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Ball & Balloon

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  33 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. W
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby-d, picture-books, own
Gifted to my kiddos by my lovely friend Kristin. <3
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-alena
This book is simple, but cute. Ball is feeling the effects of gravity. It's jealous of balloon. Eventually, a child comes along and solves the problems. Ball realizes being itself is fun. Being a balloon has its downside. This was the favorite of the books I read to Alena today. She loves balls and balloons, so this was great for her. ...more
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.
Alicia Evans
For: readers looking for a book about appreciating oneself and finding strengths in others.

Possible red flags: feeling sad/left out.
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.
Sometimes it seems that others have it so much better than everyone else, and that can leave people feeling down and like they're not good enough. Balloon is so light and able to fly high above everyone else. Ball wishes he weren't so earth bound. But it turns out that, with the help of others, ball is able to fly and roll and do all sorts of things. I like that when Balloon starts to feel deflated, Ball doesn't leave him behind. We're all meant to be in relationship and community with others an ...more
A rather dry story of a ball and a balloon. Ball initially envies Balloon because he can defy gravity. When he tries, Ball can't even roll or bounce. But when a child picks Ball up, he begins to soar, bounce and roll. Now Balloon is jealous and feeling left out. Ball makes sure he gets picked up so he's not left alone.

Great concept, just not done well. I'm not sure if the idea is science: the balloon is free of gravity's pull, but the ball must have force acted upon it??? Or is it a "concentrate
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. ...more
Joanne Roberts
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I loved the art in this and the concept. Who couldn't love the dodgeball? It's a story about finding your place and understanding your strengths and being happy in your niche and a bit about friendship. I am not overly fond of inanimate object stories. This one surprised me with it's plot and while it wasn't earth-shaking, I think it's a decent kids' read. Except for the art, DEFINITELY way above decent. I could look at those illustrations over and over. ...more
Sep 12, 2019 added it
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." ...more
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! ...more
Eileen Winfrey
This is one of those that I'll hand over to our amazing GRC teachers for a STEM lesson. I can see lots of nice tie-ins with science activities, but it needs a little something like that to make it a compelling read. ...more
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.
Linda Atkinson
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I laughed probably more than I should have ;-)
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maybe it's just gas, but this book made me feel all warm inside! ;) ...more
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.
Ethan & Isaac
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
There are blessings in every circumstance, I suppose.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute story and made me laugh. Good read-aloud for 4-7 y/o.
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. ...more
Syntha Green
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Good for those with various emotional needs.
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
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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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
Allie Outhouse
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved! So sweet!
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ball wishes they could be like balloon and fly, but discover their own kind of magic.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Cuuuuuuuute. The innate qualities we have can be disappointing when compared with others, but they let you be you
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
cute but not amazing
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