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The Balloon Tree Paperback – Sep 1 2004


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Canada (Sept. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439961874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439961875
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 0.3 x 26.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leah on Aug. 22 2007
Format: Paperback
I adored this book when I was young! The illustrations are beautiful and the story is just sweet. It's so accessible for a little girl with a big imagination. If you know a little one who wants to be a princess, this book is a must-have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elfdart on Aug. 10 2008
Format: Paperback
this story is about a princess who loves balloons and uses them to rid the kingdom of evil, with the help of some friends. it's a cute story with a simple but effective message. i love phoebe gliman, she writes amazing children's books that, though they are nothing complex, are truly epic. one of those stories you'll remember when you're older. this one isn't my favourite by her, i prefer something from nothing, or jillian jiggs, but this one is great as well... exactly what i would expect from her. i recommend this author.
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By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 16 2015
Format: Paperback
Like any child, Princess Leora loved playing and singing. But most of all, she loved balloons, so much so that her castle teemed with them. When business calls Leora's father away to another kingdom, the king leaves his grumpy brother, the Archduke, to care for his daughter. He tells Leora to signal trouble by releasing a bunch of balloons from the tower. Not surprisingly, Leora's uncle proves untrustworthy; he plans to usurp the kingdom and destroy all its balloons. Using a secret passage, the quick-thinking Leora visits her friend, the Wizard, who gives the princess a magic spell that will release balloons if Leora can find one to plant underneath the tree. A fruitless search through the night leaves Leora desperate until she meets a little boy who has one balloon in the back of his closet...

Prolific children's author Phoebe Gilman has constructed a fairy tale with all the classic elements: magic, evil characters, wizards and a brave heroine. Her lush, detailed illustrations burst off the page and reflect the pageantry of a castle setting. A timeless story: as enjoyable today as when first published in 1984.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StaceyWynn on March 9 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderfully written book with the most amazing pictures. You'll love to read it over and over again. The story is unique, imaginative and powerful.
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This book is perfect for a 5 year old girl. The story is great but it is the illustrations that really make this book something very special indeed. So much detail is given to each page and my daughter loves to look for new details in the pictures each time we read the book. Initially, I had borrowed this book from the library and had renewed it several times. In the end, I decided it would be a great book to own. It will be treasured forever.
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By Lisa on June 25 2014
Format: Paperback
A classic story. Loved this book as a child and even as a adult in her 30's! I read this story to my own child. We love looking at the pictures and trying to count all the balloons! Beautiful colours.
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