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Balloons for Papa  Cover Image Book Book

Balloons for Papa / by Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia ; illustrated by Erika Meza.

Bedia, Elizabeth Gilbert, (author.). Meza, Erika, (illustrator.). Bedia, Elizabeth Gilbert. (Added Author). Meza, Erika (ILT) (Added Author).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780063081130
  • ISBN: 006308113X
  • Physical Description: 32 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
originally published in Great Britain as Arthur Wants a Balloon 2020
Summary, etc.:
A perfect book to help discuss mental health, depression, empathy, loss, and hope with young children. Arthur's gloomy father rushes him through the park every morning, through gray and rainy weather. Arthur just wants a bright balloon from the park's vendor, but Papa always says no. One morning, the balloons magically appear at their doorstep, and Arthur figures out the perfect way to bring the sunshine out--and Papa's smile back--even if only for a few moments. Brimming with affecting and poignant words, beautiful black-and-white illustrations, and bursts of color on every page, Balloons for Papa sends the message that even in the worst situations, there is light and love.
Target Audience Note:
4-8 years
Subject: Balloons > Juvenile fiction.
Fathers and sons > Juvenile fiction.
Depression in men > Juvenile fiction.
Depression, Mental > Juvenile fiction.
Children of depressed persons > Juvenile fiction.
Mental health > Juvenile fiction.

Available copies

  • 10 of 10 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Little Dixie Regional.


  • 0 current holds with 10 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Little Dixie - Main Library - Moberly E BEDIA (Text) 2004565292 New Easy Available -
Little Dixie - Paris E BEDIA (Text) 2004565306 New Easy Available -

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