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The Lost (and Found) Balloon Hardcover – June 11, 2013

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K-Gr 1-A little girl ties a note to a red balloon and lets it go, hoping that someone will find it and respond. As it sails higher and higher, things on the ground get smaller: "Each shrinking house/small like a mouse./Fields into rugs./Cows into bugs." When the balloon heads for the ground, it is found by another little girl. Upon reading the note, she discovers that the sender lives next door. The two meet and become friends. There is nothing new or fresh about this predictable tale. The lackluster poetry is often forced and the illustrations, which appear to be computer generated, have a greeting-card quality. Strictly additional.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Celeste Jenkins was born and raised in Southern California, where she enjoyed teaching elementary school. She now lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, Mark, and is a stay-at-home mom for her two little balloon-loving girls.

Maria Bogade is an illustrator whose work has been published in countries around the globe. After having studied Audiovisual Media at the University of Media in Stuttgart she worked as a freelance animation artist on award-winning projects, including The Gruffalo and Princess’ Painting, before pursuing her dream of being a children’s book illustrator. She lives with her family in a tiny town in Germany.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442466979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442466975
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B.Jackson on April 21, 2014
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My daughter (3yr) and I love to read this book. We originally got a mini version of it for free in a box of Cheerios and loved it so much that I ordered a copy.

The pictures are absolutely beautiful. Stunning. I think it should have won a Caldecott (and I say this as a mom who owns probably 20 or 30 Caldecott winner/honor books).

The rhymes are great too. They have a nice cadence but aren't annoying. It would be a great early-reader book. The story is wonderful -- it makes me smile every time, and I've read this book dozens of times now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anita Klumpers on February 7, 2014
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The Lost (and found) Balloon is a delight. Some children's books are grating to read, or preachy, or poorly written, or full of flavorless illustrations. This charming story about the travels of Molly O'Doon's balloon has lilting rhymes, an entertaining story and unique drawings. Author Celeste Jenkins has an ear for cadence and a gift for whimsey and that whimsey is enhanced by Maria Bogade's eye-candy illustrations.
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My 16 month old son absolutely loves this book that we got in a box of Cheerios, and I love reading it to him! The words have such a pleasant ring when read aloud and the illustrations are fabulous. We have read our Cheerios paperback version so many times now that the pages have begun to fall apart, which is why I am ordering a hardcover version. I look forward to reading this book many more times with my special boy! I highly recommend this book to any parent who loves to read to their child.
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By TA on January 24, 2015
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This is a wonderful book! The story is sweet and our son loves the illustrations. We originally got a small paperback in a box of Cheerios, and just loved it. We read it so frequently that we had to tape the book back together multiple times, so it's great to now have a hard cover. We've given copies as gifts as well.
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This is a wonder story with a heart warming ending. Very well written and illustrated. I will be looking forward to more books from the same author!
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