Pete's a flamingo, he's sure of that. But why is he green? Why does he have four feet instead of two? And why doesn't he have feathers? Pete soon discovers he's not just another flamingo--and he learns what it means to fit in with friends.
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ELLEN STOLL WALSH is the author-illustrator of many popular books for children, including the successful Mouse Paint and Mouse Count books. She lives in upstate New York.Review:
The sole alligator among three flamingos, Pete knows he is green, but he wants to be pink because "everyone else is." In one of this brief yet insightful tale's typically witty passages, his flamingo pals reassure him: "Don't worry.... You probably aren't ripe yet. It takes longer for some." Pete's cronies continue to comfort him when he disgruntledly observes that he has four rather than two feet ("You're lucky, Pete.... Two, and two extra") and that he doesn't have any feathers ("The best feathers take the longest to grow"). Finally he meets three fellow alligators or, as the text says, "flamingos who looked just like Pete"?and he proudly announces to his pink pals, "I'm different but the same." To which they respond, "Well for Pete's sake, Pete.... You always have been." Disappointingly, Walsh's (Jack's Tale) minimalist cut-paper collage art varies little in some sequences. Yet the narrative's inarguably sound messages, among them the superficiality of appearance and the importance of being a supportive friend, coupled with the lightness of the delivery, virtually guarantee that this read-aloud will spark worthwhile discussion. Ages 3-8. (Publishers Weekly )
PreSchool-A gentle and amusing story about an alligator who believes himself to be a flamingo, despite all evidence to the contrary, and his total and unconditional acceptance by his flamingo friends. The notion that we do not need to be alike to enjoy one anothers' company is nicely expressed and beautifully illustrated by Walsh's collages that employ papers of gloriously varied textures. Simple enough for a three or four-year-old to grasp and attractive enough for adults to respond to, this picture book is an all-around winner. Miriam Lang Budin, Mt. Kisco Public Library, NY (School Library Journal )
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Book Description Scholastic, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0439083273
Book Description Scholastic, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110439083273