Once Upon A Balloon

Once Upon A Balloon

eBook - 2013
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Theo is brokenhearted when he accidentally lets go of the string of his party balloon. As he watches it float out of sight, Theo wonders where his balloon might have gone. Luckily, his older brother Zeke knows everything about everything. Zeke explains that it is a little-known fact that all lost balloons end up in Chicago, the Windy City. Then he tells Theo about Frank, who is responsible for collecting all the balloons in the world. Theo is so touched by Frank's story that he decides to send him a message of hope the only way he knows how. A unique story filled with the magic and whimsy of childhood imagination, Once Upon a Balloon will delight young readers and reawaken the child in all of us.
Publisher: Victoria : Orca Book Publishers, 2013
ISBN: 9781459803251
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Dec 29, 2014

Aside from the bold colours and charming illustrations of urban and suburban America, here is a story of two brothers and their hope for Frank, Nocturnal City Collection Custodian in Windy City (aka Chicago).

Having instructed his younger brother Theo not to let go of a balloon their cousin gave them, Zeke - who "knew everything about everything" - then proceeds to tell Theo about where the balloon went when Theo let's go of it (despite all effort to keep it in his hands).

It's travelled through their suburban town and into the Windy City of Chicago. According to Zeke, '"all lost balloons end up in Chicago'". It has '"something to do with science, migration patterns and wind tunnels created by invisible jets,"' says Zeke. So drawn are international balloons to Chicago that balloons from Japan once caused a traffic jam in the Windy City.

But more than a story about balloons travelling into Chicago, there is a story of Frank, devoted to rescuing these balloons. He collects them for everyone. But he works so much that he misses all the parties the balloons are brought.

Besides a story about where lost balloons go, this is a story about hope and friendship as Theo and Zeke send Frank an orange balloon with a message of hope and good wishes so that he (Frank) can get out and enjoy life and

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