Molly Idle on Flora and the Flamingo

molly idle Molly Idle on Flora and the FlamingoIn the July/August 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Elissa Gershowitz asked Flora and the Flamingo author/illustrator Molly Idle where Flora gets her groove. Read the starred review here.

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.

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Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is senior editor of The Horn Book Magazine and online content editor for The Horn Book, Inc. She is a current member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.

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