Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery

by Jamie Lee Curtis

Hardcover, 2000



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HarperCollins (2000), Edition: First Edition, 36 pages


A child wonders about what happens to a balloon that is let go, as a parent would wonder about what might happen to a child once he leaves home.

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LibraryThing member r13
Poetry with humor, rhyme and good rhythm for reading aloud ... don't miss her other books, which include "It's hard to be five"
LibraryThing member the_hag
I think every young child whose ever accidentally released a balloon into the wild blue yonder has wondered what happens to them...and this book gives kids some whimsical ideas about the secret life of balloons that should ease their minds about what happens...I suppose this is a better way for
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kids to think about it than just popping somewhere up there and plummeting to the ground. The words are written in silly rhymes and the illustrations are lush and whimsical...just plain silly and loads of fun for young readers. Younger kids (2-4) will like having the opportunity to explore each page and older kids (5-8) will enjoy reading all the additional text loaded onto each page (balloons writing post cards, signs for various things, ect...) that should help keep their interest when the simple rhyme is, well, too simple for them to enjoy. Each page feels rather like an explosion of art and whimsy...it is that chaotic splendor that kids can't help but love!! Where to Balloons Go? doesn't provide any scientific explanation...but it's not meant to, it's just plain fun!! Kids and adults alike will have fun reading this and diving right into the incredible illustrations...if you've got a kid 4-8, this is a must read!!
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LibraryThing member acwheeler
Children may always wonder where balloons go so this would be a good book to get their imagination flowing! I really liked this book becasue it keeps children intersted while answering the questions they have about balloons mysteries.
LibraryThing member RMott
Where Do Balloons Go by Jamie Lee Curtis, and illustrated by Laura Cornell, is an uplifting mystery of where balloons really do go. Cornell does a good job of illustrating the balloons in human roles as the young narriorator, as a boy accidentally let go of his balloon string and wonders, “Where
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do they go when they float far away?” “Do they ever catch a cold and need somewhere to stay?” In this part of the book Cornell illustrates the balloon sitting in a doctors waiting room, and another approaching a hotel with its string attached to a suit case. In other cases throughout the book, balloons, write post cards home, “cha-cha with birds,” on the wings of an airplane, dine in restaurants, and write postcards home. Bursting with colors and all different shapes of balloons, Cornell does a great job with providing a diversion for young readers. This book is recommended for children ages 4-8 and in a grade level of either First or Second grade. Furthermore, it does a good job of giving children an imagination of where balloons really go when they fly away from them. This book could be a great way of showing children that, when their balloons do fly away they shouldn't be sad, they should be happy because they are flying away to have an adventure way up in the sky.
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LibraryThing member mrindt
When one little boy accidentally lets go of his balloon, his imagination takes him on its journey. Jamie Lee Curtis's gentle and humorous exploration of the joys and perils of a balloon's life is whimsically brought to life by Laura Cornell's illustrations.
LibraryThing member Rose_Hawblitzel
Genre: Fantasy

Critique: I feel that this would be considered a fantasy book because the imagination of what balloons do and where they go after they are released is addressed by the author in humorous form, as well as the personification of balloons, which are innanimate objects. The author also
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makes these elements believable, creating a good fantasy picture book.

Summary: This book, through the use of rhyming and pictures, questions many possible scenarios that could be occurring once a balloon is released into the air.

Style: The author makes good use of personification, not only speculating where balloons go, but creating living characters our of them that possess human abilities and feelings.

Media: Not listed in book, although it looks as if it is mainly pen and watercolor paints
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LibraryThing member Johniece
This book is great. It shows how children use their imagination and how wonderful their brilliant minds wonder. The book also have great pictures, and have a rhythm going on.
LibraryThing member amulve2
Personally, I did not like this book. First, the writing seemed disorganized. For example “..And one in Bolivia, England and France a big balloon.” This sentence does not make sense to me. Another aspect that I did not like was the illustrations. Some pages were filled with full page
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illustrations, while others were only parts of the page and the rest of the page was left white. To me, the difference of illustrations on each page made it distracting. The big idea of the book is to have children imagine what happens to things. In this particular book, a child is trying to imagine what happens to balloons when they are let go.
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LibraryThing member mollybeaver
Curiosity and imagination about where balloons go.
2nd grade reading level.
Fun stickers to create pictures at the end of the book.
LibraryThing member rwertl1
I enjoyed reading this book for a number of reasons. The illustrations in this story are very well done and add a lot to the story's plot. For example on one page you can see the balloon being chased by a dog or twisted into a balloon animal. There is also a page that folds out that makes the story
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interactive for young readers. The story was told from a child's perspective, and the language really reflected that well. It was clear that a child was asking all of the questions in the book. The overall message of this story was really nice and important. The message is that it's important to ask a lot of questions about things you find interesting, no matter the subject.
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LibraryThing member LibrarianRyan
Typical JLC story. It’s a big question of where do balloons go, and the ideas that a child might have about their location. It is a fun rhyming trip that is a blast for storytime.


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8.93 x 0.39 inches
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