a family story…

Our first grandchild is due next week. She already has quite a sizeable library as friends were asked to gift books at her baby shower, but I may have added one more this week…


In 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 humour and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!

The reason I chose the name Flamingo Dancer is because of the synchronised mating dance that the Flamingos perform; all moving together,  yet each in their own moment. Harmony with the community, individualism still valued.

Of course I would be the leader of the flock!


11 thoughts on “a family story…

  1. Now, whenever I see your name, I’ll think of a group of flamingos traipsing through a lake in formation. 😀 But will you tell your grandchild of your blog when she’s able to read and access the internet?


  2. Flamingos were famously hard to breed in captivity because when there aren’t enough of them for a decent dance formation, they just don’t get in the mood at all… then zookeepers got the brilliant idea to put up loads of mirrors in the flamingo enclosures and voila, problem solved… the flamingos could now see enough other flamingos to get in the mood to make babies… and grandbabies when that time came, and so they DID!
    Here’s an example: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/essex/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_8854000/8854531.stm
    – and now I dunno why Colchester zoo of all places didn’t realize this until 2010, since it was in my textbook back when I studied animal behaviour in the early ’90s -?!
    Anywayz, cheers to successful flamingo reproduction – now and in all future!


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