Flora and the Chicks: A Counting Book (Flora)

by Molly Idle (Author)

Flora and the Chicks: A Counting Book (Flora)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Flora
Inspired by the main character of the Caldecott Honor book Flora and the Flamingo, this new series of board books is perfect for the very youngest Flora fans. When a nest of eggs begins to hatch, how will Flora ever keep up with so many chicks? Featuring fold-out pages and Molly Idle's graceful artwork, this adorable counting book will delight young children as they master new words and concepts.
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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

Idle brings her balletic heroine Flora to a younger audience in this nearly wordless board book that finds the girl struggling to keep up with a nestful of hatching chickens. As the book counts up to 10 (the numbers are the book's only text, other than "The End"), children can open page-size flaps to follow the unfolding action. Clad in red overalls and a kerchief, Flora is as graceful as ever, lunging and dipping with elan as she gathers up the not-easily-gathered chicks, whose first steps and tussles offer gentle laughs throughout. Count on multiple readings. Up to age 3. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS--With the latest offerings starring the beloved Flora, Idle tackles the concepts of counting and opposites. Donning a yellow kerchief and a pair of red overalls in Chicks, Flora attempts to keep track of a bevy of chickens as they hatch and cavort around the farmyard. Readers will enjoy counting the chicks as page by page they increase in number. Flora displays moves that would earn the admiration of any ballerina, performing jetes and plies as she corrals the wayward chicks. In Ostrich, Flora befriends the long-necked bird. Wearing a purple, lace-trimmed romper and holding a yellow umbrella, the little girl is the perfect visual match for the feathered animal, but the shy ostrich is initially skeptical. As Flora tries to say "hello," the ostrich buries its head in the sand ("goodbye"). After a misunderstanding, Flora kneels in the foreground looking somber ("near") while in the background the ostrich nervously gazes at her ("far"), but eventually the two forge a strong bond. Gentle pastel hues pop against the white space, and the author/illustrator makes artful use of the gutter. Idle's characters, girl and birds alike, are wonderfully expressive, and the images have a timeless quality. Though the foldout pages may not survive numerous checkouts, they're enchanting, offering readers many delightful surprises. VERDICT Must-haves for any board book collection.--Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

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Molly Idle
Molly Idle's work as an author-illustrator includes the Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo, Flora and the Penguin, Flora and the Peacocks, Flora and the Chicks, Flora and the Ostrich, and Tea Rex, Camp Rex, Sea Rex, and Santa Rex, among other books, including Pearl, an original fable about a mermaid who learns the power of one small act. She lives with her family in Arizona, and invites you to visit her at idleillustration.com.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781452146577
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Chronicle Books
Publication date
March 20, 2017
Series
Flora
BISAC categories
JUV002040 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Birds
JUV002090 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Farm Animals
JUV009030 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Counting & Numbers
Library of Congress categories
Human-animal relationships
Dance
Animals
Infancy
Chickens
Counting
Chicks

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