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Fussy Flamingo

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Offer me a picture book about a flamingo, especially a fussy one, and I'll read it every time. (My students will, too!) This book is precious and fun--I can't wait to introduce it to my classroom!
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3.5 stars, rounded up to 4. This is a cute story about a flamingo named Lola who is a picky eater. She won't eat shrimp, she says they're yucky, muddy, and soggy- she eats things like avocado (which turns her green), pepino melon (which turns her yellow with purple stripes), and dragon fruit (which turns her a magenta shade with white bits with black polka-dots). Her parents want her to eat shrimp, however, so she'll turn pink like the rest of the flock. They finally get her to admit she's never tried shrimp, so she finally does- and loves them! Soon she's eating shrimp every day, and has turned pink, like everyone else. Following the story are interesting facts about flamingos, as well as a list of websites were readers can find more info. Now, I like the encouragement to get picky eaters to try new foods and see if they like them, but pairing that with the flamingo parents' desire for Lola to only eat shrimp seems counterintuitive, as human parents want their kids to eat a varied diet. Also, Lola is being encouraged to look like everyone else rather than being allowed to be herself, which also seems like an iffy message to me. Perhaps I'm overthinking it. The art is really cute, fun, and engaging, and the story is told with a sing-songy refrain that signals Lola about to sneak away, making for a good read-aloud story. Recommended, but follow with a discussion of the importance of eating a varied diet if you're a human rather than a flamingo!

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I loved this book so much! I truly appreciated the character development and how the characters were shown throughout the whole book. There is so much to learn and appreciate from this book. I am buying a copy to put into my classroom library and can't wait to read it to my students. Thank you!
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This is a fun, entertaining book with a great message. Lola is a flamingo that is not pink like her parents or others. Flamingos get their colour from eating shrimp, but Lola will not eat them, she won't even try them. She sneaks off and eats all kinds of fruit. I like that the fruit is not all ones that everyone knows about. The problem is that the fruit changes her color to the fruit colors, instead of pink. I loved the colorful illustrations and the kids loved all the different colors she turned. The illustrations showed emotion and feeling to fit the story. Of course at the end, she finally tries shrimp and decides it is not too bad. A great story about picky eaters, trying new things and listening to your parents. The repetitive text makes it a perfect read aloud for younger children to join in. There is some great information in the back of the book with flamingo facts and actual pictures of flamingos. There are also some websites to check out. The final test for me is if they want me to read it again and this one was a hit. In fact, after the third reading, they were reciting it with me. A great addition to a family library.
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'Fussy Flamingo' by Shelly Vaughan James with art by Matthew Rivera is a picture book about a younger flamingo who is a picky eater.

Lola lives in the swamp with her parents.  She is not pink like they are, and they are trying to get her to eat shrimp (where flamingos get their color from).  Lola doesn't want to eat shrimp, so she sneaks away to eat other things.  Those things change her feathers to different colors.  Will she ever learn to like what her parents like?

This was a pretty cute story, and I really liked the artwork.  Kids will get a nice giggle out of the fun surprises along the way.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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Lola’s parents keep encouraging her to eat shrimp, but she’s sure shrimp are yucky so she sneaks off and tries some other foods instead. Except her parents keep finding out when her feathers change colors. Will Lola ever be a pink flamingo?

I like the way this teaches kids that flamingo’s coloration is due to their diet. The fruit introduced are rather exotic tropical fruit too. And I like the resolution of the tale when Lola deigns to try the food she is sure is gross. A good tale for picky eaters, flamingo lovers, fruit lovers, and color story fans.

I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Fussy Flamingo is a cute little children's book about a little flamingo who is quite the picky eater. She refuses to eat the shrimp that will make her feathers pink. 

The book is fun, engaging and has beautiful illustrations. Children will enjoy it!  

The publisher made this book available via Netgalley. This is my honest review.
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Fussy Flamingo is a picturebook written by Shelly Vaughan James and illustrated by Matthew Rivera that is currently scheduled for release on July 1 2020.  Lola is the "no, no" flamingo. Lola will NOT eat shrimp, thank you very much. She does NOT care that it will turn her feathers pink. It is just plain yucky. But when Lola sneaks other snacks, she discovers that you really are what you eat. 

Fussy Flamingo is an entertaining read that adults and young readers can enjoy together. I loved the artwork, and thought it captured the story and the moods of the characters perfectly. I have a picky eater at home, and some of the chars between Lola and her parents felt very familiar. She is more interested in exploring and eating colorful fruit than the shrimp she is supposed to eat. I liked that the fruit she ate might be new to some readers, and just might encourage them to give them a try. I like that in the end her parents just asked her to try the shrimp, which is all we can ever really do, and of course once she tries them she liked them. I also liked that the book offers real information about flamingos at the end of the book. The facts chosen were interesting and add an extra layer of interest to the story. 

I think Fussy Flamingo will appeal to a wide range of readers, and that it might become a favorite for sharing at home or during a storytime or classroom setting.
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Fussy Flamingo
By: Shelley Vaughan James and Matthew Rivera
4.8 / 5.0

I loved how creative this picture book is. I’ve never thought about a flamingo eating anything other than shrimp and changing color. It was a very enjoyable read. I also loved the repetition of Lola sneaking away. There are also flamingo facts at the end, so if someone wants to know more about flamingos at the end of the novel they have plenty to read. This is such a fun book that I hope everyone takes the time to read.


Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fussy-Flamingo-Shelly-Vaughan-James/dp/1728209706/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=fussy+flamingo&qid=1592945828&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fussy-flamingo-shelly-vaughan-james/1133879185?ean=9781728209708

This review will appear on my blog on July 1,2020.
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I was unable to read this book as it did not download correctly. The cover is super cute and I look forward to perhaps purchasing a copy.
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Such a fun read aloud with a great overall message.   Lola doesn’t want to eat the shrimp her parents keep suggesting. When she finally tries it, she’s pleasantly surprised!  A great book for your picky eaters. Loved it!
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This book not only has fun and colorful illustrations, it also comically portrays what could happen if a child didn't follow their parents' advice, all the while using birds as the examples. The repetitive text makes it a perfect read aloud for younger children to join in and perhaps even mimic the one legged dilly-dallying, a phrase i think is well-used in this story. It was nice to learn about different types of fruit that grow where Lola lives. Not surprisingly, Lola finally gives shrimp a try even though she had all kinds of issues with that particular type of food.  There is a nice section at the end of the book that has an actual photograph of a baby flamingo and some flamingo facts as well as a list of websites to search for more information which would be quite helpful to readers.  I know I'd certainly like to explore them for more information!
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This story, featuring Lola the fussy flamingo, would be great for picky eaters or even kiddos who are hesitant to try a new activity.

The story's repetition and beautiful illustrations will be enjoyed by parents and kids alike.  I especially enjoyed the flamingo facts at the end of the book.  Also, the endpaper was very fun!
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Fussy Flamingo. By Shelly Vaughan James, Illustrator: Matthew Rivera. 2020. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (ARC eBook).

A cheerfully entertaining story. The colorful illustrations are adorable and the lesson clever, yet clear. With an extra dose of fun facts about flamingos, this picture book should be helpful for parents with picky eaters.
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Who doesn't love a story about a picky eater? This is a very young aimed version of that plot, just as much about colors as about diverse eating. We see the flamingo eating one food exclusively until she turns that color. The book also includes a page of flamingo facts.
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I received an electronic ARC from Sourcebook Kids through NetGalley.
Lola does not want to eat shrimp like the rest of the flamingos. She explores other options and stands out from her flock. Young readers will think it's funny to see all the colors she becomes. Her parents continue to encourage her to eat shrimp and explain the reasons why. Finally, she tries it and discovers she does like shrimp.
The associations for picky eaters are clear. This message comes through with humor and repetitive text so younger readers can join in throughout the story.
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I love the story and use of colors. Enjoyable and fun. The art work is amazing and fun. Great twists to add interest and keep readers captivated. Very interactive and engaging if read aloud. I will read it more than once as I enjoyed the voice and style.
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Absolutely adorable fiction book about a sweet little flamingo named Lola! A few pages of real flamingo facts are added at the end of the book. This would be a great read aloud for K-2!
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Beautiful artwork. This book would be great for a story time, with an activity where children could colour their own flamingo and tell others what the flamingo ate based on their drawing.
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Fussy Flamingo is about a tiny child flamingo named Lola  who lives in South America. Much like kids we all know and love, Lola is a PICKY eater. She does NOT want shrimp for dinner.

Throughout repetitive storytelling, Lola eats many different types of food that are not shrimp, and turns different colors that are not flamingo pink. Lola is sneaky and funny and her antics will make you giggle. There is a little spanish thrown in since this story takes place in Chile. In the back there are also some fact sheets on real flamingos which give this book more of an educational purpose as well. 

I enjoyed Lola's story and I think most kids will get a kick out of Lola and her silly story. I highly recommend this story to preschool and kindergarten students.
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