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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: friendship, disability, differences, shared experience
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 04/Sep/2018
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Florence and Leon have never met. Florence is a swimming instructor. She has a small problem with her lungs: it's as if she's breathing through a straw. Leon is an insurance salesman. He has a small problem with his eyes: it's as if he's seeing the world through a straw. One day Florence and Leon bump into each other, literally, and this mishap turns their lives upside down. Over slushy drinks with proper straws, Florence and Leon find out how their differences make them alike.

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"Beautifully honest and heartfelt, this story is perfect for quiet moments of sharing with loved ones, and could be read again and again…With the deceptively simple, uniquely styled illustrations, and the captivating prose with charming exchanges between the two characters, this well-developed, intimate story is one to be treasured and appreciated repeatedly. Highly recommended for the older picture book crowd."
Kirkus Reviews
"Light and uncluttered pencil drawings with splashes of cheery red and yellow make excellent use of white space to connect scenes of spot art."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"A lovely picture book... Regardless of who ends up reading it, Florence & Leon will bring a smile to readers' faces."
The Horn Book Online
“Black-and-white illustrations, accented with red, yellow, and blue, suit a story (translated from the French) that is at once simple and full of empathy and feeling.”


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2019 | Commended

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