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.
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by Hatsue Nakawaki, Illustrated by Komako Sakai
Enchanted Lion Books, 2013
originally published in 2002 by Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Inc., in Japan, under the title Korya Mate Mate
This illustrated story captures the essence of a toddler’s fascination and intense curiosity with life. We watch a child when their whole world is ‘one butterfly.’ They learn ‘butterfly’ by examining one intently. We watch the child experience a lizard. We watch them experience a pigeon, the most common of birds—but new to them. The story is told in thirty words, a third of which are the single word, ‘wait’, and relies on its simple drawings to show the surprise, the fascination and the joy of being in the moment, a child’s moment. A comforting story of discovery.
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