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A Balloon for Isabel (edition 2010)

by Deborah Underwood, Laura Rankin (Illustrator)

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Title:A Balloon for Isabel
Authors:Deborah Underwood
Other authors:Laura Rankin (Illustrator)
Info:Greenwillow Books (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 32 pages
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A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah K. Underwood

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This book starts with a great hook. Isabel and Walter, two little porcupines, are protesting an unfairness done to them two days before graduation. Because they are covered in quills, Isabel and Walter will not be presented with balloons. They are tired of receiving bookmarks. (The skunks, raccoons, mice, foxes, and other characters appear to be kindergarten age.)

Walter and Isabel attempt several strategies to change the teacher’s mind. The teacher is also a porcupine and has logical reasons why they should not be given balloons. Walter and Isabel refuse to give up their dream. They discuss the special characteristics of balloons and why they each want one so badly. After several failed attempts, Walter and Isabel succeed and are rewarded with the longed for red and green balloons.

Many children will identify with Isabel. It is deeply frustrating to be told you can’t have something because you’re different than everyone else. Isabel and Walter’s determination, problem-solving, and creative thinking are inspiring. The happy ending is well earned.

Laura Rankings illustrations are bright and charming. Readers will laugh at the porcupine’s expressions and their attempts to become pop – proof.

Highly recommended. ( )
  Bonnie_Ferrante | Jun 27, 2014 |
This is a book about problem solving. It is a book with colorful illustrations. Isabel and Walter want a balloon for graduation just like the rest of the class but their teacher thinks it is a dangerous idea. Walter and Isabel put their heads together to come up with a solution that will keep everyone happy.
  courtneyspako | Nov 8, 2012 |
This is a very colorful and cute story. It is about Isabel, a porcupine, who would like a balloon like the rest of the class on graduation. Her teacher who is also a porcupline who warns her of the dangers of getting a ballon. Isabel and Walter, her best friend, find a solution to their problem. ( )
  lakertraw | Feb 10, 2012 |
This a fairly long picture book about a porcupine who wants a balloon. This book illustrates very colorful pictures to get little kids attention. This is a story of how one gets a balloon one graduation day! ( )
  mmgomez1 | Jan 25, 2012 |
With only two more days left to graduation Isabel and Walter must come up with a plan to get balloons instead of bookmarks at graduation. The porcupines aren't allowed to get balloons because they will pop and either hurt or scare someone. After many ideas, Isabel finally comes up with a plan to get a balloon for graduation. They cover themselves in gumdrops so the balloons won't pop and no one will get hurt or scared. Isabel, Walter and Ms. Quill finally get a balloon. This is a great book to show children that never give up on something that you really want, reach and go for your dreams. ( )
  PaigeCostella | Sep 5, 2011 |
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As graduation day approaches, Isabel tries to convince her teacher that she and Walter, both porcupines, should receive balloons on the big day just like the other children.

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