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Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm Paperback – April 23, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688158455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688158453
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Harvey Potter has a latex thumb: he grows balloons. The girl who assists him is the only one to learn his secret, and it changes her life. "[Buehner's] expert use of light and shadow makes a day in the fields look downright glorious," said PW in a starred review. Ages 4-up.-- expert use of light and shadow makes a day in the fields look downright glorious," said PW in a starred review. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-This is the best sort of fantasy-imaginative, inventive, and believable. Harvey Potter is a wonder-he's the owner of a genuine U.S. Government Inspected Balloon farm. And Nolen's tale about this man, narrated by the African-American girl who learns balloon-farming magic from him, is equally wondrous. The author's understated, down-home text combines with Buehner's rich, rounded paintings to create a most satisfying whole. Buehner is a master character painter who gives three-dimensional life to the girl, Harvey, and all the wonderful balloons. This title should sail onto every library shelf. May Nolen grow a bumper crop of books.
Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

My son (3-1/2 years old) and I love this book.
Rebekah 209
I highly recommend this book, especially for budding artists.
Catherine S. Vodrey
The book is beautifully illustrated...the story magical!
Sue Bowler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Asay on November 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my daughter when she was 18 months old, and although the text was too advanced ,she was captivated by the colorful and creative illustrations. More than a year latter, this is still her favorite book simply because of the illustrations. The reason is that every time you read the book you find something in the pictures that you hadn't seen before. My daughter has had such fun discovering the animals(cow,hen,pig and cat)hidden in every illustration. Mr.Buehner's talent is immense. I give this book as a gift for children, as well as adults. I would also recommend Mr. Buehner's book, "Fanny's Dream" for the illustrations as well as for the wonderful story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mom moves fast on June 24, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Both of my children love this book! What kid doesn't like balloons? Balloons are kind of magical themselves and this book creates a story around that magic. One person in Aug, 99 disagrees with the use of language. It's Southern slang pure and simple. Not offensive! It's fun to use my "southern" (from GA) voice when reading this book to my children and they laugh when I do it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
I just read Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm to my little brother who is 6 years old. He got it at the library and had it sitting on the table when it caught my eye. The illustrations are excellent! I am a future art teacher, finishing up my last year of college. We have been looking at different books that could be incorporated into lessons. This book is a must for my class! I love the possibilities that this book gives for stretching a child's imagination and creativity. It's very appealing because of it's colorful images and magical story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on April 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Before there was Harry Potter, there was Harvey Potter, gentleman balloon farmer. Jerdine Nolen's story is fun and plays off a child's natural curiosity. The story is great--a little girl spies on the farmer of a balloon farm to figure out exactly how he grows those balloons (and, of course, it turns out that he uses good old-fashioned magic). But what really makes this book a stand-out are Mark Buehner's superb illustrations. Slyly employing a style and upright look that recalls both Grant Wood and Edward Hopper, Buehner turns the volume up by using super-saturated colors--perfect for a book about magic and balloons. There is almost more humor and wonder in the pictures than in the text. I highly recommend this book, especially for budding artists. The pictures are just a joy to gaze upon and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Ball on December 7, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm sorry Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm is no longer in hard cover because I wanted to buy it for a friend. The woman who wrote that this is a bad book needs a brain transplant. It's particularly good for girls and people who don't fit into a mold. There's game of finding several animals on every page too, including a dinosaur. This is in my Top 10 Children's Book of All-Time, so I take it personally that someone found fault with this book. It's hard to get better than this in a children's book. Other great books: Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (and Lewis Carroll did do laudanum, and these are classics so what moral do we take from that?), Private I-guana by Nina Laden (also her The Night I Followed the Dog and Bad Dog), Smoky Night by Eve Bunting and David Diaz, Guys from Space by Daniel Pinkwater, Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto and Susan Guevara (fantastic pictures that have hidden themes and sometimes resemble famous people, including the author), Santa Cow Island by Cooper Edens (there are many Santa Cow books, and they're all great). Now my favorite authors from childhood: Zilpha Keatly Snyder, E. Nesbit, Sheila Moon (my daughter loved Knee-deep in Thunder as well and her other book), Kin Platt (my son, daughter, and I loved Sinbad and Me which is out-of-print and costs $250 for a hard copy), Elizabeth Enright (Goneaway Lake), Louise Fitzhugh (Harriet the Spy books) Penelope Farmer (Sometimes Charlotte, etc.), Beverly Cleary; and more books I loved: City Under the Back Steps (also exorbitant now), Green Knowe books, Moomin Trolls (before anyone gave them a hippo look), The Borrowers. There's many more, but I gotta go.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. McCartney on December 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love it. My daughters love it. This is the magical world sticking a pin into the real world. The resulting pop is marvelous.
It has a progressive story line that could almost be broken down into chapters. Unlike most young children's literature, this has a protagonist and an antagonist. Think of that! The natural language makes the story feel like a personal conversation.
Many Harry Potter readers will find that it contains the same level of magic and imagination as those books, but at a level meant for small children. In fact, there are many of the same items. There are so many similarities that I tell my 7 year old, who has read the first two of the other books, that it is the story of Harry's uncle back in the 50's. This really adds to the dimension of magic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Powell on November 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a story about a farmer named Harvey Potter and a little girl. Now Harvey Potter didn't farm corn, potatoes, or wheat, he farmed balloons. A little girl became friends with Harvey Potter. One night the little girl went and found out Harvey Potters secret. Harvery Potter grew her a balloon so big it carried the little girl off and she started her own balloon farm. I liked the book very much. It had colorfull pictures and if you look hard enough you will find the same animals on each page.

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