Author: C. R. Mcclure
Illustrator: Steven Kernen
Description: Papa Balloon is the story of a unique, mysterious figure who magically appears in a land where the people have become divided and are in need of greater understanding and empathy for each other. Traveling through each of the four villages in this land and accompanied by the children who discover him, Papa Balloon teaches the villages a profound lesson in a simple way. Colorfully and brightly illustrated, and a page-turner of a tale, it is the perfect book for any parent who wants their children to learn about treating the traditions and viewpoints of others with respect, while putting forth the belief that we, as a group, are more united than we realize.
Target Audience: Early Reader; Ages 5-8.
I really liked this book. It teaches diversity and coexistence, a subject I'm very passionate about. It does it in a way I think is easily accessible to the target audience. The book also shows us that it's easier to embrace a concept we learn as children than having to do it when we're older.
In combination with Mcclure's nice use of language and Kernen's well-drawn pictures, the exciting story makes for a perfect book for children (and hopefully some adults, too) to learn more about diversity and coexistence.
Rating: 5 bookshelves out of 5.
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