FLORA’S SURPRISE! by Debi Gliori


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Age Range: 4 - 6


Like Pat Hutchins’s Titch (1971) and its many successors, this unbridled charmer, which features the return of Flora (Flora’s Blanket, 2001, etc.), has this littlest member of her family making a distinctive contribution to a shared enterprise. Sent to the sidelines as Norah and Cora plant bulbs, and Sam, Tom, and Max spread seed, Flora finally collects a clay pot from her father and “plants” a brick in it—“I’m growing a house,” she explains. Everyone smiles indulgently. But guess who gets the last laugh? After a summer’s and a winter’s passages, Flora leads everyone out into the garden, and proudly shows off her handiwork, now a “house” for a nesting mother bird. Gliori pairs clean-lined, toddler-pleasing scenes of an affectionate clan of flop-eared bunnies in comfortable, colorfully patterned clothing to a large-type text; the whole episode glows with genuine, non-sticky affection, and will leave readers feeling as if they’ve just been hugged. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-439-45590-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2002


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