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This is the story of a young boy and his Grandad Abdullah who live in different countries, with a different lifestyle and culture. Jane Ray's other books include "The Orchard Book of Magical Tales and the 1992 Smarties Prize winner "The Story of Creation". Nigel Gray has also written "Carrot Top".
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Jane Ray's truly exquisite artwork has gained acclaim both in the UK and internationally. She is one of the most talented and distinctive illustrators in the children's book world and regularly exhibits her work at various galleries. Jane won the Smarties Prize with The Story of Creation; The Story of Christmas was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award; and A Balloon for Grandad was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award. Jane's recent books for Orchard include the delightful and original fairy tale The Apple-Pip Princess, the heartwarming The Dolls' House Fairy and the fabulously festive Twelve Days of Christmas. Jane lives in London. Nigel has written many, many books for children, including My Dog, My Cat, My Mum and Me, illustrated by Bob Graham (Walker), and I'll Take You to Mrs Cole, illustrated by Michael Foreman (Andersen) which was Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and named Best of the Year by Federation of Children's Book Groups. Nigel lives in Western Australia with his wife and son.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2 The popularity of Lamorisse's The Red Balloon (Doubleday, 1967) will not be threatened by this new story of an errant balloon. The plot is too far-fetched even for children who love fantasy. A young boy's balloon flies out the back door and, according to Dad, sails across mountains, the sea, and a desert and ends up on an island in a river. This is not just any island but happens to be the exact island where the boy's Grandad Abdulla lives. Along the way the balloon avoids sandgrouse, falcons, hawks, and vultures and softly glides right into Grandad's yard. Grandad, of course, reaches for the balloon and knows instantly that it is from his grandson Sam. Ray's vibrant watercolor illustrations are delightful, except for the sameness of expressions on the parents' faces. Details abound in each large illustration, and Ray's technique of highlighting a small detail from the larger picture is clever and eye-catching. Readers first captured by the illustrations will be disappointed upon reading the text. Barbara S. McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School, Severna Park, Md .
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