Ball & Balloon
Ball & Balloon
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Annotation: Ball wishes he could fly like Balloon--but when a boy arrives and sends Ball rolling, bouncing, and even soaring into the air, Balloon feels deflated.
Catalog Number: #194866
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Yoon, Helen,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-534-42562-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-534-42562-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018003251
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
With swoops and swirls, a helium-filled blue Balloon shows off for an envious earthbound red Ball. The despondent Ball mopes--until a young "someone" begins to roll, bounce, and throw Ball across the playground. Disregarded Balloon feels "a bit deflated," so Ball generously leaves the playground fun to commiserate. Wordplay abounds in this otherwise minimal story (both text and art) of envy and competition, empathy and acceptance.
Kirkus Reviews
Sitting still on the ground, alone, Ball wishes he could soar like Balloon. Suddenly he's thrown, bounced, rolled, passed, and kicked in a fantastic playground pickup game, and he sees what's fantastic about being himself.Children encounter other crucial lifelong lessons in this engaging picture book about two simple objects that give young people unending pleasure. Apostrophic lines give Ball and Balloon expressions children can easily interpret: embarrassment, smugness, surprise, pride, exhilaration, discouragement, love, satisfaction, and reciprocity. When Ball tries to roll and bounce on his own but can't, Balloon taunts from above, calling, "The sky's the limit.…Ta-ta, Ball!" Both Ball's impotent dejection and Balloon's glib gloating (so vividly depicted in distilled language and nuanced facial expressions against a white backdrop) arrive as arrows to readers' hearts, which will recognize both feelings as their own. Digitally compiled mixed-media illustrations offer varied perspectives, from way above the basketball hoop to down at the asphalt, as well as lots of movement, with Ball whizzing and Balloon floating. The cleanliness and clarity of these illustrations facilitate a focus on feelings. Children glean fundamental lessons in empathy, navigating exhilaration and sadness, and the importance of helping others while riding out Ball's and Balloon's emotional (and literal) highs and lows.Entertaining and instructive for the playground set. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD400L

A ball must learn to deal with his envy when a floating balloon has him feeling down in this simple and relatable story that reminds little ones that being different is what makes you special.

Balloon can soar, he can fly, he can dip, duck, and hover—all on his own.

Balloon is full of gas. He knows it, too. It makes Ball feel grounded by gravity.

Balloon is super special. What if Ball is not so special?

Turns out Ball’s got some moves of his own.

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