Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Lost (and Found) Balloon by Celeste Jenkins - ADVISABLE

Jenkins, Celeste.  The Lost (and Found) Balloon.  Illustrated by Maria Bogade.  PICTURE BOOK.  Aladdin Books (Simon & Schuster), 2012.  $16.99.  Content: G.  Molly O’Doon releases a red balloon hoping to find a friend.  The balloon travels high and far until it finds a Katie McCloat.  Katie reads the note on the red balloon and finds her own new friend (who lives not too high or too far away).  The rhyme and meter make this title a natural read aloud.  The fun twist at the end is sure to appeal to children.  Illustrator Maria Bogade cleverly combines black and white drawings with bold beautifully colored ones.  The overall effect is eye-catching and original. 
Pre-K, EL(K-3) – ADVISABLE.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.    

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