Flora and the Flamingo

Yesterday I went to my favourite bookstore in Madrid. I’ve only been there once before, but it is definitely my favourite.

Last time, I bought the pop-up book called Oceano (you can see it here).  This time I was with a friend who didn’t seem too interested in the books, so I cruised around the shop quite quickly. Then I saw it, bright pink and beautiful:

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Being in Spain, the book was in Spanish. And I must say that with the double meaning of “flamenco” and the book being about a special kind of dance, maybe the Spanish title is more intriguing than the simple English one – Flora and the Flamingo. In any case, it was a beautiful book and I feel in love almost immediately.

Unfortunately, we had to leave. And the book wasn’t cheap, so I left it there.

We walked around Madrid whose shops were all one sale (and I had my credit card with me, TRAGEDY!). After about 45mins my friend and I went our separate ways and I realised that all I wanted to do was to go back and buy that book. I wanted it, I needed it… No, it wasn’t really essential. Nor useful. But haven’t you ever had that feeling that urges you to buy a book just so that you can open it sometimes and look at it again?

Yes, I used “look”, because this book has no words. It has flawless pastel watercolours that tell a simple but oh-so-cute story of friendship, forgiveness and the joy of finding someone like you. Communication being impossible between the two friends, maybe the absence of words was the perfect choice. A book for children? Maybe. A book for adults? Absolutely.

Of course I ran back and picked it up and bought it all in one breath. On the metro, turning the pages and smiling, a little girl came up and started looking at the pages with me. She loved it, too, and her mother asked me where I had bought it so I handed her their business card (in the shape on a yellow butterfly, so apt!). I hope I sent them another customer, because that bookstore is special. Magical, even. And the book is totally worth the money.

Here are some photos and, at the end, a video of the author.

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Thank you, Molly, for sharing this precious creation of yours.

 

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

One comment

  1. Il tratto dei suoi disegni è squisito, e poi mi piace molto il fatto che anche lei, nel video, dica di non trovare le parole. Rende chiaro il messaggio 🙂

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