by Komako Sakai
Chronicle Books, 2006
A gentle, loving story of the girl’s first friendship with her balloon.
A toddler girl experiences the magic of her first balloon. The first one gets away, but the next is tied to her finger. At home the untied balloon climbs to the ceiling and she calls for help. The balloon is tied to a spoon so it doesn’t fly away. She opens the door and they go outside to play house—until the wind sweeps the balloon up into a tree! She is sad and cries, for she had wanted to eat dinner with her new friend.
Loose pencil illustrations combined with muted tones, emphasize the innocence, wonder and joy of the girl with her bright yellow balloon. A heartfelt story.
If you like this, check out Wait! Wait!, illustrated by Komako Sakai.