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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061726850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061726859
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Mathilda lives in a small world with green grass and gray sheep. Then she spies an orange balloon floating in the air. She had never seen anything so magnificent. Suddenly, Mathilda has a new thought: “Orange balloon . . . That's me!” The other sheep laugh: “You're a gray sheep. And you'll always be a gray sheep.” But Mathilda disagrees. She identifies herself with the balloon and finds she can fly, and that she's tough like an orange tiger, and as warm as the sun. And if she can be an orange balloon, she can be anything. The message of empowerment may be a bit muddled for the target audience, but they'll certainly enjoy looking at the charming line-and-watercolor illustrations, as effervescent as an orange balloon. And even if little ones don't quite understand how a gray sheep (who actually sports a yellow glow) can be an orange balloon, they'll get the idea that imagination can take them right up in the air. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper

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Praise for Randall de Seve:“With plenty of buoyant charm and imaginative artwork, this contemporary Little Toot has an abundance of child appeal.” (Booklist (starred review) )

Praise for Jen Corace, Hansel and Gretel:“Corace’s distinctive illustrations feature strong composition, confident line work, and a fine sense of color.” (Booklist )

Praise for Jen Corace, LITTLE HOOT:“Corace’s illustrations similarly provide bounce and verve.” (New York Times (review by Daniel Handler) )

Praise for Jen Corace, LITTLE HOOT:“Another captivating, crowd-pleasing twist” (Kirkus Reviews )

Praise for Jen Corace, LITTLE PEA:“Corace’s warmhearted ink-and-watercolor paintings plays up the most of ample white space, which plays up the vibrant greenness of the Pea family.” (Publishers Weekly ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What a sweet story and I just love the illustrations!
Jennifer R.
I have already given this book as a gift and know I will give it many times more - it is a great new baby gift and a brilliant graduation gift!
T. Z. Turek
I loved this story with its strong message about the power of possibilities.
Brooklyn Reader

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Z. Turek on May 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Celebrity Authors TAKE NOTE: This is EXACTLY the kind of book you are trying (and repeatedly failing) to write when you take pen to hand (or fingers to keyboard). Mathilda and the Orange Balloon is a story about a limitless imagination and having the courage to believe in one's self that is told in such a deceptively simple way that even the youngest listener will delight in the story. The plot is so pure and simple and wonderfully told that it deserves to be discovered on it's own. And, as I mentioned above, the theme is a common enough one in picture books. But, don't let this dissuade you at all. As someone who has been reading picture books for decades now, out loud at work, at home to my kids and to myself, I find that I am still amazed by the author who can tell a complete story and convey a unified idea, in a matter of sentences. Maurice Sendak's classic "Where the Wild Things Are" is often noted for this quality - a quality that MATHILDA shares. On top of this superb writing by de Seve, Jen Corace delivers magnificent illustrations. Her artwork brings the words to life, but also tells a story that goes beyond the text. And, Corace's illustration style is perfectly matched to de Sève's writing style - both are simple and elegant, yet rich and satisfying.

I have already given this book as a gift and know I will give it many times more - it is a great new baby gift and a brilliant graduation gift! But, make sure you have it to read to your own kids first!
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By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on April 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mathilda is a sheep with a big dream. She wants to be an orange balloon. She is tired of her boring life on the hillside. When she tells the other sheep they think that she has gone mad! Mathildia takes the time to explain why she has the dream and they begin to see her vision! They are inspired to dream big as well! This book teaches kids that it's ok to follow your dreams, no matter how wild they may seem to others. I also feel like kids that hear the story will realize that it's ok to stand up for your self and that variety is the spice of life!
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By O. Guralnik on March 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Matilda is the kind of book you will want ot read to your kids over and over as they drift off into dream land. It has an airy, lifting, pure quality that takes you far away and fills you with hope. My 10 year old almost knows it by heart now, all smiles about Matilda the Naive sheep, and i started reading it to my 3 months old, - i guess just to keep myself smiling...
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By new york mom on February 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My kids love this book. Clean, poetic prose and sweet, appealing drawings. We all love the lesson: reminds kids that they can be anything they really want to be. Highly recommended.
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More About the Author

Randall de Seve is the New York Times bestselling author of TOY BOAT, THE DUCHESS OF WHIMSY and MATHILDA AND THE ORANGE BALLOON. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, two daughters and a very wicked dog named Henry Biscuit.