March 22, 2018

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Flora and the Chicks & Flora and the Ostrich by Molly Idle | SLJ Review

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redstarIDLE, Molly. Flora and the Chicks. Mar. 2017. ISBN 9781452146577.

redstar––––. Flora and the Ostrich. Sept. 2017. ISBN 9781452146584.

ea vol: illus. by Molly Idle. 20p. Chronicle. Board $9.99.

PreS –With the latest offerings starring the beloved Flora, Idle tackles the concepts of counting and opposites. Donning a yellow kerchief and a pair of red overalls in Chicks, Flora attempts to keep track of a bevy of chickens as they hatch and cavort around the farmyard. Readers will enjoy counting the chicks as page by page they increase in number. Flora displays moves that would earn the admiration of any ballerina, performing jetés and pliés as she corrals the wayward chicks. In Ostrich, Flora befriends the long-necked bird. Wearing a purple, lace-trimmed romper and holding a yellow umbrella, the little girl is the perfect visual match for the feathered animal, but the shy ostrich is initially skeptical. As Flora tries to say “hello,” the ostrich buries its head in the sand (“goodbye”). After a misunderstanding, Flora kneels in the foreground looking somber (“near”) while in the background the ostrich nervously gazes at her (“far”), but eventually the two forge a strong bond. Gentle pastel hues pop against the white space, and the author/illustrator makes artful use of the gutter. Idle’s characters, girl and birds alike, are wonderfully expressive, and the images have a timeless quality. Though the foldout pages may not survive numerous checkouts, they’re enchanting, offering readers many delightful surprises. VERDICT Must-haves for any board book collection.–Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

This review was published in the School Library Journal August 2017 issue.

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Mahnaz Dar ( is Assistant Managing Editor for Library Journal and School Library Journal and can be found on Twitter @DibblyFresh.

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