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Please Bring Balloons Hardcover – October 17, 2013

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PreS-Gr 1–The opening lines of this story will grab the attention of anyone who has ever felt the thrill of finding a hidden note. Emma is suspicious of a carousel polar bear's ability to write a note, let alone ask for a balloon, but she plays along, “just in case.” What happens next requires even more balloons and a trip into Emma's imagination as she and the polar bear are lifted into the night sky toward the North Star. When they land, Emma is grateful that she is wearing her red snow boots. She and the bear scale icy mountains, trudge through deep snow, and (on a double gatefold) encounter polar bears partying. Ward combines prints of maps and colorful paper to lend a whimsical and jaunty air to the pair's nighttime escapade. Finally, the two travelers sail home and Emma gets tucked into bed, only to wake up and find “everything as it always was.” When she returns to the carousel, she finds another note, asking for something even more surprising. While the story line labors over the dream/reality transition, readers will appreciate the ending. Emma's adventure would make an interesting prompt for imaginative writing.–Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The adventure begins with a scrap of paper peeking out from under a polar bear’s saddle on the carousel. It instructs Emma to “Please bring” and there’s a drawing of a balloon. After tying a red polka-dotted balloon to his saddle, she leaves for school, before returning to find yet another note, this one telling her to “Please bring MORE!” Once two dozen or so balloons are secured, Emma sits on the polar bear, who begins to float upward “toward the North Star.” When they finally arrive at their snowy destination, a gatefold reveals an all-out “polar bear rumpus!” After dancing till midnight, they say their good-byes and float back down to earth. It’s a rather anticlimactic ending, but the story’s atmosphere is what makes this one work. Cut-paper collage illustrations, which include maps and algebraic equations, play against a starry night sky, creating a beautiful backdrop for a flight of fancy. Little kids, balloon and carousel lovers one and all, will enjoy this magical romp from the creator of When Blue Met Egg (2012). Preschool-Grade 1. --Ann Kelley

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dial Books; Illustrated edition (October 17, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0803738781
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0803738782
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 - 5 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.31 x 0.37 x 10.41 inches
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Lindsay Ward has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. Her most recent books include I Am Not Sick, by Frank Tupta, Rosie Stronger Than Steel, This Book Is Gray, Let's Go! with HarperFestival, and the Amazon Bestselling Dexter T. Rexter series: Don’t Forget Dexter!, It’s Show and Tell, Dexter!, and Vacation for Dexter! with Two Lions. She is also the author and illustrator of Brobarians (Two Lions, 2017), The Importance of Being 3 (Dial, 2016), Rosco vs. the Baby (S&amp;S, 2016), Henry Finds His Word (Dial, 2015), a Choose to Read Ohio Book, When Blue Met Egg (Dial, 2012), and Please Bring Balloons (Dial, 2013), which was produced into a play by the New York City Children’s Theater in 2017. Her work has been reviewed in Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, and the New York Times. Lindsay is the founder of Critter Lit, a free picture book manuscript and illustration critique service for up-and-coming authors and illustrators. Lindsay lives in Peninsula, Ohio with her husband, author Frank Tupta, three sons, and dog Sally. Visit her online at lindsaymward.com or follow her on twitter @lindsaymward.

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