Story time

I read the story Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? which involves making various zoo animal noises.

Polar Bear

Does anyone know what noise a flamingo makes?

I had no idea, and we discussed it during story time, and decided that flamingos, like bunnies, don’t make a lot of noise. So when I asked “What noise does a flamingo make?” we’d all just sit quietly and look side to side, and then crack up. It was awesome.

But still, I want to know, Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, just what noise we’re supposed to make. Also, walruses too.

  1. HA! That is a very good point. I used to love reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See? The daycares I went to all drilled it into those kids heads so they didn’t even need the book and they just went straight for it: Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see? I see a red bird looking at me. Red bird red bird what do you see? You get the picture.

  2. According to the Sea World site:
    Flamingo vocalizations range from nasal honking to grunting or growling. Flamingos are generally very noisy birds. Variations exist in the voices of different species of flamingos.
    Vocalizations play an important role in keeping flocks together as well as in ritualized displays. Specific calls are used in conjunction with certain behaviors.Vocalizations are used in parent-chick recognition.

    Though I have never, ever heard them make a sound. Very interesting…

  3. Hm. That doesn’t seem to describe a noise I can make without embarassing myself. (Speaking of, I had to practice an elephant noise – I haven’t made that noise in years).

    If frogs say ‘ribbit’, perhaps flamingos should say ‘shrimp’.

  4. I agree, shrimp is much more friendly. You could embark on some nasal honking and have snot come out, very embarassing.

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