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Balloon Trees

by Danna Smith
Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein
Arbordale Publishing
Ages 4-8
ISBN 978-1-60718-6120 English
ISBN 978-1-60718-7073 Spanish
ASIN: B00CJ0UPZY (E-book)


"Beautiful, fun, and informative - A complete success!" - Library School Journal 

"Books for young listeners about how things are made are relatively rare; this one will stretch to fit a variety of goals." -Kirkus

"This book is highly recommended as a teaching aid and for the home and school libraries. -CLC Reviews

"A small bird acts as a silent guide, inviting the reader to follow its path through the process of balloon production. This is a great book for preschool through 2nd grade story time."

-Science Books and Films

"Reading this book is bound to give readers a newfound appreciation for the story behind those short-lived rubber products that are so much fun to blow up, tie in a knot, and then bounce across a room or outside." -Reading Today Online

"This title is a visually appealing process book that is simple and engaging enough for even the youngest readers. It is a perfect example for teachers to use in teaching process writing or sequencing." - Library Media Connection

"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." -Just Another New Blog

"Danna Smith’s simplified prose may be a bit deceptive, for the ideas within Balloon Trees are anything but “simple”; her research and collaboration with rubber manufacturers is combined in this book to make a non-fiction description of the route balloons take from beginning to end." -3rd Grade Reading

 "It's a science lesson in a fun read-aloud session." -Eclectic Homeschool Online

Awards and Distinctions

Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Florida Authors and Publishers Association. President's Book Award Gold Medal Winner

Finalist in Florida Reading Association Book Award

Alaska Association of School Librarians Battle of the Books

2014 New Books for Missouri Students Selection


Balloons do come from trees-rubber trees! This rhyming story follows the wide variety of steps involved in making the air-filled decorations we all know and love.

Includes 4 pages of learning activities in the back of the book plus online quizzes (see teachers guides).  Aligned to standards by CORE, NGSS, State and Grade.  Also available in Spanish: see Arboles De Globes.

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Art © Laurie Allen Klein