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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Come Fly With Me! Three Magic Balloons by Juliana Margulies

EVERY WEEK ARIEL, MIRANDA, AND JANE WENT TO THE CHILDREN'S ZOO WITH THEIR DAD. ONE SATURDAY THEIR DAD DECIDED TO GIVE EACH OF THEM SOME MONEY AND LET THEM CHOOSE WHAT TO BUY.

But the three sisters didn't buy candy or ice cream cones. They bought little bags of special food for the animals. Week after week, they spent their money on treats for the animals and got to know all the different animals better.

IT WAS ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE

And someone was watching. Then one day the man with a bundle of helium balloons for sale came over as the kind girls were feeding their favorite zoo creatures.

"SORRY, MR. BALLOON MAN," SAID ARIEL, BUT WE'VE SPENT ALL OUR MONEY ON FOOD FOR THE ANIMALS!"

But the balloon man just hands each of the three sisters a balloon, promising that if they tie each one to each of their beds and go to sleep as fast as they can, they will have sweet dreams.

Sometimes a balloon is just a balloon. And sometimes it's so much more, as in Paul and Juliana Margulies' Three Magic Balloons (Random House, 2016), in which those balloons lift the sisters, in their beds, little Jane still in her crib, into a fantasy world--a dream world of magical creatures and beautiful angels that sing just for them and promise to be with them every day...

"YOU JUST NEED TO KNOW WHERE TO LOOK!"

And when the dark skies begin to glow with dawn, the girls know they need to return to their own bedrooms, and the early birds help steer them back through their windows and where they belong, to wake to share the same very sweet dreams, not to mention a lot of bright feathers on their counterpanes. Based on a story written by their father Paul Margulies, Juliana Margulies and her sisters share their story, illustrated in gracefully retro-styled illustrations, by Grant Schaffer, who takes this simple story to another dimension with his billowing, pastel spirals that add movement to this gentle bedtime story."There's an innocence here that never becomes preachy or overly sweet. Tender, winsome, and loving," says Kirkus Reviews.

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