Picture books for kids: Flora and the Flamingo

Picture books for kids
like Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle in which an aspiring young dancer is paired with a beautiful flamingo create memorable story time moments for you and your children.  Our friends at Sweet on Books explain why:

“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.


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:”

With no words, this book is perfect for children who haven’t started learning to read.  But as children grow up they have to become fluent readers.  Sign them up for a free 30 day trial of Reading Kingdom and see why we’re so effective at teaching children to read and write!

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