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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. Summer

    June 11th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I love flamingos! This is too cute and perfect for summer!

  2. kellee koga

    June 11th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I love The Patchwork Tooth Fish!!!!

  3. bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com

    June 11th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    This book is so darling. Thanks so much for sharing the craft idea with us!

  4. Marta ABilingualBaby blog

    June 11th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    My favourite children’s book is Harold and the Purple Crayon. Thank you!
    Best regards from Barcelona, Spain,
    Marta

  5. Barbara

    June 11th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    My son absolutely loves stories with flamingos!

  6. cynthia Rathunde

    June 11th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I loved Green Eggs and Ham.

  7. julie

    June 11th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    LOVE this so much! Right now our favorite children’s book is brown bear brown bear!

  8. Rosalinda

    June 11th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    My kids have always loved Going on a Bear Hunt.

  9. Kristen W.

    June 11th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    This book looks so cute! And I love that it encourages kids to come up with their own story and use their imagination! Our current favorite book is Madeline.

  10. Mary Kathryn

    June 11th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    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.

  11. Annie

    June 11th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for the fun giveaway–this will be so fun to “read” with my little boy 😀

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

  12. lauren

    June 11th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

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

  13. Shira palombo

    June 11th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

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

  14. Katie Beth

    June 11th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I love this. So cute and fun!

  15. Tina

    June 11th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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

  16. Gina DeSantis

    June 11th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

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

  17. Dana

    June 11th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

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

  18. Amy

    June 11th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Love the bookcover!

  19. Abby

    June 11th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    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!!!

  20. Teresa hemsworth

    June 11th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

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

  21. Heather Ogburn

    June 11th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

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

  22. Suzana

    June 12th, 2014 at 12:37 am

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

  23. chrissy

    June 12th, 2014 at 8:02 am

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

  24. Samantha Lee

    June 12th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    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. 🙂

  25. Hay

    June 12th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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

  26. Rachel

    June 12th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

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

  27. Christine Kerver

    June 13th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    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! 🙂

  28. katerina@lexandliv

    June 13th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    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!

  29. Brooke Dewey

    June 13th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I love where the wild things are!!

  30. Silvia

    June 14th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    My daughter’ s favorite is Olivia and the Princesses!

  31. Jessica

    June 14th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

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

  32. Erin

    June 16th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    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!

  33. Holly

    June 17th, 2014 at 8:28 am

    My daughters favorite was Piggies.

  34. Nancy Schwarz

    January 6th, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Hi,
    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 😀
    Thank you!

  35. Kim

    January 6th, 2015 at 8:05 am

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

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