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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Sherman’s Happy New Year is a children’s book written by Anne Shields and illustrated by Janell Colburn. On his very first outing, Sherman the balloon is ever so excited to be attending the countdown at Times Square. After the giant ball falls, hailing in the New Year, Sherman’s string breaks and he floats high into the air and out of sight. Many seasons pass, each making Sherman more determined than ever to track down the giant ball which had fallen that night when he finds his way home.
It is always wonderful to read books that are exciting and beautifully illustrated for young children to read. Anne Shields narrates Sherman’s tale, accompanied by incredible illustrations filled with vibrancy and color, to our next generation. I loved watching the seasons pass, the snow falling on the ground, the leaves changing colors, and Sherman’s interesting interactions and reactions to what was going on around him as everything seemed to change.
What I found most thrilling was seeing Sherman’s determination to find his way home. So often, we get lost and need to find those things which we are familiar with in order to ground us, help us to be strong, while keeping us in a place which we find safe and warm. Although Sherman is a child’s red balloon, I felt the pain, sorrow, heartache and determination he felt when he was so lost. I very much enjoyed Sherman’s Happy New Year and recommend it to all young readers aged 5-8 who love to see in the New Year with their own balloon in front of the giant ball in Times Square.