The Resource Flora and the flamingo, Molly Idle

Flora and the flamingo, Molly Idle

Label
Flora and the flamingo
Title
Flora and the flamingo
Statement of responsibility
Molly Idle
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this wordless book with interactive flaps, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together
Member of
Tone
Illustration
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2014
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2013.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2 — This charming story begs to be an animated short-unsurprising, given the author's animation background-yet it works remarkably well as a wordless lift-the-flap book. Sparely illustrated, its full-spread white backgrounds with delicate pink-blossom borders emphasize the actions of the two protagonists. A lone flamingo lands onto the nearly blank expanse of the title page. Soon, it is joined by little Flora, who provides a sweetly round counterpoint to the angular bird. She furtively imitates the flamingo's moves with utmost concentration and extremely comical poses until it catches on and squawks angrily, driving her away in a sulk. Friendship triumphs in the end, and the unlikely couple dance together and joyously cannonball into water on the last double foldout page. As neither flamingos nor little girls are known for their inherent elegance, the duo's surprisingly graceful moves are reminiscent of dancing hippos and ostriches from Disney's Fantasia . This delightful romp is a worthy addition to most collections and will appeal to flamingo and ballet fans alike.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY --Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova (Reviewed April 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 4, p132)
  • /* Starred Review */ Without providing a backstory for the eponymous pair’s curious meeting, Idle (Nighty Night, Noah) imagines a wordless encounter between a lithe, sultry flamingo and a pudgy little girl in a bathing suit, swim cap, and flippers. The call-and-response nature of their dance—the flamingo poses in a series of sinuous movements on the left, Flora does her awkward best to mimic them on the right—produces a series of beautifully lighthearted tableaus. At first, Flora models her movements on the flamingo’s, unbeknownst to the bird. A series of stumbles draws a sharp reaction from the flamingo and a sulk from Flora, but the flamingo relents and the two collaborate on a graceful duet that ends with a joyous flourish. Inset flaps add drama by revealing new poses, and Idle’s crisp, confident drafting produces a reading experience akin to flipping through a series of animation cells. There’s an undertone of a growing-up story, too, as Flora almost seems to shed childhood self-consciousness and take her first tentative steps into womanhood. It’s seamless and dynamic visual storytelling. Ages 3–up. Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 21, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 03, p)
  • Klutzy but endearing Flora (dumpily clad in swimsuit, bathing cap and flippers) and a dancing flamingo are the protagonists of this whimsical, wordless tale, which will have special appeal for budding ballerinas. Initially playing hard to get, then gradually warming to her overtures, the flamingo literally takes Flora under his wing and teaches her to dance. The story of the evolving camaraderie between this unlikely duo is told with humor and compassion through the use of a delicate flowing line and a limited, subtle color palette (mostly pink). The occasional simple rectangular fold-down flap cleverly allows each character to reveal a quirky new gesture or change of mood when the story demands. Illustrator Idle's prior experience as a DreamWorks animator is evident in the flowing, musical quality of the illustrations; one can almost hear the 3/4 beat of a waltz in the background. The seamless grace of the flamingo's dance contrasts humorously with Flora's faltering steps, but by the end of the story, they swoop, plunge and soar together like old ballet partners. Courageous use of white space--several pages contain a solitary waterlily--and a confident animated style are used to good effect in this sweet story of a young girl and her unlikely mentor. (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2013)
Awards note
  • Caldecott Honor Book, 2014.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, Younger Readers 2014.
  • Horn Book, Fanfare Book, Picture Books 2014.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10172645
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Idle, Molly Schaar
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.I217
LC item number
Flo 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Flora books (Molly Idle)
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Flamingos
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Dance
  • Stories without words
  • Lift-the-flap books
  • Flamingos
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Dance
  • Stories without words
  • Lift-the-flap books
  • Toy and movable books
  • Flamingos
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Dance
  • Stories without words
Target audience
preschool
Label
Flora and the flamingo, Molly Idle
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn793503428
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781452110066
Lccn
2012014608
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)793503428
Label
Flora and the flamingo, Molly Idle
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn793503428
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781452110066
Lccn
2012014608
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)793503428

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