Flora and the Penguin (Flora)

by Molly Idle (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Flora
Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other's graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do.

For more feathery fun, pick up Flora and the Flamingo, Flora and the Peacocks, Flora and Friends Matching Game or, coming soon, Flora and the Chicks.
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Kirkus Reviews

Funny and charming-a winning, worthy follow-up.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

Idle reprises the structure and format of her Caldecott Honor-winning Flora and the Flamingo in this wordless wintry companion, which is every bit as graceful a performance for both Flora and her creator. A thick sheet of ice serves as the canvas for Flora's skating performance with a penguin that has climbed up onto the ice; a cutaway view of the pale blue-violet water below shows a school of fish doing a dance of their own. Small glued-in flaps help create a sense of movement, and also explore the brief rift that forms between Flora and the penguin after the bird dives back below the ice in pursuit of a fish. Once again, Idle's elegantly drafted scenes couldn't be more polished, and the foldout sequence that brings this dance to a close feels like a real triumph. Ages 3-5. Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-K--Idle's bold and balletic Flora is back in another wordless adventure, this time infused with icy blue, to skate with a penguin. The simple story is told entirely in pictures--featuring only a few colors on a white background--that are eloquent and irresistible. As in Flora and the Flamingo (Chronicle, 2013), small page flaps advance the story and establish the relationship between the two well-defined characters. There a simple conflict and a satisfying resolution, made more dramatic with a glorious gatefold. Preschoolers will enjoy narrating the action while they flip through the pages of this beautiful book.--Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

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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.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Chronicle Books
Publication date
September 20, 2014
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV032120 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Ice Skating
Library of Congress categories
Human-animal relationships
Stories without words
Toy and movable books
Conduct of life
Friendship in children
Lift-the-flap books
Ice skating
Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up)
Silver Medal Winner 2015 - 2015

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