Kimiko Kajikawa, Children's Book AuthorKimiko Kajikawa, Children's Book Author
Kimiko Kajikawa, Children's Book Author

Balloon Ride

by Kimiko Kajikawa (writing as Evelyn Clarke Mott)

Walker Publishing Company, 1991
Ages 4-8
ISBN 0-802-78124-1


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SYNOPSIS

Did you ever see a big bright-colored balloon floating through the sky? Did you wish you could be up there, drifting through the clouds?

In this book you can go ballooning with Megan. You'll see what makes the balloon go up and sail high above fields and farms. You'll touch the treetops and soon land softly and safely. Then you can turn back to the beginning and go ballooning all over again!

AUTHOR'S NOTES

Ballon Ride was an important book for me because it helped me conquer one of my greatest fears — the fear of heights!  I had several ideas for a transportation photoessay (as a sequel to Steam Train Ride) when my editor suggested that I do a book about hot air balloons.  I was immediately mortified but said that I would be happy to do it.  Somehow, I overcame my fears and took a bunch of balloon rides (with shaking knees and chattering teeth) at one thousand feet.   On one occasion, I was so scared that I even forgot how to operate my camera!

REVIEWS

Balloon Ride
School Library Journal

"Clearly written in a personal, intimate style with lots of dialogue, the text and full-color photographs allow readers to participate totally in Megan's first exciting ride...younger children will applaud Megan and join in the emotional appeal of her experience. ...the spirit of ballooning is well represented."

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