Summers here and that means the kids, need something to keep them busy . They love to be read too and my younger nephew and niece do the most. Everybody goes through some kind of loss, that us part of life. For some there are things that make it easier,and others it can be harder.
When I was younger I lost my yellow balloon, my sister she passed away suddenly. And for me it made me feel so afraid, I shared the bedroom with her and after she passed I did not want to sleep alone. For others they can have a lot of sorrow, anxiety,fear and loneliness.
When both of my parents passed away my daughter was young, and how do you tell your child that their grandfather and grandmother are in heaven. For me my daughter kind of understood. She knew that they were on a cloud with Ralph and Uncle Russell. But to explain to them that it is a part of life, and we all go through it.
Six-year old Joey is at the fair with his parents when he plucks a yellow balloon from a fair worker, he and balloon become close–friends, even. They do everything together until one day, Joey looks up and sees his precious yellow balloon floating up, up, up into the forever blue sky. The illustrator does a beautiful job of showing–with color, or the lack thereof–Joey’s feelings and emotions.
It is a story not just for children, but for adults too, and this book will give hope to anyone who reads it. As the loss occurs the pages turn to black and white. Slowly the color returns as the little boy goes through the steps of grieving. The full color returns yet it has depth…nothing quite the same after a loss. Always more layers of our memories and love that sustain us through life.
Joey and his yellow balloon did everything together. They played trains, cowboys, dominoes and even raced in a wagon. One day the balloon slipped from his wrist and floated away. Joey was devastated and his world lost all of its color. He couldn’t think about anything else but his big yellow balloon.
Illustrated by Erwin Madrid, a former Dreamworks Animation artist who worked on the Shrek franchise, the entire book cover to cover is gorgeous.