The Purple Balloon by Chris Raschka

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They tell the story of a balloon whose strings are intertwined with many others, and who then finds his string tragically, inexorably disentangling. The text does not tell this true, hard story — but the pictures, fortunately, do.
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When a child becomes aware of his pending death (children tend to know long before the rest of us even want to consider it), and is given the opportunity to draw his feelings, he will often draw a blue or purple balloon, released and unencumbered, on its way upward. Health-care professionals have discovered that this is true, regardless of a child's cultural or religious background and researchers believe that this is symbolic of the child's innate knowledge that a part of them will live forever. . . .

 

In disarmingly simple and direct language, accompanied by evocative potato print illustrations, Raschka in conjunction with Children's Hospice International (CHI), creates a moving, sensitive book that is also a phenomenally useful tool to talk about death. The message of the book is clear: talking about dying is hard, dying is harder, but there are many people in your life who can help.

 

Children's Hospice International (CHI), a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, is paving the way for the establishment of children's hospice and related services worldwide.

 

About Chris Raschka

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CHRIS RASCHKA, the 2012 Caldecott Medalist, is an avid bike rider and wrote a 2010 New York Times op-ed piece, "Braking Away," about the importance of obeying the rules of the road while on a bicycle. He has written and/or illustrated over 30 books for children, including the 2012 Caldecott Medal winner A Ball for Daisy, which was also a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and described byThe Horn Book in a starred review as "noteworthy for both its artistry and its child appeal." His other books include the 2006 Caldecott Medal winner, The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster; the Caldecott Honor Book Yo? Yes!, and the ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book Good Sports.





















Author Residence: New York, NY
 
Published June 27, 2012 by Schwartz & Wade. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books.
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Reviewed by John Green on May 13 2007

They tell the story of a balloon whose strings are intertwined with many others, and who then finds his string tragically, inexorably disentangling. The text does not tell this true, hard story — but the pictures, fortunately, do.

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