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?
PHOEBE GILMAN was one of Canada's best-loved children's author/illustrators. She wrote and illustrated such classics as Something for Nothing, The Gypsy Princess and the Jillian Jiggs series. Phoebe lived in New York, Europe and Israel and worked as an artist and teacher before settling down in Toronto, Ontario. She passed away in 2002.
"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