By Leslie Lindsay
What a darling book! Set in the 1930s with the most beautiful illustrations by Erwin Madrid to accompany, MY YELLOW BALLOON is a children’s book destined to become a classic to help children deal with and process grief.
No where in the book does anyone die, which I especially appreciated–knowing full well that the book can be adapted to include the loss of a lovey (blanket, toy), to a pet, and family member or friend, MY YELLOW BALLOON talks about loss in an honest, engaging, and reassuring manner.
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.
MY YELLOW BALLOON is the perfect book for just about anyone dealing with grief on any level. This week, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20th just happens to be Grief Awarenss Day for Children. Why not make this book part of your family time? While you may not be dealing directly with death, this is a fantastic opportunity to discuss–and prepare–for complicated emotions that are sure to plaque anyone in the face of loss.
- Talk with a child about a tragedy, big and small
- A discussion tool for *any* classroom, especially in the wake of tragedy
- An art lesson. Look at the use of color, shadows, faces, clothing, period details from the 1930s
- Soothe and distract kids when life gets tough
For more information: My Yellow Balloon Website