Thursday, December 4, 2014

My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge

It all started at the carnival. That is where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joeys wrist and flies far, far away. What will Joey do without his special friend? Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief. Rich, luminous illustrations by Erwin Madrid perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader. Honest, unflinching, and ultimately reassuring, this book will resonate with anyone who has endured the darkness of grief, while offering hope for brighter days ahead.

About the Author

    Tiffany Papageorge has always had a profound love for stories. She earned her MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Through her extensive theater background, which spans a 25-year period and includes work with CBS and Disney, she learned firsthand how stories deeply touch and affect the human spirit. As an author and public speaker she works with parents, teachers, and mental health professionals who want to find new ways to reach, capture, and engage children, including those who are dealing with the issue of loss. She also works with children directly through story to help them grow, heal, and flourish. She and her husband, Paul, live in Los Gatos, California, with their three children. My Yellow Balloon™ is Tiffany’s first children’s book.


    My Review:

    I began by reading this book with my little three-year-old friend; he was excited when he saw the bright big yellow balloon on the front cover.
    We sat and he snuggled up with me, and helped turn the pages, he loved the bright colors as they drew him into the story. I changed the little boys name to my little friends, and he loved it. He too was mesmerized by all of the balloons in so many colors, and we picked out and named a lot of them.
    We talked about how he felt when the disaster happened, and loved his replies. He sure was hooked on the book! He was surprised when the page grew…wow! All the way to the end he was captivated, and what a great message to convey to this little guy.
    I received this book through New Shelves Distribution, and was not required to give a positive review.  

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