Flora and The Flamingo...

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I am so excited to be participating in a creative book series on Paging Supermom today! Perfect for summer, they have asked their favorite bloggers to create a craft inspired by a favorite children's book.

I am obsessed with flamingos (remember the flamingo party I almost hosted last year?), so when I spotted this book, Flora and the Flamingo, I knew I had to get it for Kate. The illustration and typography on the cover sold me without even opening the book. Once we "read" it together, I quickly realized that 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. Each time she "reads" it, the story changes a bit. Too cute!

From the publisher, Chronicle BooksIn 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!

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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!

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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!

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Such an easy craft, and provides hours of fun for your little ones!

Be sure to stop by Paging Supermom and check out the Books Alive for Summer Series! Every few days they will be posting a new craft inspired by favorite books! Follow along and find great ideas to keep your kids busy this summer!

Exciting news! Thanks to Chronicle Books, we are giving away 2 copies of Flora and Flamingo!

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  1. Mary Kathryn 06/11/2014

    I would love to win this for my daughter. She has a creative mind and a love for all the "cool" birds (owls, penguins, flamingos, etc.) Thank you for this opportunity.

  2. Annie 06/11/2014

    Thanks for the fun giveaway--this will be so fun to "read" with my little boy :D

    My favorite children's books are the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle short stories.

  3. lauren 06/11/2014

    I love the No David books. My preschool kids love them as well!

  4. Shira palombo 06/11/2014

    How adorable! Hope im the lucky one ;)!!!!

  5. Katie Beth 06/11/2014

    I love this. So cute and fun!

  6. Tina 06/11/2014

    SUPER cute Kim! We are still hooked on all the Madeline books and I read at least two a night to Kate :)

  7. Gina DeSantis 06/11/2014

    I love the ABC book by Dr. Suess. Such a fun way to teach my kiddo the alphabet!

  8. Dana 06/11/2014

    I always loved reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom with my mom and I'd love to share this story with her.

  9. Amy 06/11/2014

    Love the bookcover!

  10. Abby 06/11/2014

    I am in love with this book! Thanks for the printables too...they are darling, and I just might have to use them for a pool party!!!

  11. Teresa hemsworth 06/11/2014

    That is too cute, my girls and I love flamingos!

  12. Heather Ogburn 06/12/2014

    My favorite is The Giving Tree! Love the message of that sweet story.

  13. Suzana 06/12/2014

    My favourite childhood book is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch!!

  14. chrissy 06/12/2014

    I have been wanting to get this book. It looks adorable!

  15. Samantha Lee 06/12/2014

    I have such a soft spot for flamingos! What a darling book! One that I love reading with my daughter is "the little engine that could" or "the little house". I love the old fashioned pictures and prose. :)

  16. Hay 06/12/2014

    I love the childrens book Madeline! A classic that I read as a child!

  17. Rachel 06/13/2014

    Looks like darling illustrations! Would love a copy of Flora and Flamingo! Our most recent favorite book is A Sick Day with Amos McGee.

  18. Christine Kerver 06/13/2014

    This book is adorable! The flamingo is my spirit animal!

    I remember reading The Berenstain Bears series throughout my childhood most vividly. Always a good lessons to be learnt in those books.

    Good luck everyone! :)

  19. [email protected] 06/13/2014

    I adore Flora and the Flamingo. I purchased it without realising that there were no words but that's one of the things I love most about it. So I won't be entering but had to comment because I got overexcited. I too am flamingo obsessed. The combination of black, white and pink is one of my current favourite colour combinations in decorating right now. This book, and Sharon Montrose's flamingo photographs!

  20. Brooke Dewey 06/13/2014

    I love where the wild things are!!

  21. Silvia 06/14/2014

    My daughter' s favorite is Olivia and the Princesses!

  22. Jessica 06/14/2014

    Love this idea and contest! Summer reading...here we come!

  23. Erin 06/16/2014

    My favorite book as a kid was "The New Dog Next Door"
    My daughter just recently said she wanted a Flamingo party so this book would be a perfect gift for her!

  24. Holly 06/17/2014

    My daughters favorite was Piggies.

  25. Nancy Schwarz 01/06/2015

    I was wondering if there's a chance to have a 0 drawn with the same letter style of the legs? I am celebrating my 40th birthday with a flamingo theme and would love to add the 0 to the 4 :D
    Thank you!

    • Kim 01/06/2015

      Hi Nancy!
      Unfortunately, the illustration was something I purchased, so I cannot edit it!


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