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“Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
Summary: Kindergarten graduation is just two days away and more than anything, Isabel wants a graduation balloon. However, porcupines like Isabel and her friend Walter are not allowed to have them. Don't worry, Isabel has a plan! Will her schemes pay off or will she be stuck with a consolation bookmark? This picture book demonstrates the power of positive thinking and creative problem solving.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.
Young Reader Reaction: My kids loved this book. They requested it over and over. They thought Isabel was funny, especially her repeated attempts to balloon-proof herself.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked A Balloon for Isabel for its funny narrative, bright and cheery illustrations, and its cute message.
Pros: Readers young and old will enjoy this sweet story with beautiful illustrations and a great message.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I would borrow this book from a library. It is a great story and my children loved it, but I am unsure that it would appeal to them in a year or so.
Educational Themes: It teaches children resilience and determination. If your plans don't work out the first time, keep trying, just like Isabel.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, creative problem solving
Date(s) Reviewed: June 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.