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Felipe the Flamingo

Felipe the Flamingo

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by Jill Ker Conway

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A story about Felipe, a young flamingo, who is left behind when his flock migrates to find more food. Other creatures care for him until he's grown enough to join the flock and his family.


A story about Felipe, a young flamingo, who is left behind when his flock migrates to find more food. Other creatures care for him until he's grown enough to join the flock and his family.

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Armchair Interviews
New York Times best-selling author Jill Ker Conway has written a charming story that has several themes relevant to all children:

--The pain of teasing and name calling
--Body image (being different)
--Supporting and helpful friends
--Loving parents

The drawings by Lokken Millis are whimsical and wonderful, incorporating ocean birds and turtles in their natural surroundings.

Little ones would love this fun and funny story read to them. Middle readers will enjoy the new words they will learn, like: "raucous laugh"; "orange fritillaries" (butterflies); and her hair was plaited (braided) in a long pigtail."

In the end Felipe the Flamingo, who had a stiff and short neck and white feathers, has human and ocean friends who help him solve the problem, stretch his neck so he can eat, and feed him until he can eat the food that makes him pink--like all the other flamingos. Until then, he is teased and very unhappy.

Armchair Interviews says: Felipe had a great adventure that any child will enjoy being a part of as his parents, his friends and he work to help him become PINK. --Connie Anderson

Children's Literature - Barbara Youngblood
This is a darling, coming-of-age story illustrated with great watercolor prints of the characters in the story. Felipe has not grown as his parents expected. His neck is still stiff so it is hard for him to eat on his own, and he is still very white, not pink like his parents and the other flamingos in their group. His parents are leaders of the group and need to fly with the other flamingos to show them the way to the next feeding area. So little Felipe stays behind with Eleanor Egret to watch over him. Other animals and a little human girl in a kayak all start to help Felipe with his problems. A couple of friends bring him lots of shrimp, a turtle who once had a stiff neck comes over to try a new neck stretching method, and butterflies teach some of their tricks for flying. Felipe starts to change little by little. He is enjoying all his newfound friends; everyone is helping him so much. His neck feels better and his tummy is full. Felipe can even tuck his head under his wing and has a few successes with flying attempts. Then the big day arrives and he realizes that the feathers that he is preening are PINK, PINK, PINK. The benefits of close friendship, the normal patterns of growing up, and the sharing of common feelings are all displayed in this colorful book.

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From the author of The Phantom Tollbooth and the 2006 Caldecott winner for The Hello Goodbye Window: "A lovely story that children are sure to identify with and that parents will be cajoled into rereading endlessly."

Meet the Author

Jill Ker Conway was born in 1934 in a remote part of outback Australia, where she completed elementary school by correspondence. She attended secondary school and university in Sydney, and came to the United States in 1960 to complete her doctoral work at Harvard. Lokken Millis has been a painter and illustrator since the 1980s. This is her fourth children's book.

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Felipe the Flamingo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
nanaFT More than 1 year ago
Love the story line but a long book.