A Balloon for Isabel [NOOK Book]


Graduation day means balloons for everyone-except the porcupines. But Isabel wants a balloon more than anything, and she won't take no for an answer in this sweet, funny tale of perseverence
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Graduation day means balloons for everyone-except the porcupines. But Isabel wants a balloon more than anything, and she won't take no for an answer in this sweet, funny tale of perseverence
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Editorial Reviews

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“Entertainingly told and sweetly satisfying.”
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: 9780062067159
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Sales rank: 299,120
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Deborah Underwood is the author of The Quiet Book, illustrated by Renata Liwska, and Granny Gomez and Jigsaw, illustrated by Scott Magoon. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2011

    You will love Isabel and her quest for a balloon!

    LOVE this book! It is so well written and full of humor and emotions, that my 3 and 5 year old were able to understand clearly what was going on. The illustrations are so adorable and help make the story all the better. It is easy to fall in love with Isabel and all of her porcupine friends!
    -Frequent children's book reader

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

    Fantastic and Refreshing

    I picked this book up on a whim at the library and I'm going to order it very soon. I get so tired of reading rhyming and ridiculous animal tales, but was incredibly delighted to stumble upon this funny little yarn. There is adult humor that goes right over my three year old's head as this adorable porcupine plots a way to have balloons at her graduation. I'm always happy to be entertained right along with my kids when I'm reading to them so I thank the author and illustrator for that. The facial expressions on the animals are perfect and the ending is too creative. I only wish there were more children's books of this caliber.

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