Maybe We Are Flamingos

Category: Animals & Pets
Author: Safari Sue Thurman www.safarisue.com
Artist: Kevin Scott Collier www.kevinscottcollierhomepage.blogspot.com
Print ISBN: 9781933090986
eBook ISBN: 9781933090993

Flora and Fernando are the wrong color for flamingos. They wonder what they could be until they discover becoming pink can take a year, and staying pink is due to their diet. At last relieved, they draw funny pictures of how they might look if they ate broccoli or blueberries.

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"If you are looking for a charming, delightful story for your youngster, then you'll find it in "Maybe We Are Flamingos". Thurman has created a wonderful and humorous story with "Maybe We Are Flamingos". Kids will love reading how Flora and Fernando go from scared and unsure to happy and silly. Thurman's gift of imagination shines through brilliantly when Flora and Fernando draw pictures of what they might look like if their diets were a bit different.

Kudos go out to Kevin Scott Collier for bringing this charming story to life with his beautiful illustrations. I was already a fan of Collier's work prior to this book, and he doesn't disappoint the reader this time around either. My daughters, ages 6 and 4, absolutely loved "Maybe We Are Flamingos" and have asked for it to be read over and over again. They've also had great fun making up their own stories to match the illustrations--a true sign that this book has touched their hearts. "Maybe We Are Flamingos" is a must have for every young reader! "
--Cheryl C. Malandrinos

"Flora and Fernando are two baby flamingos. They are born a beautiful fluffy white. As they grow up they turn gray. They worry, we aren't pink like everyone else, are we really flamingos? Follow them on their hilarious adventure as they learn how flamingos get their color and wonder what they would look like if things were different. Maybe We Are Flamingos is easy to read and understand. Sue Thurman is a gifted storyteller. She weaves facts about flamingos into a truly enjoyable story. Kevin Collier's artistic skill makes the words come to life. You know exactly how little Flora and Fernando feel and see what great imaginations these two baby flamingos have. This is one of those stories your children or grandchildren will beg you to read over and over. This will be a treasured addition to any child's library."
-- Joy Delgado

"Maybe We Are Flamingos" is a fascinating, brightly colored children's picture book written by Sue Thurman and illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier. This book provides entertainment, humor and education- -three main ingredients in the best children's picture books. Two flamingos, Flora and Fernando, hatch from their eggs, soon to discover that "...their soft white feathers made them look like fuzzy snowballs." Noticing that the other flamingos are pink, they begin to worry that maybe they aren't flamingos. When their feathers turn gray, they worry even more. Finally, they anxiously ask their mother about it, and she explains to them that it "takes flamingos a year or more to turn pink" and that the color change results from the foods they eat. From there, the reader learns factual information about flamingo foods and is treated to some really great giggles as the baby flamingos imagine themselves looking like anything they might decide to eat, including whole pizza pies, cheeseburgers on buns, and tacos. This book is perfect for reading aloud to children."
--Marilyn Peake Author - SILVER AWARD WINNER of The Fisherman’s Son, The City of the Golden Sun, Return of the Golden Age

"I read Maybe We Are Flamingos to my in-home daycare children (ages 4-8) and they loved this story! I heard lots of giggles when Flora and Fernando speculated about what they might look like if they ate only certain foods. The illustrations are adorable! As a follow-up activity I had the children use a coloring page of a flamingo to make it look like it might if it ate only their favorite food. We had a strawberry flamingo, a watermelon flamingo, pepperoni pizza flamingo, among others. We also practiced standing on one leg to see who could hold the pose the longest. I will incorporate this book into my lesson plans for next year when we learn about letter "F". Not only is this story amusing, it's informative and has an important, but subtle message."
-- Vicki Ray "Miss Vicki"

"My daughter and I had a great time reading this book together. The flamingos are adorable enough to make you say "aaaawww!" And their made up games and drawings are a launching pad for some fun and creativity. Here's what my 8-year-old daughter, Genna says about this book: What kind of games would flamingos play? Do you know? I think they play flamingo chess, flamingo checkers, flamingo scrabble and flamingo twister! "Maybe We are Flamingos" is a very funny book because there's all different kinds of flamingos in it and they draw pictures of what they would look like if they only ate one thing. What would you eat if you only ate one thing in your life and what would you look like? I would be a candy flamingo with candy all over my body and with Tootsie roll wings! This book made me think of all these funny creatures. Flora and Fernando are very cute and fuzzy. I love Maybe We Are Flamingos!"
--Kim Chatel