Elissa Gershowitz: Is there music in your head to accompany the story? (I hear the Sugar Plum Fairy song.)
Molly Idle: I love Tchaikovsky’s music — and The Nutcracker Suite is one of my favorites! I’ve actually had a different movement from the Nutcracker running through my head as I’m choreographing the sketches for another Flora book. But the piece that plays in my head when I read Flora and the Flamingo is Strauss’s Blue Danube Waltz. The “bum-bum, bum-bum” echoed in each refrain works just perfectly with the flipping of the flaps in this book.