Princess Leora loves balloons. But when her father, the King, goes to visit a neighbouring kingdom, leaving the grumpy Archduke in charge, poor Princess Leora is locked away in a high tower and all the beautiful balloons in the kingdom are destroyed. Feisty Leora isn't going to let the nasty Archduke get the better of her, though. With the help of her good friend the Wizard, she discovers a magic spell that not only will help Leora get word to her father that she needs to be rescued but will once again fill the kingdom with balloons. All she has to do is plant one balloon underneath the tree in the courtyard and recite a special magic spell. But where is Leora going to be able to find a balloon? Since its publication in 1994 Phoebe Gilman's very first picture book has become a Canadian classic. The lively and imaginative story draws on classic fairy tale traditions, with rich and exquisitely detailed illustrations. Together, Gilman's story and pictures create an unforgettable book, one sure to weave a spell on young readers. (Ages 3 to 6) --Jeffrey Canton
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"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