I am so excited to be posting today for this Summer Reading Series! I love flamingos, so when I spotted this book, Flora and the Flamingo, I knew I had to get it for my daughter, Kate. The illustration and typography on the cover sold me without even opening the book. Once we “read” it together, I realized that it is a picture book with no words. The gorgeous illustrations tell a story of a girl and a flamingo who explore their friendship through synchronized dance. Kate was so, so cute and made up her own story to tell me while looking at the pictures. From the publisher, Chronicle Books:
In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!
I loved that it challenged Kate to be creative and come up with her own story to tell about this adorable duo. For our book-inspired craft, we decided to create a flamingo paper puppet dance recital!
Step 1 | Download and print our flamingo designs
Step 2 | Cut out flamingos
Step 3 | Attach flamingos to straws using tape
Step 4 | Draw theater drapes on a poster board for a backdrop
Step 5 | Put on a flamingo dance show!
This book is so adorable, and I highly recommend you check it out.
Kim Stoegbauer is a party stylist and the founder of The TomKat Studio Blog + Shop. Kim frequently styles for HGTV and DIY Network, and brand partners including Pottery Barn Kids, Barbie, Shutterfly and Vera Bradley. Visit her site for daily creative inspiration for parties, crafts, recipes and decorating ideas!