Balloon Trees

illus. by Laurie Allen Klein. 32p. Sylvan Dell. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-60718-612-0; pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-60718-624-3. LC 2012030119.
K-Gr 2—With a little green tropical bird on every spread, the process of balloon making is outlined. Bright, full-color illustrations show the steps of harvesting and processing sap from rubber trees, shipping it to factories, and forming it into balloons of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Two lines of rhyming text on every page pulsate with action and engage readers: "The forms are flipped then dipped in quick-/a trick to make the color stick." These words must be read aloud to enjoy the internal rhyming and wonderful use of language. Back matter has activities that amplify the learning and a discussion of rubber as a natural resource. Beautiful, fun, and informative-a complete success.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA

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