Flora and the Penguin

by Molly Idle

Dressed in blue and yellow, Flora looks not unlike the penguin that soon joins her... read more

Dressed in blue and yellow, Flora looks not unlike the penguin that soon joins her as she skates across the ice in this appealing wordless picture book. The two make a perfect pair. But the penguin’s foray back into the water to capture a fish, which it presents to Flora with a flourish, leads to a little friction. Molly Idle’s soft palette should not be mistaken for sweetness; there’s a humorous edge to Flora and her companion, in the lines of their bodies — whether in harmony or opposition — and the looks on their faces. The clever design incorporates occasional flaps that reveal shifts in the action and emotions of the characters in this follow-up to Flora and the Flamingo (Chronicle, 2013). (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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