The Purple Balloon

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The Purple Balloon

by Chris Raschka

Random House Children's Books | May 8, 2007 | Picture Books

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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.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 32 Pages, 7.09 × 7.87 × 0 in

Published: May 8, 2007

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375841466

ISBN - 13: 9780375841460

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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The Purple Balloon

The Purple Balloon

by Chris Raschka

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 32 Pages, 7.09 × 7.87 × 0 in

Published: May 8, 2007

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375841466

ISBN - 13: 9780375841460

About the Book

When a child becomes aware of his pending death and is given the opportunity to draw his feelings, he will often draw a blue or purple balloon. In conjunction with Childrens Hospice International (CHI), 2006 Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka creates a moving and sensitive book. Full color.

From the Publisher

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 the Author

 

Chris Raschka has created over 30 books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning A Ball for Daisy, the Caldecott Medal-winning The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster, and the Caldecott Honor Book Yo! Yes? He lives in New York City.

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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