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Publisher Comments:

One day, Emily gets a balloon. By the end of the afternoon, the balloon is no longer just a plaything--it is a friend. But when the balloon blows away, what will Emily do? The beautifully evocative illustrations and the timeless innocence of the story make this deceptively simple book a sure classic. Full color.

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"With its soft charcoal outlines, three-color images and matte pages, Japanese author-artist Sakai's book looks as if it could have been published in the early '60s, yet her theme is timeless. The measured pacing of the text and roomy spreads evoke a more leisurely era. Emily, a toddler with short hair and gray overalls, has trouble holding onto her yellow helium-filled balloon, until her mother (who wears a skirt and high heels) wisely ties it to a spoon ('Look! It floats, but it doesn't fly away!'). Emily and the balloon share a happy afternoon in the garden, picking flowers and making matching leafy crowns, until a gust blows the balloon up into a tree, and it stays there. 'We wanted to eat together,' the text reads, as Emily sits at the table in tears, imagining supper and then bedtime with her new friend. Sakai smoothly moves from Emily's thoughts to her words, always keeping readers in the heroine's mindset. Tucked into bed, Emily finds she can see the balloon from her window: 'There it was, nestled in the tree. It looked just like the moon.' Sakai's quiet voice represents loss as small children experience it: sometimes, she seems to say, although we can't have what we love close to us, they are still there — just like the moon. A dog-eared favorite in the making. Ages 1-5." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Komako Sakai lives in Japan, and studied art in Tokyo. She worked in textile design before beginning to illustrate children's books. She is the winner of the Japanese Picture Book Prize. This is her first book in English.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811852197
Author:
Sakai, Komako
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (CA)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Balloons
Subject:
Children s-General
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
44
Dimensions:
10.18x8.22x.39 in. .77 lbs.
Age Level:
04-12

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Product details 44 pages Chronicle Books - English 9780811852197 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With its soft charcoal outlines, three-color images and matte pages, Japanese author-artist Sakai's book looks as if it could have been published in the early '60s, yet her theme is timeless. The measured pacing of the text and roomy spreads evoke a more leisurely era. Emily, a toddler with short hair and gray overalls, has trouble holding onto her yellow helium-filled balloon, until her mother (who wears a skirt and high heels) wisely ties it to a spoon ('Look! It floats, but it doesn't fly away!'). Emily and the balloon share a happy afternoon in the garden, picking flowers and making matching leafy crowns, until a gust blows the balloon up into a tree, and it stays there. 'We wanted to eat together,' the text reads, as Emily sits at the table in tears, imagining supper and then bedtime with her new friend. Sakai smoothly moves from Emily's thoughts to her words, always keeping readers in the heroine's mindset. Tucked into bed, Emily finds she can see the balloon from her window: 'There it was, nestled in the tree. It looked just like the moon.' Sakai's quiet voice represents loss as small children experience it: sometimes, she seems to say, although we can't have what we love close to us, they are still there — just like the moon. A dog-eared favorite in the making. Ages 1-5." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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