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Balloons for Papa

A Story of Hope and Empathy

Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia, Erika Meza (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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A perfect book to help discuss mental health, depression, empathy, loss, and hope with young children.

Arthur's gloomy father rushes him through the park every morning, through gray and rainy weather. Arthur just wants a bright balloon from the park's vendor, but Papa always says no. One morning, the balloons magically appear at their doorstep, and Arthur figures out the perfect way to bring the sunshine out—and Papa's smile back—even if only for a few moments.

Brimming with affecting and poignant words, beautiful black-and-white illustrations, and bursts of color on every page, Balloons for Papa sends the message that even in the worst situations, there is light and love.

Praise For Balloons for Papa: A Story of Hope and Empathy

A skillful reminder that kids can be the bright spots amid their caregivers’ serious worries. 
Kirkus Reviews

This important story of connection through sadness is beneficial to children and adults alike.
— School Library Journal (starred review)

A moving picture book reminder of the significance of small actions and a celebration of children’s capacity for empathy.
Publishers Weekly

HarperCollins, 9780063081130, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 27, 2021