|Mingo the flamingo|
Author: Oswald, Pete
Mingo is injured and loses his memory when he faces a bad storm during his first migration, but he makes friends who will do whatever it takes to help him heal and get back where he belongs.
|Illustrator:||Thompson, Justin K.|
School Library Journal (05/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2017 Mingo is a young flamingo ready to migrate south with the rest of his flock, when a storm knocks him off course and into the middle of a farmyard blanketed in snow. The gouache-and-digital illustrations, contrasting the vivid pink of the flamingo with the grays, whites, and browns of the farm, play up just how out of place Mingo is here. None of the farm animals knows what to make of the strange pink bird, or what his use may be (golf club? lawn ornament?), but they welcome him all the same. Unable to remember how he got there, Mingo tries his hardest to fit in on the farm, and his efforts prove both funny and poignant. When Mingo catches sight of a migrating flock of geese, he finally remembers what he is and how to find his family—but it takes the help of his barnyard friends and some creative thinking to send him on his way. Attractive illustrations, humor, and a moving story make this an engrossing read. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—It's a big day for young Mingo the flamingo. His bags are packed, and he is ready to head south with his family for the first time. However, a harsh winter storm leaves Mingo on a snowy farm surrounded by strangers instead. With an injured wing and a bump on the head, Mingo meets some new barnyard pals, who help him recover the strength to fly south and locate his family. A bright pink Mingo against a muted snow scene makes a wonderful cover, and the illustrations continue to delight throughout. VERDICT A fun story, full of great lessons on perseverance, migration, and the importance of accepting differences. Mingo should find a home in most picture book collections.—Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.