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Flora and the Flamingo
What You Need to Know: • Flora and the Flamingo is a graceful story of an unlikely friendship told completely without words.
• Young readers will enjoy the chance to make up their own text for this story.
• Wordless books are great for emergent readers, as they help with all aspects of literacy acquisition.
Sweet Book Summary: Flora and the Flamingo is the story of an unlikely friendship between an aspiring little dancer and a flamingo. The story is told entirely through graceful illustrations. There is not a single bit of text. It seems that Flora has stumbled across a beautiful dancing flamingo. Flora apparently has decided that she would like to learn to move as gracefully and sleekly as the large, pink bird. At first the flamingo is annoyed, but then realizes that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and a friendship is born.
I don't think I can convey the beauty in the art of these illustrations. The simplicity and elegance of each drawing is pretty much awe-inspiring. The illustrations tell a story that has more depth than many stories that are chock full of words. The author, Molly Idle, is an animator, and she has put that talent into this book. I have included the book trailer below so you can see for yourself. And, although this trailer is actually animated and the book is not, the book reads just like this:
Wordless books are a great tool with young readers. Emergent readers get a great sense of ownership and success when they are left to tell the story. There is no wrong answer, which tends to validate. And even though there is no text, your young reader is learning about print awareness, how to hold the book, and sequencing. Wordless books allow your young readers to read, think, imagine, and predict; all skills that are required on the journey to literacy.
Sweet Discussion Questions: • Did you make up your own story for Flora and the Flamingo?
• What happened in your version of the story?
• How do you think Flora and the flamingo met?
• What do you think happened to these two friends when the story was over?
• Do you like books without words? Why or why not?