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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Firefly Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1895565820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1895565829
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,059,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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