Penelope's Balloons (Hardcover)

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“This is a sweet story about holding on tight to our comfort objects as we learn to make friends and explore the world beyond our immediate circle. A great read aloud for the animal loving littles in your life.”
— Megan Strang, Sidetrack Bookshop, Royal Oak, MI


From a dynamic debut creator, here is a charming and endearing picture book about an elephant's quest for acceptance--destined to become a modern classic.
Penelope loves her ten red balloons. She spends every moment with them, taking them with her everywhere she goes--school, ballet class, and the market. But when she loses all her balloons, Penelope is devastated. With a gentle nod to perennial classics in its art style, Penelope's Balloons is a celebration of differences, embracing your identity, and, especially, friendship.

​Debut author-illustrator Brooke Bourgeois beautifully explores childhood passions, identity, and anxiety in this timeless story about the power of friends, family, and community.

Penelope's Balloons is an imaginative elephant book that promotes themes of identity, community, and emotional growth. Perfect for anyone in search of anxiety books for kids, as well as parents and educators looking for read aloud kids books ages 4-6 that spark discussion around managing worries, embracing differences, and the power of friendship.

About the Author

Brooke Bourgeois is a cartoonist and illustrator currently based in New York City and originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her cartooning work has been published in the New Yorker, Private Eye, The Harvard Lampoon, and The Drift. Brooke recently completed her MA in Children's Book Illustration, and her greatest hope is that her stories can make people laugh and connect with her characters' explorations of identity. PENELOPE'S BALLOONS is her debut book.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781454951827
ISBN-10: 1454951826
Publisher: Union Square Kids
Publication Date: April 16th, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English