In the first book of the “Floridinger” series the characters in the story meet on a log that is floating down a lazy river and they all go to a party together called “Swamp Fest.” The swamp is full of creatures who are playing music, eating food and having fun. The Floridingers become friends and camp out overnight. When they wake up in the morning they decide to start making plans for their next great adventure
Contact us to provide a fun and educational "Read Aloud Program" with an art activity for kids of all ages! We will bring the fun to you with the original artworks from our Floridinger Picture Book series complete with blacklights and 3D chroma depth glasses. We want to inspire kids to use the library as a resource, find picture book references of Florida based species and create their own unique one of a kind Floridingers! Join
the Floridinger Fan Club and upload your artwork to our Floridinger Facebook page! Provide your info and we will credit the artist and their creation. "Floridingers go to Swamp Fest" is the first book in the series of picture book adventures that highlight Florida's ecosystems and habitats with hybrid characters that have special skills and abilities. We hope you will take a to few minutes to look at our short video presentation! Please see https://www.facebook.com/floridingers/ ( and watch the 2 minute video )
Floridinger Book Reading and Art Activity
Author, Gordon Halleck is a writer of short stories, poems and campfire songs. His experience with early childhood development was the inspiration for this Floridinger Book series. “Floridingers” is the scientific term for the genus of an imaginary hybrid species that are made up of Floridian reptiles mammals, birds, fish and insects. Gordon s' interest in a new type of character for a picture book series teaches readers about the differences between species in an artistic and educational way that engages children and inspires them to develop their own Floridinger characters. In the first book children are introduced to the Floridingers, with a short explanation of their individual traits and what makes each one unique. The stories are full of adventure and highlight the importance of curiosity, acceptance, friendship and cooperation. Every book in the series focuses attention on the ecosystem, biodiversity and our planet s' natural resources.
Artist, Perdita Ross co-created the characters for the Floridinger Book Series. She enjoys the process of making pictures for the Floridinger stories because they are animated imaginary hybrid creatures and the landscapes they visit are lively and colorful places. The artwork for the picture books are made from recycled cardboard paper and UV fluorescent paint. Every book is sold with a pair of 3D chroma depth glasses to add another level of dimension to the cut paper images. All of the original fluorescent art panels glow under UV light which provides a magical quality to the interactive “Read Aloud” picture book story and art activity. The kids really Love it!