Friday, April 24, 2015
Recommended Picture Book: Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
Author: Molly Idle
Illustrator: Molly Idle
Publisher: Chronicle Books, February 2013
Age: 3 and up
Topic: Friendship, Ballet, Flamingos, Emotions
Opening: This is a wordless book.
Summary: In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony.
Printable activity sheets can be found here.
Common Core aligned teacher's guide for Flora and the Flamingo.
The five basic positions of ballet here.
What I like about the book:
This book is just too cute for words!!! The fact that it is wordless allows readers to interpret the actions, reactions and interactions between Flora and the Flamingo she wishes so desperately to dance with. The illustrations are just adorable, simple yet elegant, detailed but not overwhelmingly. Children will see a reluctant relationship bloom into a wonderful friendship.