I Have a Balloon

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When Owl acquires a shiny red balloon, Monkey decides he just has to have it. Yet no matter what Monkey offers to trade him for it, Owl says, “No.” Is there a way for everyone to be satisfied with what they have?

Picture books that refuse to offer a moral are always surprising and a refreshing treat. Readers might expect I Have a Balloon to be a book about learning how to compromise or share, but ultimately it is just a relatable story about wanting things that other people have, as well as about only seeing the value in what you have when someone else suddenly wants it. The story is funny, and readers will smile at the small twist ending. If adults want to talk with young readers about how the characters could have shared, that’s always an option, too.

Bold illustrations with highly expressive characters help bring the story to life. The red of Owl’s balloon stands in contrast to the earth-toned colors used in many of the spreads.

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Author Ariel Bernstein • Scott Magoon, Illustrator
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 40 pages
Publisher Paula Wiseman Books
Publish Date 2017-Sep-26
ISBN 9781481472500
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Issue April 2018
Category Children's


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