Balloon Trees

Balloon Trees

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Overview

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. This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor and rhyming text includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 40-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Balloon Trees is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607186120
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2013
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Danna Smith received excellent reviews for Pirate Nap and Two at the Zoo, which was featured in Parenting Magazine and is a Raising Readers board book special edition. The inspiration for her most recent book, Balloon Trees, came from her husband's line of work running a rubber manufacturing plant. Although his company makes industrial rubber products, Danna chose to follow the creation of a fun product that is near and dear to a child's heart: the balloon. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two grown children, and their cocker spaniel, Peanut. Visit her website: http://www.dannasmithbooks.com/

Laurie Allen Klein has been a freelance artist for nearly 25 years. Over the last several years, she has worked as the on-staff artist for a marine park, where she does everything from painting life-size sea animal murals to illustrating children's activity books. In addition to Saving Kate's Flowers, They Just Know, Laurie has illustrated The Ghost of Donley Farm, Fur and Feathers, Where Should Turtle Be?, Little Skink's Tail, Solar System Forecast, Meet the Planets, If a Dolphin Were a Fish and Balloon Trees for Arbordale. She was the winner of the Outstanding Pennsylvania Author/Illustrator Award from the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association in 2008 and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Laurie lives in Florida. See more of her artwork at lauriekleinarts.com.

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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.