It all started at the carnival. . . .
That’s where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joey’s wrist and flies far, far away. What will Joey do without his special friend?
Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief. Rich, luminous illustrations by Erwin Madrid perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader.
Honest, unflinching, and ultimately reassuring, My Yellow Balloon will resonate with anyone who has endured the darkness of grief, while offering hope for brighter days ahead.
|Publisher:||Minoan Moon Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||11.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Tiffany Papageorge has always had a profound love for stories. She earned her MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Through her extensive theater background, which spans a 25-year period and includes work with CBS and Disney, she learned firsthand how stories deeply touch and affect the human spirit. As an author and public speaker she works with parents, teachers, and mental health professionals who want to find new ways to reach, capture, and engage children, including those who are dealing with the issue of loss. She also works with children directly through story to help them grow, heal, and flourish. She and her husband, Paul, live in Los Gatos, CA, with their three children. My Yellow Balloon™ is Tiffany’s first children’s book.
Erwin Madrid was born in the Philippines and grew up in San Jose, California. He earned his BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, CA. During his last semester of college, Erwin was hired by PDI/DreamWorks Animation where he contributed production illustrations for the animated feature film, Shrek 2. He later became a visual development artist for the Shrek and Madagascar franchise and Megamind. Erwin has also done conceptual art for the video game industry for titles like Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. He now works full time as a children’s book illustrator.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a wonderful book! I decided to read this book to my class of second grade students this last week because I have several students in my class who have lost parents for various reasons and live in foster homes. What started out as a short lesson turned in to so much more! My students attached themselves to this book by relating to personal experiences. While I was able to help them connect the metaphor of losing the balloon to the idea of grief, my students impressed me with their understanding as well as their want and need to express their own feelings of loss and/or grief. One of my students even went home and wrote a letter to the author to tell her how this book was important to her. I am confident many other teachers will find this book as useful and meaningful like I do.
This story describes a little boy and his love for a yellow balloon. It is also a story of loss and how to deal with it told in words that a younger child can understand. Between the story and the wonderfully colorful picture pages, it is a book that will help to understand the emotions of grief and loss. While it is a child’s story, anyone can learn how to deal with these feelings from reading this book. There is no religious connection so it is good for any faith. If there is a child who is trying to deal with a loss of some kind, this book would be a good way to help him/her understand what is happening.
Love, Loss, and Letting Go – Helping a Child through the Process of Grief Disappointment and loss are never easy to accept or understand but to the young child it can be devastating. Tiffany Papageorge helps children work through their emotions of grief through story. “My Yellow Balloon” beautifully offers hope to the child in the midst of loss or disappointment as they share in Joey’s blossoming love and friendship, and the healing of time as the dark shadows of loss are replaced with the brightness and warmth of the sun as a reminder of the ever present gift of love, and of his yellow balloon. Erwin Madrid’s illustrations bring Papageorge story to life on the page. The bold colors, expressive facial expressions, bright shining eyes, and his flair for interpretation of the author’s intention make it possible for the young reader to identify with Joey, his parents, and young friends. Papageorge’s training at the American Conservatory Theatre and her work with Disney and CBS has provided her with an understanding of how creative stories capture and impact the reader. Madrid’s training and experience, his keen sense of visual development and careful attention to background detail add to the beauty and depth of his illustrations. Their collaboration in “My Yellow Balloon” is remarkable. “My Yellow Balloon” combines the word pictures of the author with the vivid artwork of the artist in a magical way to produce a meaningful message to the young reader.
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge is a beautiful story of grief and loss that will touch the hearts of readers. Joey loves his yellow balloon and he is very attached to that balloon, which he bought from the carnival. He chose the yellow balloon from hundreds of big bright balloons. They do everything together and the bees, neighborhood dogs and old oak trees enjoy watching them play. One day, the yellow balloon, which is tied to his wrist, slips off and before Joey knows it, the balloon floats away from him. Joey watches teary-eyed as the yellow balloon disappears into the vastness of the sky. The story speaks about loss and readers can see that Joey is angry, sad, and confused as he dreams of his lost friend all the time. The author has handled the topic of loss and grief perfectly. The illustrations are beautiful as they have captured Joey's emotions well and give movement and feelings to the story. It is a good bedtime book for parents and grand parents to read out to their kids and grand kids. The story is sensitive, yet at the same time charming, and will be good for read aloud sessions in classrooms and libraries. The colors, feelings and emotions in the story make it very appealing to children. It is a perfect book for any child who is experiencing loss and grief in his/her life.
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