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Ball & Balloon

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Relyn by: Sent to me by the publisher for Show Me nominee consideration.
A bouncy little fable about being happy with who you are and what you can do.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
An "it's okay to be different" book about how we all have our own strengths and weaknesses, Ball & Balloon felt unexceptional to me. While potentially useful for an elementary crew to make discussions about gravity/helium engaging, I wouldn't use this for a storytime crowd when there are books out there which use human characters to talk about being different, an approach which younger listeners would find easier to identify with.
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Shelves: 2019, not-recommended
Balloon is really an asshole. He's very mean to Ball. I did not like that at all. How was balloon able to move on his own and ball couldn't? Wind? If it's helium, then see ya, but if it's just air, how is he flying with no one helping him? Not realistic, not, in my mind, a good example of "I like myself."
Funny and sweet story about appreciating who you are and your unique skills/abilities. I LOLed several times. It might take some wrangling, but I think it could work as a two voice readaloud for storytime.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prek-books
What a cute and wonderful book! The illustrations are wonderful, the story gives you "the feels" (at least for me), and it's a sweet story about being grateful of who are you and appreciating yourself. You're awesome just the way you are!
Alyssa Gudenburr
A super cute book about a ball that really wants to float like a balloon. Teaches an important lesson that everyone has a strength and uniqueness should be celebrated.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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Good for those with various emotional needs.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
There are blessings in every circumstance, I suppose.
Allie Outhouse
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved! So sweet!
Linda Atkinson
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I laughed probably more than I should have ;-)
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A ball is envious of a balloon because of all the things the balloon can do, not realizing all the things HE can do that the balloon can't.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Being different is A-OK!
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars for this one
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute story and made me laugh. Good read-aloud for 4-7 y/o.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maybe it's just gas, but this book made me feel all warm inside! ;)
Miss Sarah
A ball and balloon spend the day playing and being jealous of one another. Can they find a way to be friends? Preschool and up
Edward Sullivan
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Simple story with the message that being different is what makes you special.
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