Tickled pink: a wordless and wonderful picture book

Flora and the Flamingo on Cool Mom PicksAlthough I’m a passionate lover of words, I’m in love with this gorgeously illustrated picture book for kids that tells an entire story about friendship, acceptance, and beauty. . . without a single word.

Flora and the Flamingo is pure delight for the young (and young-at-heart.) Even if your kids don’t typically adore all-things-pink, or don’t have a yearning to be a ballerina, you’ll find that this book is so much more than that.

The story shows little Flora beside a tall, proud flamingo. She immediately tries to copy his poses, until the cheeky bird squawks at her, which gives her a tumble. What comes next is so lovely, you can almost hear the orchestra swelling: the two begin to dance and form an unlikely friendship.

And, yes, all of this is done without a single word. But while it’s lacking in printed text, the illustrations are extraordinary and convey beautiful emotion. Former DreamWorks artist Molly Idle does a magnificant job of capturing the movement of the two characters, without a whole lot of “noise” on the pages. And children will love to lift the flaps to see how the story unfolds. 

Flora and the Flamingo book on Cool Mom Picks

It’s like discovering a wonderful silent movie, all heart and imagination.

I also appreciate how open to interpretation this story is. Very young kids will see this as a story of friendship. Older kids might want to talk about how they feel when a friend rejects them. And all ages may relate to how good it feels to move our bodies, even if we aren’t all made of the stuff of prima ballerinas.

Here’s a book I’ll keep front-and-center on our bookshelf. Even though my kids have long graduated to reading books on their own, this is one they’ll enjoy “reading” as a family, too. -Christina

Molly Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo is available at our affiliate Amazon

Christina

Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.

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