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Penelope’s Balloons

Penelope’s Balloons

By Brooke Bourgeois


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From a dynamic debut creator, here is a charming and endearing picture book about an elephant’s quest for acceptance―destined to become a modern classic.

Penelope loves her ten red balloons. She spends every moment with them, taking them with her everywhere she goes―school, ballet class, and the market. But when she loses all her balloons, Penelope is devastated. With a gentle nod to perennial classics in its art style, Penelope’s Balloons is a celebration of differences, embracing your identity, and, especially, friendship.

Debut author-illustrator Brooke Bourgeois beautifully explores childhood passions, identity, and anxiety in this timeless story about the power of friends, family, and community.

Penelope's Balloons is an imaginative elephant book that promotes themes of identity, community, and emotional growth. Perfect for anyone in search of anxiety books for kids, as well as parents and educators looking for read aloud kids books ages 4-6 that spark discussion around managing worries, embracing differences, and the power of friendship.

About the contributor(s)

Brooke Bourgeois is a cartoonist and illustrator currently based in New York City and originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her cartooning work has been published in the New YorkerPrivate EyeThe Harvard Lampoon, and The Drift. Brooke recently completed her MA in Children’s Book Illustration, and her greatest hope is that her stories can make people laugh and connect with her characters’ explorations of identity. Penelope's Balloons is her debut book.

Book details

ISBN: 9781454951827
Publisher: Union Square Kids
Date published:
Page count: 40
Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings, Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Elephants, and Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
Ages: 4 to 6

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