They're So Flamboyant

by Michael Genhart (Author) Tony Neal (Illustrator)

They're So Flamboyant
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

flam·boy·ant – a person (or bird!) who tends to attract attention because of their confidence, exuberance, and stylishness

This fun and funny bird's-eye tome to individuality, community, and harmony follows the reactions of a neighborhood full of birds when a “flamboyance” of flamingos moves in. Each band of birds—a gaggle of geese, a dole of doves, a charm of finches, a brood of chickens, a scream of swifts, and an unkindness of ravens—all have their feathers ruffled and express their apprehension about the new and different arrivals. Bright pink colors, long legs, how dare they! Even a watch of nightingales patrols after dark. When the band of jays decides it is time to settle down the neighborhood, the pride of peacocks takes the lead, with support from a waddle of penguins, a venue of vultures, a mob of emus, and a gulp of cormorants. Finally, they all land at the flamingos’ welcome party only to realize that they had all been birdbrained. Their new neighbors are actually quite charming, and not so scary and different after all. Includes a note from the author on helping children to learn about acceptance, avoid stereotyping, and model welcoming behavior.


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Feathered friends are flustered when flamingos move into the neighborhood... this story is a welcome springboard for age-appropriate discussions of assumptions, stereotypes, and inclusion. Engaging wordplay makes a serious point about inclusion.

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Michael Genhart
Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He has also written Rainbow: A First Book of Pride; Cake & I Scream!; Mac & Geeeez!; Peanut Butter & Jellyous; Ouch! Moments; I See You; So Many Smarts!; and Accordionly. He lives with his family in Marin County. Visit MichaelGenhart.com, @MJGenhart on Facebook, @MGenhart on Twitter, and @MichaelGenhart on Instagram.

Tony Neal is a graphic artist and illustrator. He loves to create charming characters in whimsical scenes and telling stories with his pictures. He lives in South Leicestershire, England. Visit tonyneal.co.uk and @TonyNealArt on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781433832789
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Magination Press
Publication date
October 20, 2021
Series
-
BISAC categories
JUV002040 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Birds
JUV039120 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Prejudice & Racism
JUV060000 - Juvenile Fiction | LGBT
Library of Congress categories
Birds
Animals
English language
Toleration
Neighborhoods
Collective nouns

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