Day: January 31, 2013

Review: Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

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Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

There are oh so many ballet books out there for little ballerinas who look for tulle and pointe shoes.  So it was with that bias and perhaps a cringe or two that I opened this book.  Inside it’s very pink cover is a very pink world that is pure pink fabulousness!  In this wordless book, Flora meets the flamingo and immediately imitates its stance and attitude.  Then the flamingo launches into a dance that Flora struggles to match in her swimcap and flippers.  It all goes well until Flora loses her footing and flops into the water.  What happens next speaks to what friends should do when they see someone take a flop.  Start again with plenty of support.  All this with no words!

Idle has a stunning simplicity in this book.  It has the draw of flaps to open, but that is all about the dance and the movement.  There is a pleasure in lengthening the dance by having the two of them dance movements again and again by opening and closing the flaps.  It turns readers into storytellers in a way that is engaging and free, just as this entire book is throughout. 

I love Flora and her lack of tulle and ballet outfit.  Instead wearing her swim gear, she is able to mimic the flamingo all the better.  It takes the emphasis off of the clothes of ballet and back to the dance itself.  Now all children need is a friendly flamingo.  Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from copy received from Chronicle Books.

2013 Amelia Bloomer Project

The Amelia Bloomer Project recommends feminist literature for children and teens aged birth through 18 years old.  It is part of the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association’s Social Responsibility Round Table.  You can see the entire list on their website.  Here are their selections for the top ten:

TOP TEN

Code Name Verity  Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers by Sarah E. Warren, illustrated by Robert Casilla

Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond by Lilly Ledbetter with Lanier Scott Isom

Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President by Ann Malaspina, illustrated by Steve James

In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins

King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman

A Little F'd Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word Rookie Yearbook One Summer of the Mariposas

A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word by Julie Zeilinger

Rookie Yearbook One edited by Tavi Gevinson

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Womanthology: Heroic

Womanthology: Heroic