Children's Book Review: Balloon Trees

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Balloons do come from trees — rubber trees. Told in rhyme, the story follows the wide variety of steps involved in making the air-filled decorations we all know and love. Starting with the tapping of the rubber tree, the ship that carries the liquid rubber to the factory, and the manufacturing process itself; readers will learn just how that balloon arrived at his or her house. This delightful, fun-to-read-aloud story is sure to give readers a new appreciation for balloons.

My Thoughts
Balloon Trees is a charming children's rhyming story about how balloons are made. It starts with the rubber trees and covers the whole process - through the factory, onto the truck, and ending at the store. The text and illustrations are simple yet educational. The book is aimed at kids ages 4-8 but even adults can learn a thing or two about rubber trees and latex balloons. My favorite part is the section at the end of the book, For Creative Minds, where curious readers find out more about rubber: where it comes from, how it is used, and what everyday items are made from it.

Balloon Trees is new this spring from Sylvan Dell Publishing. It is available in English and Spanish as  hardcover, paperback, and eBook. Additional resources to reinforce its educational value are available at the publisher's website.

I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. Information and cover art courtesy of the publisher or PR firm. No compensation was obtained for this post.

10 comments:

  1. Carol L. said...

    Thanks for the review. What an awesome way for the kids as well as the adults to learn about rubber trees and balloons. It's always a plus when kids can learn something while having fun.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  2. Robin O said...

    I like that this is educational but told in rhymes, so it's entertaining too. It would be fun to have some balloons on hand when we read this together. Thanks for the review.

  3. cheryl c said...

    This sounds fun and educational. Kids love stories with rhyming words, too. This book would be good for home or classroom.

  4. holdenj said...

    I think this sounds like a great book, introducing in a fun way, a non-fiction subject.

  5. JRFrugalMom and Family said...

    My kids love stories like this that teach them how things are made. It sounds like a great book...

  6. Kristie said...

    It's certainly a unique book and I love books that teach kids facts. Thanks for the recommendation. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  7. Janet W. said...

    What a neat book! My grandson is obsessed with balloons, so once he gets a few years old I think this would really interest him!

  8. Karyn Hughes said...

    Interesting. I love that it teaches kids about something they are already interested in!

  9. gahome2mom said...

    It is always interesting to learn how things are made and kids can really enjoy learning with such beautiful illustrations. Thanks. gahome2mom

  10. Sandy VanHoey said...

    My grandson has learned and enjoyed a lot of rhyming this year in kindergarten. I know he's love this

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