Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle | SLJ Review

redstarIdle, Molly. Flora and the Peacocks. illus. by Molly Idle. 40p. Chronicle. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452138169. PB_IDLE_Flora and the Peacocks

PreS-Gr 1 –Idle’s story introduces a new dance­­—one of friendship. Flora, holding her Japanese fan, greets two peacocks. However, only one becomes interested by her presence, which inspires jealousy within its comrade. The dance between the characters creates drama that leaves Flora upset. But a graceful end supports the notion that a duo can be a trio, as the peacocks apologize and unite to restore Flora’s broken fan. The visual narrative depicts the polarizing emotions that can ensue when it comes to adopting new friends. Although this is a wordless picture book, movable flaps and the more than noticeable facial and body expressions help young readers understand the conflict. Through blues, greens, and yellows, Idle depicts lovely peacocks, and the white backdrop creates a perfect stage for this gentle dance of kinship. The grand finale foldout is a showstopping, if somewhat fragile, element. VERDICT A fun and flashy selection for all collections.–Briana Moore, School Library Journal

This review was published in the School Library Journal April 2016 issue.

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