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A BALLOON FOR ISABEL

Author: Deborah Underwood

Illustrator: Laura Rankin

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books, ©2010

Material: hard cover

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.

Cons: None.

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MATHILDA AND THE ORANGE BALLOON   THE PLOT CHICKENS   IS YOUR BUFFALO READY FOR KINDERGARTEN?

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.




                 

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