The Balloon Tree

The Balloon Tree

Book - 1984
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Balloons! They are the favourite playthings of Princess Leora. When her father, the king, goes to a neighbouring kingdom to participate in a tournament, he tells Leora to signal him with balloons if anything goes wrong. But the archduke, planning to take over the kingdom, promptly locks the princess in her room and orders all the balloons in the kingdom to be popped.

With the help of a wizard and a boy with the only balloon left in the kingdom, Leora is able to plant a balloon tree that blossoms into thousands of balloons. But will it be in time to save the kingdom?

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Scholastic Canada, 1984.
ISBN: 9780439961875
Branch Call Number: GIL
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill.


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VaughanPLSarahN Dec 10, 2016

Full of magic, Princess Leora's quest to foil the plans of her dastardly uncle is both exciting to read aloud and suitable for young children. The intricate illustrations bring this fairy tale to life beautifully.

Jan 10, 2016

I like the part where the balloon tree blossomed.

ksoles Apr 16, 2015

Like any child, Princess Leora loved playing and singing. But most of all, she loved balloons, so much so that her castle teemed with them. When business calls Leora's father away to another kingdom, the king leaves his grumpy brother, the Archduke, to care for his daughter. He tells Leora to signal trouble by releasing a bunch of balloons from the tower. Not surprisingly, Leora's uncle proves untrustworthy; he plans to usurp the kingdom and destroy all its balloons. Using a secret passage, the quick-thinking Leora visits her friend, the Wizard, who gives the princess a magic spell that will release balloons if Leora can find one to plant underneath the tree. A fruitless search through the night leaves Leora desperate until she meets a little boy who has one balloon in the back of his closet...

Prolific children's author Phoebe Gilman has constructed a fairy tale with all the classic elements: magic, evil characters, wizards and a brave heroine. Her lush, detailed illustrations burst off the page and reflect the pageantry of a castle setting. A timeless story: as enjoyable today as when first published in 1984.

Jun 13, 2010

This was my favorite book as a child.

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