Title: Flora and the Penguin
Author: Molly Idle
Illustrator: Molly Idle
Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2014
Topic: Friendship, Ice skating, Penguins
Opening: this is a wordless book. The opening page shows Flora putting on ice skates and a penguin poking its nose out of an ice hole.
Summary: Flora and her friend penguin enjoy ice skating together, but when Flora misunderstands penguin’s gift of a fish, there are hurt feelings on the ice. They have to work together to mend their friendship.
In this story, Flora and her dance companion are ice skating. Since this is a wordless book, have your child(ren) learn the names of the different ice skating techniques and moves.
Create dialogue for the illustrations.
1. Why do you think penguin gave Flora a fish?
2. What was Flora’s response?
3. How did penguin respond to Flora’s rejection of the fish?
4. Why do you think Flora rejected the fish?
5. Have you ever not like a gift a friend gave you? What did you do?
6. What are some polite ways of accepting an unwanted gift?
Why I Like the Book:
The illustrator Molly Idle did another fantastic job telling this story through pictures. She has created a lovable character in Flora and the penguin. The illustrations are soft and muted. I loved the various layers in the illustrations. While Flora and penguin danced above the ice, the fish below also danced with them, following the movements. On one page, I could tell Flora did a figure 8 because of the fish.