Safari Sue Thurman has entertained and educated thousands of children at the Phoenix Zoo. Now, she turns that expertise into the first picture book in the Safari Series, Maybe We Are Flamingos. She and illustrator Kevin Collier have created a fun, enchanting book that will appeal to young children.
Flora and Fernando are two young flamingos, first looking like white snowballs, and then covered with gray feathers. When they notice that they are a different color than the other flamingos, they worry they're in the wrong flock. However, their mother explains that flamingos don't turn pink for a year, and they stay pink because of the food they eat. This information leads to the most delightful part of the book. Fernando and Flora draw pictures of what the flock would look like if they ate other food such as broccoli, cheeseburgers, and pizza.
Safari Sue has written a children's picture book that educates while entertaining at the same time. It will be easy for children to draw flamingos as other foods, or talk about what they themselves would look like if they were their favorite food. Personally, I was surprised at the lesson the flamingo mother imparted at the end of the story. Yes, the story does talk about appearances, but I failed to find how the story ended with a message that it's what's in your heart that is important. Somehow, that message seemed to have little to do with the rest of the book. Despite that flaw, which children won't notice, Maybe We Are Flamingos is a book that would be fun to share with youngsters.
Safari Sue Thurman's website is www.safarisue.com
Maybe We Are Flamingos by Safari Sue Thurman. Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc., ©2008. ISBN 9781933090986 (paperback), 28p.