The Silver Balloon by Susan Bonners

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Having a pen pal is exciting

One September evening, Gregory ties an index card with his name and address on it to the string of a silver helium balloon and lets it go from his window, into the city sky. Three weeks later, an envelope arrives in the mail. A farmer named Pete has found his balloon! Gregory writes back, and the two become pen pals, exchanging mystery gifts with each letter. Finally, Pete sends a gift that Gregory can identify only by a trip to the antural history museum, and the object turns out to be something truly amazing. With illustrations by the author, The Silver Balloon is perfect for early chapter-book readers.
 

About Susan Bonners

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Susan Bonners is the acclaimed author and illustrator of more than twenty books for children, including "Hunter in the Snow: The Lynx," which was named an ALA Notable Book and an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children. She lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts, with her husband.
 
Published August 30, 1997 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 80 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This amiable tale suggests an intriguing alternative to sending a message in a bottle. When shy Gregory ties a note to a silver helium balloon and releases it from his city apartment window, he hopes

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Young Lotus was born deaf and unable to speak.

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A note tied to a helium balloon leads to an unusual long-distance friendship.

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Young readers will enjoy Gregory's triumph over his shyness, and adults will appreciate Gregory's model of an inquisitive mind.

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