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Posted June 22, 2013
The book Balloon Trees, written by Danna Smith and Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein, answers the question: 'Where do balloons come from?'
For the inquisitive child, Author Danna Smith has hit on a curiosity quenching literary treat. This book will delight young children who are fascinated by the concept of where things come from and how they are made. Told in rhyme, the story begins in a rubber tree plantation where a tree is tapped for sap. Illustrator, Laurie Allen Klein playfully incorporates the aid of a small bird which tags along as the story progresses from forest to factory and beyond.
This book is highly recommended as a teaching aid and for school and home libraries.
Posted May 9, 2013
Balloon Trees” by Danna Smith is a wonderfully fun book to read aloud to young children. The poetic verse cadence lends itself to joyfully singing the text. Balloons are always fun and entertaining for children and so is reading about how they are made.
They slice the bark then add a spout--
white milky latex drip-drops out.
The simple cup the tappers use
collects the natural, sappy ooze.
Full color pictures accompany informative text about the making of rubber. I found this book to be just delightful and will use it this summer for my summer reading program at school. The fun text and pictures make it a good read for small children and the informative nature of the making of rubber makes this a great book for elementary children as well. (reviewed by Claudette Delorge, Librarian)
The new balloons then make some stops
where spinning brushes roll the tops.
Toward the tub they take a ride.
They soak in water side by side.
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Balloon Trees was provided by Sylvan Dell Publishing in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.