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My Red Balloon
by Kazuaki Yamada


Overview - Winner of:
Cooperative Children's Book Center CHOICES Best of the Year
A charming story about the power of friendship

A little girl begins a happy bus outing with her beautiful red balloon. But when the balloon suddenly flies away, the bus driver and a passenger bear gallantly help follow the balloon.  Read more...


 
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More About My Red Balloon by Kazuaki Yamada
 
 
 
Overview
Winner of:
Cooperative Children's Book Center CHOICES Best of the Year
A charming story about the power of friendship

A little girl begins a happy bus outing with her beautiful red balloon. But when the balloon suddenly flies away, the bus driver and a passenger bear gallantly help follow the balloon. A wild chase begins and along the way a rabbit, a polar bear, a penguin, and a giraffe all join in to help as they follow the wayward balloon. And when a bird pecks the balloon with its beak, the result makes all their effort seem in vain, but the little girl's new friends once again come to the rescue with just the right words of comfort.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9789888240722
  • ISBN-10: 9888240722
  • Publisher: Minedition
  • Publish Date: May 2014
  • Page Count: 64
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-5


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Originally published in 2011, Japanese author-illustrator Yamada’s first children’s book follows the journey of a girl who boards a bus while holding a red balloon. Each time the old-fashioned yellow bus stops, an animal gets on—a bear, a rabbit, and so on—and when the balloon blows away, the animals kindly help the girl search for it. “Penguin,” they ask the most recent passenger, “did you see where the red balloon went?” “It’s flying up in the clouds,” Penguin reports. Yamada paints flat, naïve-style landscapes with gentle hills and stylized trees. Warm colors and the wide spreads lend an air of dreamy calm as the bus stops and stops again. Alert readers will notice that yellow signs show that each bus stop is reserved for the animal seen waiting there. Although the balloon meets an untimely end, the animals and the bus driver gather around the girl, drawing her attention to another red balloon in the sky—the one that sets there every night. A quiet bedtime excursion for youngest readers. Ages 2–6. (May)

 
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