Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Legend of Papa Balloon
by C. R. McClure
ill. by Steven Kernen
Schiffer Publishing (March 28, 2013)
40 page picture book
In a wonderful balloon world there were several villages who had different ways of revering and respecting The Light. Each village had their own traditions and beliefs. They were all so divided from each other that they had no idea how to properly get along. A group of children discovered an old man who didn't fit the pattern of any of the villages. This strange little man helped the villagers learn to accept and appreciate their differences while still being true to themselves.
I am not sure really young children will get the full impact of the message. This book can be used to teach acceptance of others beliefs to some children but mostly it will be associated with religious acceptance as many people associate The Light as a religious term. A good message to be found is that everyone has something to contribute to the whole which is better than trying to live separate, individual lives.
I viewed a free e-galley compliments of NetGalley.