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The Red Balloon [Hardcover]

Albert Lamorisse
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July 15 1967
A magical book that has become an enduring children's classic, The Red Balloon is the story of a young boy and his best friend--a bright red balloon. Chock-full of photographs of the boy, the balloon and the captivating city of Paris.

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year.

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" 'This is children's theatre at its best... Anthony Clark's adapation is both delightful and moving' Sunday Times 'Clark's adaptations have become justly regarded as unmissable seasonable entertainment... A wondrous children's musical guaranteed to crack the hardest of adult hearts... No neat moral yarn, but a humorous and haunting fable' Independent 'A skilful and enchanting stage version of a 1950s classic' The Times" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A magical book that has become an enduring children's classic, The Red Balloon is the story of a young boy and his best friend--a bright red balloon. Chock-full of photographs of the boy, the balloon and the captivating city of Paris.

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year.


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Format:Hardcover
As a very young boy, I remember asking my mother to read The Red Balloon to me a hundred times or more; something must have truly spoken to me in the story of this child with the ever-faithful balloon friend. On par with Saint-Exuperie (author of "Le Petit Prince"), the metaphors in this 'children's book' run a gamut of complex emotions -- from learning love for friends, to feeling different and expelled, a sense of loss,... but then ultimately reclaimed, finding joy in one's own self. There's sadness, but also understanding, as the balloon's 'life' goes. The lessons here are obvious ones, and I am glad they were imparted on me at an early age. I highly recommend this title to kids 3 to 8 -- particularly if they seem introverted or shy. They might not always be so, once they learn to let go! FYI, you may find copies of The Red Balloon currently (12/12/99) at your local Resoration Hardware; thanks guys! Oh, and don't forget to read to a child! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Just as Good as the Movie! March 12 2004
Format:Hardcover
I have fond memories of when I was a little girl in the 70's watching the Red Balloon movie, a teacher had shown us the movie in school on an old projector and I had also seen the movie on TV so one day when I was in the childrens section of the public library I saw this book and I just knew I had to check it out of the library and read it and I'm glad I did because it was a wonderful book and had great pictures from the movie and both movie and book show wonderful scenes around Paris as the young French boy follows a red balloon around Paris and I very highly recommend the book and the movie and I liked the book so much I borrowed it from the library several times and I'm now thinking of buying it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars mutli-generational delight June 28 2002
Format:Hardcover
When I was a little boy, this story brought me incredible delight over and over again. When I saw this film as a young man in my 20's, it brought me delight again, letting me relive my childhood all over. As an adult, I just introduced the book and the film to my 2 year old daughter, and once again this classic story has brought me delight. My daughter, who is usually only interested in Elmo and Barney, stood riveted through both the pages of the book and the scenes of the film, as Pascal and his balloon let her imagination soar. I cannot recommend this story more than to say 'no child should grow up without it'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, evocative story of friendship Dec 26 1998
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Format:Hardcover
This is a story I first fell in love with when I first saw the film as a child over forty years ago. It seems to grow even more special to me as the years pass. Both the book and the film capture the unique imagination and loneliness of childhood. The story paints a child's-eye view of Paris that few, if any, Americans have experienced. The photo illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. I gave this as a gift to my niece this year and I know that she will treasure this as I have for many years.
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