A Balloon for Isabel

A Balloon for Isabel

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by Deborah K. Underwood, Laura Rankin
     
 

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Balloons are bright and floaty and shiny and perfect.

More than anything else in the whole wide world, Isabel wants a balloon. Everyone will get one on Graduation Day—everyone except the porcupines, because Porcupines + Balloons = Trouble

But Isabel isn't going to settle for another boring bookmark. She has a plan. . . .

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Balloons are bright and floaty and shiny and perfect.

More than anything else in the whole wide world, Isabel wants a balloon. Everyone will get one on Graduation Day—everyone except the porcupines, because Porcupines + Balloons = Trouble

But Isabel isn't going to settle for another boring bookmark. She has a plan. . . .

Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“Entertainingly told and sweetly satisfying.”
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Poor Isabel. As graduation day approaches, when all of the other animals will get beautiful balloons, she and her friend Walter, appealing, well-dressed porcupines, are presumed to be too dangerous to have balloons. Isabel, who wants a balloon desperately, is not happy just to get another bookmark. So she tries to figure out a way to protect balloons from their quills and persuade their teacher to change her mind. She finally finds a clever solution, resulting in a happy graduation day. On the title page, our heroine is at her desk dreaming of a red balloon. On the next page is her drawing of her holding that balloon, with a big smile. Using gouache, Rankin supplies details of classroom life along with imagined scenes of happy times with balloons. Anxiety builds until Isabel's idea is a success. The anthropomorphic characters all join their smiling teacher, also a porcupine happy to have a balloon, in the end. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—On graduation day, every animal will receive a balloon—except for Isabel and Walter, because their quills don't mix well with inflatables. Their teacher promises them each a special graduation bookmark, but the young porcupines long for balloons. Iris sets out to design the perfect apparatus to shield their quills, and after several tries, she finds the perfect solution. Illustrations full of color and personality add to the story's depth and appeal. Authentic dialogue, a touch of humor, and Isabel's ingenious invention make this tale of desire and determination a keeper.—Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
A sweetly graphic demonstration that just a little ingenuity can resolve even the most daunting dilemmas. Ms. Quill's class is counting down the days until graduation, and Isabel and Walter, two porcupine friends, are feeling left out, knowing they will not receive balloons along with the rest of the animals in their class. Ms. Quill, a porcupine herself, warns the duo that balloons are not safe for them. Longing desperately for a balloon of her own, Isabel decides she will not settle for just another "lovely" bookmark. After some trial and error-and some of Walter's endless supply of candy (his father makes it), which provides both solution and subplot-Isabel's persistence and resourcefulness save the day. Now "pop proof," Isabel, Walter and, most of all, Ms. Quill are able to (safely) enjoy their own balloons on graduation day. The attention to detail in Rankin's illustrations adds humor and charm to the story (check out Isabel's extensive collection of brightly colored Mary Janes), and the vivid colors make the pictures pop-sure to delight even the prickliest of readers. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061779879
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
319,534
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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