it so much I actually bought a copy. And I don't have children.
Well, coming September 30, Flora takes to the ice with a penguin pal in Flora and the Penguin. And this one? Blue, blue, icy blue.
The book's not even out yet, and I'm already looking forward to more Flora books. How I hope Flora "Tangos with a Toucan" and "Sambas with a Stork" and "Congas with a Cockatoo."
I could go on all day. I hope Ms. Idle can.
So, if you're looking for a book for a sweet little girl in your life, keep Flora in mind. She's spirited, determined, and full of grace.