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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Susan Pattison offers an interesting concept in her book for young children called Mr. Moon's Balloons. Various colored balloons escape from the hands of children at the fair. They drift up into the sky and the wind sets them free to float up to the moon. Mr. Moon is absolutely delighted with the various array of colors and he leaves the balloons free to intermingle with the rain, where the colors become part of the rainbow. While the concept is a bit of a stretch for all but the very youngest readers, it is a novel approach on what happens to "escaped" balloons.
The illustrations in Mr. Moon's Balloons are quite lovely and they will definitely assist young listeners in trying to visualize the rhymes in the story. At times, the meter feels a bit off, but it does not distract much from the central theme if voice inflection is used by the reader. I do like author Pattison's attempt to help children conceptualize a possible purpose to balloons that escape the child's grasp, and for some children, the rainbow ending will be comforting and a positive image. There is an educational component to the story when the colors are named. Readers can ask younger listeners to point to the various colored balloons. It's a fun story to read or to tell a distressed child when a cherished balloon escapes its tether. If the fated balloon has a purpose, younger children will find the loss of their balloon treasures a bit more tolerable.