Sally's Great Balloon Adventure

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When Sally’s family visits a hot air balloon field, the loyal black Labrador retriever is tempted by the smell of fresh chicken coming from one of the balloons. She follows the delicious scent to a balloon basket, and—whoops—the balloon takes flight! Soon she’s soaring above the ground, looking out at the tiny people below as they try to bring her back down. Beautiful panoramic scenes and Sally’s trademark witty thoughts accompany her latest adventure in the open skies, in a book that is sure to charm dog owners...
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When Sally’s family visits a hot air balloon field, the loyal black Labrador retriever is tempted by the smell of fresh chicken coming from one of the balloons. She follows the delicious scent to a balloon basket, and—whoops—the balloon takes flight! Soon she’s soaring above the ground, looking out at the tiny people below as they try to bring her back down. Beautiful panoramic scenes and Sally’s trademark witty thoughts accompany her latest adventure in the open skies, in a book that is sure to charm dog owners and fans of intrepid Sally.

F&P Level: K
F&P Genre: F
 

More than 200,000 Sally books in print!
 

Praise for the work of Stephen Huneck
 Society of Illustrators Award
New York Times bestseller
Featured in New York Times, Architectural Digest, and USA Today
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This black Lab's family takes her to a balloon festival in the late Huneck's final Sally adventure. There, she follows the scent of fried chicken right into a balloon gondola, and up and away she goes. Though “Sally feels lucky to be alone with such delicious-smelling chicken,” a media frenzy erupts on the ground. Finally, when kids call out the name of her favorite game—“Tug-of-war”—she pulls on the rope and the balloon safely lands. Huneck's stately woodcut prints, featuring self-assured Sally's black and white-flecked silhouette against bold tableaus, lends the book a steadfast charm. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Sally is a black Labrador retriever who is very curious and loves new experiences and adventures. In this seventh book about Sally, she and her family go to a hot-air balloon festival. When Sally catches the enticing scent of fried chicken, she follows her nose up the steps to the gondola of a balloon. Because she leans over too far, Sally falls into the basket. She tries to escape by pulling on a nearby rope. Instead, the balloon rises and soars off higher and higher. Sally is enjoying both the ride and the smell of the chicken, but back on the ground, everyone is trying to figure out how to rescue her. Luckily the balloon begins to drift downward at a school where a little girl knows just what to do to bring the balloon to the ground. The children happily feed Sally the fried chicken, and she is content. The marvelous, brilliantly colored woodcuts are central to the enjoyment of the story. On the last page is a detailed explanation by the artist of the process used to produce the woodcuts. Youngsters already familiar with Sally will certainly want to read this new episode, but it will also serve as a good introduction for newcomers. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Lured by the smell of fried chicken, Sally hops into the gondola of a hot-air balloon at a balloon festival, and the pull of a rope sets her aloft. One element of Huneck's picture-book artistry is to capture every step, emotion, thought, and intuition motivating the pup and the humans around her. Huneck shows the wafting succulent smells of the chicken, the natural response of Sally to tug on the rope to get out, and her fearlessness at being off the ground, given the fine company of fried chicken. He endows Sally with dignity and humility. From below everyone calls her name and viewers see the name delightfully etched over and over across the field. Readers will chuckle at the many ideas onlookers have to get the animal down and applaud the young girl who cleverly finds a way to land the balloon. In the final woodcut, Sally is lying down, resting, eyes closed, with three outstretched hands petting her, welcoming her back home. Readers of all ages will welcome her, too.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
Jim McMullan
Sally's Great Balloon Adventure,…has pictures that are as solid and rooted to the page as the wooden blocks from which the artist printed the images. The powerfully simplified and colorful woodcuts tell the story of Sally, the black Lab, following her nose to a picnic lunch sitting in the basket of a hot-air balloon…The simple story seems almost an excuse for Huneck…to give his fans more charming pictures to pore over one by one.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810983311
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Sally Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 316,816
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Huneck is an internationally acclaimed painter, sculptor, and printmaker. Along with his wife, Gwen, he is the owner of Stephen Huneck Galleries on Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, Vermont; in Woodstock, Vermont; and in Breckinridge, Colorado. His hand-carved furniture, sculpture, and woodcut prints are included in various prestigious private and museum collections, including those of the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of American Folk Art. Stephen, Gwen, and Sally live in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. To learn more about Sally, visit www.dogmt.com.

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

    excitement in a hot air balloon

    Have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon? If not, would you like to do so? Sally is a black Labrador retriever. Her family is taking her to a balloon festival as a special treat. Sally knows what party balloons are, but she has never seen a hot air balloon before. Sally smells some fried chicken. She follows her nose to a balloon and finds that someone has placed the chicken in a balloon gondola. When she climbs the stairs to investigate, she falls in. Then she grabs a rope to pull herself out, and the balloon lifts off! Suddenly all the people on the ground look like little dots. Will Sally ever get back down? And will she get to eat the chicken?
    Author Stephen Huneck, an internationally acclaimed painter, sculptor, and printmaker, first introduced Sally in the 2000 book Sally Goes to the Beach, which became a New York Times bestseller. Five more books followed: Sally Goes to the Mountains (2001), Sally Goes to the Farm (2002), Sally Goes to the Vet (2004), Sally's Snow Adventure (2006), and Sally Gets a Job (2008). Sally's Great Balloon Adventure is the seventh and final Sally book due to Huneck's tragic and untimely death in 2010. After suffering a fall in the mid-1990s, Huneck had developed acute respiratory distress syndrome and nearly died. Following this, he built The Dog Chapel near his gallery on Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, VT. His woodcut prints of Sally and her adventure are marvelously gorgeous. This is a great book that children will dearly love.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2013

    Nice story, good Nook book

    My son likes this story and we are glad we bought it.

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  • Posted March 4, 2013

    Great story and beautiful artwork!

    I will not be surprised if this book becomes a children's classic. The story is fun and imaginative which compliments the bright and alluring artwork. A must have for all dog loving or adventure loving kids!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Great adventure!

    Great book for kids!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Huh

    I wish I was a dog *sighs*

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  • Posted October 6, 2012

    Great book for children

    Preschoolers enjoy this book. It is great to read during the hot air balloon festival.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    reccomended

    My grandson enjoyed this little story very much. It is short and he lves to listen to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Granddaughter loves these books.

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