#642 – Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Flora and the Penguin                    2014

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Flora and the Penguin

Written and illustrated by Molly Idletop-10-use-eb-trans
Published by Chronicle Books                9/30/2014
978-1-4521-2891-7
Age 4 to 8 (+)            32 pages
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“Flora is back and this time she partners with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, and gliding on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other in an exuberant ice dance. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results.”

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As Flora ties her right skate, she notices something poke out of a hole in the ice. What could it be?

Review

Flora is back at the ice rink, getting ready to glide and twirl when she sees something odd in the hole across from where she sits lacing her skate. Flora extends her hand, offering it to Penguin. He accepts (I am assuming Penguin is a he, I really do not know). Flipper in hand, the pair glide in perfect harmony. Left foot glide to the right; turn and right foot glide to the left. In absolute harmony, Flora and Penguin take off and then LEAP into a perfect twirl.

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Oh, NO! Penguin misses his landing, falling onto his rotund rear. Flora glides away . . . laughing. Penguin belly slides to her with a twinkle in his eye. This is not Flora and the Flamingo. The grace and style are present. The harmonious duet is there. The serious business of skating is not. Penguin brings the smiles and laughs out of Flora. He also spoils his partner, or, rather, he tries. Flora rejects Penguin’s gift. Sure, it is a small fish he has brought her; a snack Penguin chased below the ice—in synchronicity with Flora’s skating. Flora flips the fish over her head. Penguin looks mortified as his gift somehow lands into the hole in the ice and swims away.

The beautiful illustrations once again capture the elegant characters gliding, twirling, and leaping. At quick glance, one might believe this is the Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo, only with a penguin. That person would be wrong, terribly wrong. In Flora and the Flamingo, Flora is the student learning from Flamingo, the teacher. In Flora and the Penguin, Flora is no longer the student, nor is she the teacher. She and Penguin are friends skating together and having fun. When Penguin misses his landing, no one turns away in admonition. No, Flora happily laughs and Penguin giggles as they join back together. These two are playmates.

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Playmates have fights, as you are sure to remember. Flora turns away in a pout, checking on Penguin when he looks away. Penguin is also pouting in anger and keeping an eye on Flora. These two friends need to find their way back and Ms. Idle does this in grand style. A four-page grand spread. Flora and the Penguin is a gorgeous, wordless picture book that will wow anyone lucky enough to turn the pages. Some pages contain flip-up, -down, or –sideways, always changing the scene and promoting a smile.

Flora and the Penguin is an easy choice for anyone who loves ballet. Yet this gorgeous, should-win-lots-of-awards picture book will attract a wider audience. Like her throngs of admirers, I cannot wait for her next release, though I am secretly hoping for new characters in a new story. Whatever direction she takes, parents and young children will love the finished product. Ms. Idle has perfected the art of wordless storytelling.

FLORA AND THE PENGUIN. Text and illustrations copyright © 2014 by Molly Idle. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA.

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Learn more about Flora and the Penguin HERE

Meet the author/illustrator, Molly Idle, at her website:  http://idleillustration.com/

Find more picture books at the Chronicle Books’ website:   http://www.chroniclebooks.com/

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Also by Molly Idle

Camp Rex

Camp Rex

Tea Rex

Tea Rex

Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo

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Reviewed HERE

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Copyright © 2014 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews

11 thoughts on “#642 – Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

  1. Pingback: #854 – Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle | Kid Lit Reviews

  2. Ah, now THIS is the flightless bird we wanted to see! Flamingo already got all the attention 😉 Chronicle sent it pretty quickly for you! I adore Flora and the Flamingo—well, pretty much ANYthing Molly Idle puts out—so I KNOW I’m going to love this one. Can’t wait to see it 😀

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    • I could not wait to put my paws on this one either . . . and review it (kinda before Erik. He has been beating me right and left, lately). But really, that is just icing on the cake of a great new picture book. I like the playfulness of this edition. 😀

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    • Flora is more playful in this edition. The part where Penguin is below the ice, chasing the little fish for Fora, in time to her gliding back-and-forth, each going in the same direction, was one of the best scenes for me.

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    • The first wordless book I was sent was called Flood. No words but magnificent illustrations of a terrible storm and tornado, it’s aftermath, and the restored home and land. It is gorgeous. Very moving picture book. I think if you read Flood and saw a complete Flora and the . . . , either one, you would be hooked on exceptional wordless picture books. But those are really far and few between.

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