Arthur Wants a Balloon
Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia, Erika Meza
‘A light in the dark that makes the heart soar’ – Karl Newson, award winning children’s book author and illustrator
‘A unique, important and incredibly beautiful book’ – Frances Stickley, children’s book author
‘[This book] belongs in the offices of every school counsellor and child therapist’ – Donna Cangelosi, Psy.D. Child Psychologist
Arthur’s gloomy dad rushes him through the park every morning, through grey and rainy weather. Arthur just wants a balloon from the park’s vendor, but Dad always says no. One rainy morning, the balloons magically appear at their doorstep, and Arthur figures out the perfect way to bring the sunshine out, even if only for a few moments.
This is a book about a parent’s depression that has a ray of hope and sunshine at the end. A young reader will grasp onto the concept that even in the worst situations, there is light and love.
"What a great idea...this heartfelt story is about a parent's depression and a young child's uncanny ability to empathise and offer support." Pick Me Up "...a bright balloon of a story, rising through the cloudy atmosphere of hard times. This genuine, hopeful tale reminds us all to slow down, to look for light, and to reach out in love." Rebecca Janni, children's author "Arthur Wants a Balloon is exactly what the world needs right now-a sweet, pull-at-your-heartstrings story that offers hope while addressing the emotional impact of parental depression." Norene Paulson, author of Benny's True Colors 'I've seen many picture books written for children coping with parental depression, but this is by far my favourite. Arthur Wants a Balloon belongs in the offices of every school counsellor and child therapist.' Donna Cangelosi, Psy.D. Child Psychologist 'Arthur Wants a Balloon is a unique, important and incredibly beautiful book. Erika's somehow simultaneously bold and quiet illustrations tell Elizabeth's story in a really touching way. It's the perfect combination. There is such heart here and I'm so glad this book is in the world.' Frances Stickley, children's book author 'A light in the dark that makes the heart soar'. Karl Newson, award winning children's book author and illustrator
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