7 Reasons Why Flap Flap Floodle Is a Good Picture Book to Read to Your Child?
1. Children ages 4-8 love animals. This book is about a happy little duck. It also has a bear who’s in a hurry, a chicken who is the conductor for the town symphony orchestra, and a hungry fox.
2. It has family. Mother, her son, Flip Flap Floodle, and Grandma.
3. It shows the importance of looking for children when they do not come home on time.
When her son didn’t get home before dark, Mrs. Floodle went to look for him.
4. It shows how what one person says to a child can spur them on to learn more to improve their talents.
Mr. Bear says to Flip. “You have talent, real talent. You’re going to be a big star one day.””
5. It has Mr. Fox as an antagonist to show that in life you may encounter bad things. Sometimes it seems like they swallow you whole, even though you sing your finest song and have the best attitude.
6. It shows that sometimes in life, you need a little help.
Flip’s mother goes to look for Flip when he doesn’t get home before dark. She’d recognize his song anywhere.
7. It has repetition. When a child sings Flip’s simple song along with him throughout the book, it keeps him engaged and focused. He continues to hear Flip’s song throughout his life to remind him to “Never Give Up.” It gives him a little confidence that he can survive.
I won’t spoil the story or the ending.
I hope you’ll buy a paperback copy for a child you love from the ages of 4 to 8 years old.
It’s also available in Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/
From now until January 1, 2015 I’ll give a special personalized logo with Flip Flap Floodle by email to anyone who sends me a copy of the receipt to email@example.com and tell me the name to put on the logo.
For instance, it might say,
“Never Give Up, Ted. You can do it.”
“Never Give up, Laura. You will survive.”
“Never Give Up.You’ve Got What It Takes, Susan.
I’ll autograph them with Flip Flap Floodle’s name. I’ll send them to you by email. You can print it out and put it in the book or frame it. If you have any ideas, let me know.
I’ve told this story since I was 5 years old. No one has every stopped listening to it. Flip’s story captures a child’s heart.
I’ve heard stories like this:
“She sleeps with the book every night.”
“He goes around singing Flip Flap Floodle all day.”
Even many adults who’ve read the story say, “the song bubbles up in my mind when I am faced with trouble. I keep singing and humming it. It helps me remember that I can get through it and remember never give up.”
Don’t just take my word for it. Here is what others say:
Thirteen 5-Star Reviews/Two 3-star reviews.
Here are reviews from when Flip was first published in 2004.
Marie Jones says:
“This hilarious story is complemented by the truly bright and almost abstract illustrations…that really pop out at you…”
I often use literature to illustrate good character traits and making good decisions. I shared Flip Flap Floodle with a 1st grade class. We had been talking about asking trusted adults for help when needed. This book fit right in with our study. After reading, the students created thank you cards to give an adult who had helped them. One of the children said that the author should get one for helping them with her book. I agree.
Eastover Central School of Arts
Fayetteville, North Carolina
May 12, 2007
“Flip Flap Floodle is a music teacher’s must! This simple song and delightful tale will enhance student learning through several instructional strategies. Teachers and students will Sing it, Play it, Read it, Write it, Correlate it, Move to it, Listen to it, but most of all…ENJOY IT.”
Stebie W. Thompson
Music Education Teacher
Parent and Grandmother
March 5, 2004
Parent and Grandparent
“This little duck possesses a belief in himself that will inspire young children. Adults and children alike will find themselves singing “flipflap-floodle” in moments of doubt.
M.S. Family and Child Development
Parent of Five Sons and Eleven
February 11, 2004
Teacher of Gifted Children
“Flip Flap Floodle is not only a delightful tale. It poses invaluable life lessons developing self-esteem, nurturing talents, exploring and learning about trust.
Janis L. Silverman
Teacher of Gifted Children
Children’s Author of Fairy Tales on Trial,
Advanced Fairy Tales on Trial
February 10, 2004
“Flip Flap Floodle is a charming story of a brave little duck who
discovers the magical mix of confidence and people who love
February 10, 2004
What kind of reaction do teachers have when I read Flip Flap Floodle to their classes and explain how I wrote Flip Flap Floodle and drew the illustrations?
Natalie Sanchex and Dan Barber explain how Flip Flap Floodle helped their students in this YouTube video:
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