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The Balloon Tree

20th Anniversary Edition

by (author) Phoebe Gilman

Publisher
Scholastic Inc
Initial publish date
Sep 2004
Category
General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780439961875
    Publish Date
    Sep 2004
    List Price
    $8.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3

Description

Balloons! They are the favourite playthings of Princess Leora. When her father, the king, goes to a neighbouring kingdom to participate in a tournament, he tells Leora to signal him with balloons if anything goes wrong. But the archduke, planning to take over the kingdom, promptly locks the princess in her room and orders all the balloons in the kingdom to be popped.

With the help of a wizard and a boy with the only balloon left in the kingdom, Leora is able to plant a balloon tree that blossoms into thousands of balloons. But will it be in time to save the kingdom?

About the author

Pheobe Gilman was the beloved creator of the Jillian Jiggs series as well as the award-winning Something from Nothing, The Gypsy Princess, Pirate Pearl, Little Blue Ben, The Balloon Tree, and Grandma and the Pirates. She passed away in 2002.

Phoebe Gilman's profile page

Awards

  • Commended, Today's Parent 100 best Canadian kids' books of all time
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice

Editorial Reviews

"Phoebe Gilman has written and illustrated a very attractive book with an appealing story about a very capable and spirited girl. The illustrations are full of life and colour...Highly recommended!" — CM Magazine

"Phoebe Gilman not only knows how to draw a good story, she knows how to write it well and draw it superbly." — Canadian Children's Literature

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