Ringo The Flamingo by Neil Griffiths and Judith Blake

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Ringo The Flamingo by Neil Griffiths and Judith Blake

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath
Reviewed by Keith Dudhnath
Summary: With its positive portrayal of disability, engaging story, and appealing illustrations, Ringo The Flamingo is a great addition to any bookshelf.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: May 2012
Publisher: Red Robin Books
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1908702029

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Ringo the flamingo isn't quite like the other flamingos: his legs don't work. His mum and dad help him lots, and as he gets older, so do his friends and the rest of the flock. Life is mostly good for Ringo, but there are times when he wishes he could fly like the others. One day, as danger approaches, Ringo gets the opportunity to be a hero.

Ringo The Flamingo is a sweet and uplifting read, with a positive portrayal of disability. Whilst clearly a book with a message, it's appropriately pitched at its young audience. The issues that Ringo faces are delivered in a matter-of-fact manner, that help to build acceptance and understanding. Whether you're reading it with a clear desire to get the message across, or simply as a story in its own right, it sows positive seeds in young minds.

The writing is clear and well-paced, with easily accessible vocabulary. There is more text than in an average picture book. Whilst in other books, this can be a problem, here it's ideal. The deeper and more developed story gives added value to those children whose attention spans are extending, yet aren't quite ready for chapter-a-night books. The quality of writing is such that this widens the target age range, rather than shrinks it.

Judith Blake's illustrations suit the heart-warming story admirably. The flamingos aren't anthropomorphic, which unusually makes for more accessible characters. Words and pictures combine strongly to get the best from the emotions and adventure. Ringo and his friends are cute, without being unnecessarily cutesy.

There's much to enjoy in Ringo The Flamingo, as well as much to recommend in its lessons to young people about disability. It's a fine addition to any bookshelf, whether at home, school or in a library. Strongly recommended.

For another excellent portrayal of disability in a picture book, check out Just Because by Rebecca Elliott. You'll also find a flamingo in The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett.

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