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Balloon Trees Paperback – March 5, 2013
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K-Gr 2-With a little green tropical bird on every spread, the process of balloon making is outlined. Bright, full-color illustrations show the steps of harvesting and processing sap from rubber trees, shipping it to factories, and forming it into balloons of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Two lines of rhyming text on every page pulsate with action and engage readers: "The forms are flipped then dipped in quick-/a trick to make the color stick." These words must be read aloud to enjoy the internal rhyming and wonderful use of language. Back matter has activities that amplify the learning and a discussion of rubber as a natural resource. Beautiful, fun, and informative-a complete success.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
With a little green tropical bird on every spread, the process of balloon making is outlined...These words must be read aloud to enjoy the internal rhyming and wonderful use of language. - School Library Journal
Rhyming couplets and effective illustrations describe the general process by which latex is extracted from trees, converted into a colorful mix, shaped into forms, treated and sent to stores to be sold as balloons. - Kirkus Reviews
Reading this book is bound to give readers a newfound appreciation for the story behind those short-lived rubber products that are so much fun to blow up, tie in a knot, and then bounce across a room or outside. - Reading Today
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This balloon was made from trees--
made from rubber trees like these . . .
The tappers start their work at dawn.
They pull their hats and work gloves on.
They slice the bark then add a spout--
white milky latex drip-drops out.
The simple cut the tappers use
collects the natural, sappy ooze.
The colorful pictures lend delightful educational qualities to the text about the making of rubber. I found following the little green bird through the book fun, too. An information, fun read for small and elementary children alike, this little book will get a lot of use in a school or public library as well as the home library.
There is a "creative minds" section in the back of the book that allow the parent and child to investigate and learn more about the process of making rubber.
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Balloon Trees was provided by Sylvan Dell Publishing in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I received no compensation for this review..
This book includes four pages of learning activities for creative minds. How rubber is the most important raw materials in the world with thousands of uses.
The first rubber trees grew in the Amazon area of Brazil. Rubber is used to make balls, latex paint, rubber bands, pencil erasers, car tires, latex gloves and rubber boots and many more.
I recommend this book for classroom teaching. The illustrations by Laurie A. Klein are colorful and helps tell the story.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Sylvan Dell Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.