PPBF! Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a unique picture book that makes you use your imagination.

floraFlora and the Flamingo

By Molly Idle

44 pages – ages 4+

Published by Chronicle Books on February 5, 2013

Theme/Topic – ballet/dancing – friendship

Opening and Synopsis –

Taken from the inside jacket –

“In this innovative wordless, book a tentative partnership blooms into an unlikely friendship between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo.”


A young girl picks a flamingo as a dance partner. When the girl does a move wrong, the flamingo laughs at her. The flamingo realizes the girl’s feelings are hurt, and he apologizes.  Then the dance continues!

Why I liked this book – 

First of all, just look at the illustrations! Some of the pages have flaps or fold-outs that make “reading” the book more fun. The picture above is the same page as the picture right below, just with the flaps pulled down!flora4

I really like this one.


When you look at the book you can hear the music Flora and the flamingo are dancing to in your head. Just from the illustrations you know how the characters are feeling and what they are thinking. This is a great story of friendship and forgiveness.

Activities and Resources –

Charades is a great wordless game that anyone can play! Pick a word or phrase and act it out. The other person has to guess what the word or phrase is. The rules are NO TALKING!

The Pennsylvania Ballet is fifty years old this year! They have a great website where you can see videos of behind the scenes stuff and of actual performances (click HERE). They also have a “Learn About Ballet” section of the blog that has teacher/parent resources (handouts and booklets) that you can download. They teach about dancers and what they do, ballet words and the history of ballet (click HERE).


Here is the book’s trailer –

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

Here’s a bonus. When I first saw the trailer for Flora and the Flamingo, I really loved it. I wrote Chronicle Books to ask for a review copy. They were super nice and sent a review copy and also a poster to give away on my blog! To enter the give-away, just leave a comment saying you want it and next Friday (March 8), Josie will pick a name from a hat. I will announce the winner in next week’s PPBF post! Here is what the poster looks like!


Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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40 replies

  1. Erik this sounds super like a super choice …one my 2 & 4 year old grandgirls will like and try to imitate. I will have to show them the trailer. And as a matter of fact their bedroom is painted FLAMINGO PINK for real….I think the poster would look awesome there…and how nice of you to share it!!

  2. What a fascinating book, Erik…and it’s hot off the press! I loved the trailer. Lovely, graceful illustrations. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I read a review on this the other day, it looks delightful, Erik! Great choice!

  4. The flamingo is a wonderful mix of grace and absurdity. I love books that lets readers add their own story. Fun choice, Erik.

  5. Great pick Erik. I bet Josie really enjoyed the book. Very creative letting the child make up his/her own story about what is happening. Love he flippers on her feet rathe than ballet slippers. Or am I making that up?

  6. I’ve been hearing a lot about this book lately and really want to check it out. My Ladybug Princess is a ballerina and I think she would like this book. You did a nice review! Thanks!

  7. Mom LOVES ballerinas! I’m pretty sure she would like this book. I can dance like a ballerina, plus I have a green tutu and a purple tutu.

    Love and licks,

  8. What a sweet story — a dance of friendship :).

  9. These pictures are adorable.

  10. Thanks for featuring this book. It is one of my new favorites and I’ve always loved Molly’s work.

  11. Adorable illustrations in this one, Erik. I have seen so many good reviews about this one, I really must borrow it from the library.

  12. This one looks like absolute fun! My daughter would love it. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I’m off to the bookstore today to buy this book. By the way, that poster would look great in my classroom 🙂

  14. This looks like fun. I hadn’t heard of this book, so thanks for the heads-up. (Since the bookstore closed I’m woefully out of touch with what’s new)

  15. I read this one at the book store last week and loved it.

    As a mom though, I stopped buying pretty books with paper flaps because my kids always ripped them and I was constantly taping them back into the book. Argh!

  16. Nice review Erik. I love the trailer and the illustrations are terrific. Your reviews keep getting better. I would love to see this poster hanging in my writing room, but I think a little girl’s bedroom or a classroom would get more from it.

  17. This book looks wonderful! (Much as I love the look of the poster, I think I shouldn’t enter the draw, though. It would be better if someone who had a kid to give it to won it.)

    Every month Ms. Aradhya at Picture Books and Pirouettes has a “Read and Romp Round-up” where she posts links to reviews of picture books about dance. You might want to submit this link to her for the March Round-up. Here’s the link to her blog: http://kerryaradhya.blogspot.com/

  18. What a sweet book! The video was great:) I’d love a chance to win this book for my Grade 1 class. Thanks for the opportunity, Erik.

  19. Hi Erik, we’ve always wanted to have a theme about art (dancing, music, painting, etc). Perhaps sometime next year, and this one will be at the top of my list of books to hunt down. 🙂 And yes, I agree with Beth, Kerry Aradhya is awesome.

  20. Fantastic illustrations: amusing and witty, and ballet is one of my lifetime’s most favourite things.

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