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Molly Idle on Flora and the Flamingo

Here’s where Roger Talks with Molly Idle.

In 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.

Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.

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