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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle

I will always have a special connection to Molly Idle’s work. I was a member of the committee that awarded Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo a Caldecott Honor.

Today I’m (segue alert) honored to reveal, for the very first time, the cover for the latest Flora book, Flora and the Peacocks.

First, a word from Molly Idle:

First, came Flora and the Flamingo.


Book two was Flora and the Penguin.


Flora and the Peacocks, is all about threes.

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It is the third Flora book.

It’s drawn using a limited palette of three colors.

And it features a group of three friends.

The addition of a third character and third color provided a wonderful challenge in creating, not only the cover, but the entire story. I had to find a way to make room to include everyone, and find a sense of balance too. Flora, and her fine feathered friends, face those same challenges within the book.

Thank you Molly Idle and Lara Starr for making this post happen.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.