Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Molly Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo won a 2014 Caldecott Honor. It is a wordless picture book with fold outs and flaps that add movement, fluidity, humour and surprise to the ballet dance that is played out through the story. It’s a truly beautiful picture book.

flora

The second book doesn’t disappoint, it delivers all the charm and magic of the first.

In the second book Flora develops a new friendship, this time with a penguin. Flora takes to the ice to learn a new synchronised dance. The two friends twist and twirl and spin and glide across the pages.

The limited palette, elegant illustrations, and clever, witty use of flaps and fold outs make indulging in this picture book a magical experience.

I hope we see more of Flora in the future, she is a wonderful creation.

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