We've all experienced loss on some level and the children's book 'My Yellow Balloon' could be a great tool to help children understand and deal with their difficult emotions. Author and speaker Tiffany Papageorge wrote 'My Yellow Balloon', and she says, "Loss is a universal human experience...And I believe it is our greatest teacher to lead us to who we ultimately are. My Yellow Balloon is truly about the growth and transformation that happens to us through our human experience."
I read 'My Yellow Balloon' with the girls and each had different reasons to connect with the book. Maddie had literally just lost a helium balloon to the wind and had to watch it float away...and Ava had a couple of fish pass away recently.
It all started at the carnival... That's where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joey's wrist and flies far, far away. Joey is devastated, and all of the colour drains from his world. What will Joey do without his special friend?
Over time, he heals from his loss, the colour slowly comes back into his world until he realizes that, in fact, the beautiful bright sun is a reflection of his beloved yellow balloon and it will always be with him, even if it's not physically there. As he realizes this, Joey is able to see the world more richly and experience it more deeply than ever before.
The book gently:
* Demonstrates how healing is a process, and why the process is vital
* Addresses the reoccurring role that loss will play throughout our lives
* Teaches how loss can transform us and enable us to live richer lives
* Speaks to every kind of loss for both children and adults
* Serves as a powerful tool for children, parents, teachers, counselors, etc.
'My Yellow Balloon' can be purchased at myyellowballoon.com, amazon.ca, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and more. It was illustrated by Erwin Madrid who formerly animated movies at PDI/Dreamworks.
I received a copy of 'My Yellow Balloon' for my review. All opinions and reviews expressed are my own.