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Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm

by Jerdine Nolen, Mark Buehner (Illustrator)

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What a fun, whimsical story Jerdine Nolen has written, about old Harvey Potter who grows balloons instead of crops. I think Mark Buehner's illustrations are really the star of this book, though - the rich, saturated colors really catch the eye.
  vsoler | Jun 8, 2014 |
Balloons don’t grow in a farm! Or do they? Harvey Potter’s farm is like no other, his crop is a bunch of balloons! This story is a wonderful, magical representation of why it is okay to be different. Don’t like growing corn? That’s mighty fine, you can grow balloons. The balloons don’t represent just balloons. They represent what it means to be different.

Genre: Fantasy
Reading Level: Primary
  rdg301library | May 27, 2014 |
A charming picture book about a bit of farming magic. ( )
  Katya0133 | Feb 10, 2014 |
The message I get from this book is that it’s never a bad thing to be curious and to hold onto your dream as you would a balloon. I have liked this book for a long time, and re-reading it as an adult re-enforced that.
The climax was not conflict driven in the common sense, but more of a fantastical event that changed the life of the main character. There were no opposing forces being shown colliding or coming to an agreement, but there was more of a big educational moment where the girl learns how Harvey grew his balloons. However, there was plenty of buildup, as our main character grew to know him prior.
The language choice was fitting of the setting, which was a 1950s rural southern farmland, and included a dialect of a southern African American girl. It also uses a very casual, conversational language to tell story as one would during that time, like a “front porch story telling.” It actually felt like you were sitting and listening to a girl tell the story in that time and place. ( )
  bexter1 | Sep 17, 2013 |
Harvey Potter grows something that no one can, Balloons, no one knows his secret but the narrator of the story is determined to find out what it was. The narrator is surprised when she sees Harvey dancing in the field with his magic stick. She never finds out how Harvey really grows his balloons, but she grows balloons her own way. ( )
  kclopez | Feb 13, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688158455, Paperback)

Harvey Potter was a very strange fellow indeed. He was a farmer but not like any farmer you've ever met. He didn't grow corn, okra, or tomatoes. Harvey Potter grew balloons. No one knew exactly how he did it, but with the help of the light of a full moon, one friendly child catches a peek of just how Harvey Potter does it. And keeps some magic for herself.

"This is the best sort of fantasy imaginative, inventive, and believable. Harvey Potter is a wonder he's the owner of a genuine U.S. Government Inspected Balloon farm. And Nolen's tale about this man, narrated by the African-American girl who learns balloon-farming magic from him, is equally wondrous.... This title should sail onto every library shelf. May Nolen grow a bumper crop of books." School Library Journal.

"Downright glorious."Publishers Weekly(starred review).

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:34:06 -0400)

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A child ventures out in the middle of the night to see how Harvey Potter grows his wonderful balloons.

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