Marco Flamenco (Marco Flamingo)
Marco Flamenco (Marco Flamingo)
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Annotation: Marco is a regular flamingo who wants to be a winter bird so he travels north for the cold, snowy months.
Catalog Number: #4804545
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Raven Tree Press
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: 32
Availability: Out of Print
ISBN: 0-9794462-8-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-9794462-8-3
Dewey: E
Language: Spanish
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Marco the flamingo is a southern bird who is curious about the north. He anxiously awaits the arrival of the snowbirdsmigrating ducks and geeseto ask them about their homes but they just tell him that he doesnt want to know. But Marco does want to know, so he heads north to experience the cold for himself. As he soars farther and farther, the tropical background fades into snow and Marco magically acquires earmuffs, a brightly striped scarf with matching socks, jeans, and a parka. Although some of the humor (complaining about snowbirds, for example) is aimed at adults, children will enjoy the comical illustrations of the spindly legged flamingo snowboarding, ice skating, and skiing. Although the Spanish is grammatically correct, it doesnt always match the reading level of the English. For instance, even for Spanish-speaking children, regresaron is much more difficult to pronounce than theyre back. A small picture at the end shows a melting snowman and Marco returning south. Pair this book with Janet Morgan Stoekes A Hat for Minerva Louise (Dutton, 1994) and David Shannons Duck on a Bike (Scholastic, 2002) for a rollicking storytime about oddball birds. Rebecca Hickman, Sherman Library at NSU, Fort Lauderdale, FL
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School Library Journal (7/1/09)
Word Count: 240
Reading Level: 1.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 126186SP / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD410L

Meet Marco. He is just a regular flamingo with regular flamingo friends. There is just one problem. Marco wants to be a winter bird. Every year he watches his geese friends fly south to get out of the cold. He cannot understand them because this is just the think he's craving. Watch what happens when he travels north for the winter. Also available in bilingual and English only versions.

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