Ringo was born with his legs not working, his parents love him and look after him and he has many friends amongst the flock and is a popular and is usually a happy flamingo. Sometimes he does need some time to himself and sometimes he feels very sad when watching his friends march about and fly in the sky. Things he cannot do. One day a stranger flamingo arrives and makes fun of him and even though his friends in the flock hear and chase the stranger away it leaves him feeling sad and angry but he tries not to show it. One day there is a terrible fire, on instinct the flock panics and fly off leaving Ringo alone. With the flames coming closer Ringo is very scared but realises he is not alone, a chick has been left on a nest nearby. Overcoming his disability Ringo finds a way to pull himself to the chick and protects it from the fire. Once the fire has burnt out the flock returns and Ringo is hailed a hero, which makes him feel very proud. The chick’s mother never returned so Ringo looks after it which leads to his new role within the flock as Ringo becomes chief egg sitter and chick-watcher. This makes Ringo feel very special and happy.
This is a lovely warm story, well told and covers disability from many aspects, from the physical to the many different emotions felt and encountered. It also covers how even though Ringo was loved and protected by his flock, he still needed to find his own role and way in the world, which he does through the rescue and love for the chicks.