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Doppy Dopperton has an adventure that will help children learn the value of perseverance and hope. One day Doppy goes into town and buys three helium-filled balloons. He is so happy but accidentally trips, and the balloons escape. H. R. Manske shares Doppy’s story in Doppy and the Runaway Balloons. Once the balloons escape from Doppy, his life mission is to recover the balloons. Follow him on an adventure as he follows the balloon. He does not give up hope that he will retrieve the balloons. Many different animals participate in the adventure and catch and then lose the balloons. However, as often is the case, Doppy’s perseverance is rewarded by a prize much greater than just regular balloons. Read this little book to enjoy the surprise ending.
Doppy and the Runaway Balloons by H. R. Manske will soon be known as a classic. The storyline will delight young children. The artwork—also by Manske—adds beauty to the story. This easy-to-read children’s book will immediately become one of your child’s favorite nighttime stories. There is a certain melodic rhythm to the text. A rabbit, frog, and bird all take part in this adventure, so if your child loves animals—and what child doesn’t love animals—they will fall in love with Doppy and the animals. Discuss with your children the importance of never giving up on their dreams. Help them understand that a dream may disappear for a period, but often will come back bigger and more beautiful than ever. Help your child understand how things tend to work out for the best.