Picture Book of the Week: Flora and the Flamingo| December 27, 2013
From OtLS favorite, Molly Idle, this wordless picture book is flat-out awesome! I just bought my first copy of Flora and the Flamingo to give away as a gift. This book falls into so many categories, but let me first tell you what it’s about. Flora (who appears to be an aspiring toddler ballerina-swimmer), begins mimicking a flamingo. Then she continues mimicking the flamingo. She mimics a little more and eventually, the pair dances off into pink nirvana.
So, there are flaps in this book, that require flipping, but I hesitate to call this a flip-the-flap book, because it’s more than that. As I mentioned earlier, it’s wordless, but Idle’s expression-filled drawings show more feelings than any words could tell (not an easy task to show a flamingo’s feelings). I’ve also stated in a previous post that Idle’s drawings look like they’re deleted scenes ripped from a classic Disney film (I said Dumbo), which makes sense, as I’ve since been informed (by Mama Funk, who brilliantly read the inner flap of Flora and the Flamingo) that Idle is a former DreamWorks animator (see the trailer below).
Maybe Flora is actually the bird’s name, and flamingo is a metaphor for the little girl? Or maybe I’m reading into it a little too much. Is it possible to read into something that has no words? (Whoa – mind just got blown!)
Flora and the Flamingo is a wordless (but emotion-filled), flap flipping (but not flip-the-flap), euphoric dancing, friendship building, artistic masterpiece shaded in pink.
Borrow. Read. Return. Repeat.