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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Wanda M. Luthman’s Franky the Thirsty Flamingo, accompanied by Mara Reitsma’s distinct bright and playful illustrations, is a children’s picture book with a lovely rhyme scheme throughout. It has a narration that is easily comprehensible by most age groups and includes educational moments as well. In only seventeen pages, it manages to turn what some might think to be a simple search for something to drink into something that goes much deeper. Inside is a message about doing right by the earth and the creatures that occupy it. And it is a message that at times is ignored by many in our world today, but the message needs to be repeated again and again.
Franky the Thirsty Flamingo is the kind of children’s book that you wish you had had while you were growing up. Powerful messages tend to stick better in younger minds, I feel. Franky the Thirsty Flamingo is the kind of book that will help the world become a better place if the lessons inside are adhered to. There aren’t many books that can promise and deliver on it. Reading this book got me quite emotional in places, and I’m not one to cry while reading, but this was extremely meaningful for me. You can honestly feel the anguish of Franky the flamingo, and what other creatures must go through when faced with what humans have done to their drinking and feeding areas. Franky the Thirsty Flamingo is a book that will be enjoyed by all ages.