Balloon Trees

Balloon Trees

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by Danna Smith, Laurie Allen Klein

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Ever wonder how a balloon is made? Follow the journey of a balloon from its beginnings as gooey sap in a tree to its completion at a rubber factory. You'll be surprised to discover what a balloon started out as and how it becomes the bright, air-filled decoration that you enjoy today.


Ever wonder how a balloon is made? Follow the journey of a balloon from its beginnings as gooey sap in a tree to its completion at a rubber factory. You'll be surprised to discover what a balloon started out as and how it becomes the bright, air-filled decoration that you enjoy today.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tina Chan
Balloons are made from rubber trees. White milky latex drips from the bark of a tree into a spout. The liquid is taken to a big machine to be processed soft and clean. It is then loaded on a tanker ship, where factory crews and clerks put the liquid in a tank with a special mix and color. Forms in the shapes of balloons move on rollers. The new balloons get cleaned with water and spinning brushes. They go in an oven to make the latex strong, then they are dunked in powder. They are filled with air before going to a washing machine. The balloons are bagged and boxed, ready to be taken to the store. At the end of the rhyming book are a description and quizzes about rubber. Large, vivid color illustrations are shown to correspond with the text. The images enhance the story and they are appropriate for the age group. Reviewer: Tina Chan
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—With a little green tropical bird on every spread, the process of balloon making is outlined. Bright, full-color illustrations show the steps of harvesting and processing sap from rubber trees, shipping it to factories, and forming it into balloons of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Two lines of rhyming text on every page pulsate with action and engage readers: "The forms are flipped then dipped in quick-/a trick to make the color stick." These words must be read aloud to enjoy the internal rhyming and wonderful use of language. Back matter has activities that amplify the learning and a discussion of rubber as a natural resource. Beautiful, fun, and informative-a complete success.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Kirkus Reviews
No, these trees don't bear balloons, but they are the starting place for the production of these popular objects. Rhyming couplets and effective illustrations describe the general process by which latex is extracted from trees, converted into a colorful mix, shaped into forms, treated and sent to stores to be sold as balloons. Each double-page spread shows a separate step, watched over by what looks like a warbler with an observant eye. (Sharp-eyed observers will even see him through the red balloon on the cover.) At one point, the bird even comes close to becoming part of the process, shaking off the powder that coats each latex form after cooking. As in Smith's Two at the Zoo (2009), the rhyming text scans well, making this a good choice for an informational read-aloud even for preschoolers. As in all this publisher's books, there are also reproducible learning activities in the backmatter and available on the Web. Here, the four pages include a map showing where rubber trees grow, comprehension games and a text explanation with vocabulary suitable for elementary school readers. A Spanish edition is also available. Books for young listeners about how things are made are relatively rare; this one will stretch to fit a variety of goals. (Informational picture book. 4-7)

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Arbordale Publishing
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8.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
AD730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Balloon Trees 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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.
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
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.