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Children's Fiction Bears


A Picture Book

by (author) Kyo Maclear

illustrated by Jay Fleck

Farrar Straus & Giroux
Initial publish date
Jan 2018
Recommended Age
3 to 6
Recommended Grade
p to 1
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
    List Price

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A witty picture book, starring an adorable panda, that celebrates relaxing, stopping to smell the roses, and being yourself!

Meet Flo! Flo is the littlest panda. She likes to explore, relax, and enjoy everything around her. She is never in a hurry. But . . . sometimes she takestoo muchtime, and the other pandas get impatient. One day they find themselves in trouble. Can Flo’s floppy ways save the day? With Kyo Maclear’s sweet, spare text and Jay Fleck’s bold, bright illustrations,Flois sure to be a favorite for even the busiest little pandas!

About the authors

KYO MACLEAR was born in London and grew up in Toronto as the only child of a foreign correspondent. Her father reported on some significant world events, including recording the first interviews with American POWs in North Vietnam. While Stray Love is entirely a work of fiction, it is informed by her experiences living with her father. Her first novel, The Letter Opener (2007), was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Maclear is also an award-winning visual arts writer and the author of two children’s books: Spork (2010) and Virginia Wolf (2012). Visit her online at

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Editorial Reviews

“The deadpan text works beautifully with speech balloons that extend characterizations. Fleck's whimsical, bold, bright, acrylic illustrations set the tone perfectly for this lighthearted tale . . . Though clearly a message about the dangers of overscheduling children, the lesson goes down easily; caregivers may even take note.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A gentle and pleasing narrative . . . Dreamy Flo will be a sympathetic figure to many children, and her example will encourage adults and kids to ‘get floppy,’ at least on a lazy Sunday.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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