World On A String by Larry Phifer

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Title:  World On A String

Author:  Larry Phifer
Illustrator: Danny Popovici
Format:  Hardcover
Publisher:  Storytime Works
Pages:  36
ISBN:  978-0988698406
Source:  Publisher via NetGalley
Genre:  Children’s 3 and Up
Release date 4 June:  Publisher §  Amazon

About the Book:

Picture book that offers a uniquely uplifting perspective on loss.

World on a String is the story of a young boy, Charlie, who finds and befriends a big red balloon. Soon, Charlie and his balloon become best friends. They play together. They go to school together. They do everything together.

Then, one night, Charlie’s balloon comes untied in a thunderstorm. At first, Charlie is very sad. He imagines that his friend is lost, tangled and all alone.

However, by remembering the happy times they shared, Charlie is able to shift his perspective, deal with his loss and, ultimately, he imagines his balloon as a very important part of the starry sky.

Book Review / Impressions:

Any parent who had been the recipient of a tantrum over a lost helium balloon will find this story particularly helpful and meaningful.  For those who haven’t – your time will come!

Beautiful illustrations and easy to follow along prose highlight the story of Charlie and his favorite thing, a big red balloon.  From talking to it, bathing and even sleeping with the balloon, it is a constant companion and a favored friend until one very blustery day when the string comes undone and the balloon floats away.

Providing lovely imagery and scope for imagination, the ability to dream of his balloon flying free and high, happy doing what it was meant to do.  While breaking down the  complex subject of loss, the author has managed to provide parents and children with alternates that will stretch imagination and bring some comfort.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review; all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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