“Some friendships take a little time to warm up.”
In this companion book to Caldecott Honor Book, Flora and the Flamingo by the same author, Flora is back! However, this time, she meets up with a penguin. This wordless picture book with flaps and foldouts focuses upon facial and body expression to reveal Flora and the penguin’s attitudes and frivolity. The dance they do together on ice is a strong metaphor for the ‘dance’ of friendship, with curiosity, conflict, concession, communication and most of all companionship.
The cool periwinkle blue, cheerful yellow and flowing watercolour lines create the sense of fluidity of friendship and fun. The flaps and fold outs will be challenging for young readers, (its intended audience) to handle physically, though they seem to be well attached and bound. The author has hit upon a good formula of a character and style, that will likely grow into a collection of similar books.
This book is idea for young children, English Language Learners and social storytelling for children with autism, as they retell the story in their own words and read into the expressions of the two friends.