Perfect Picture Book Friday: I HAVE A BALLOON

Happy Friday dear friends! Lots of people love Friday because it signals the end of the week and for many, a couple of days off from work. But for me, it signals a chance to read and review another awesome picture book.  And tomorrow we’ll be treated to an insightful Q&A with  debut picture book author Ariel Bernstein.

But first, we have a copy of HELLO, MY NAME IS TIGER to give away.

And the winner is….

Elizabeth Curry

Congratulations, Elizabeth…I will contact you.

book cover


Written by Ariel Bernstein

Illustrated by Scott Magoon

Ages 4-8

Themes: Being happy with what you have

Opening Lines: “I have a balloon.”


From Amazon:

“Owl has a red balloon. Monkey does not. “That red balloon matches my shiny red tie,” says Monkey. “I’d look fancy walking to school with a shiny red balloon. The only thing I’ve ever wanted, since right now, is a shiny, big red balloon. It would make me SO HAPPY!” But Owl does not want to give it to him. So Monkey tries to find something that Owl wants: a teddy bear, a robot, a picture of TEN balloons. Owl does not want any of these things. But then, Monkey offers him…a sock!

Hmmmmm…Owl is intrigued. Will he trade his shiny red balloon with Monkey?”

Why I like this book:

  • Fun text!
  • Fun illustrations!
  • A message we can all relate to, parents as well as kids! And a great opportunity to talk about wanting what we have, not having what we want.

Related Activities


Balloon-Bowl-6Photo  courtesy:

You will need: 1 balloon (inflated), colored paper, scissors, glue.

For detailed instructions:

Just like the characters in I HAVE A BALLOON, kids often want what others have. This book is a perfect launchpad for a discussion about being happy with what you have. Perhaps this balloon bowl can serve as a blessing bowl for your child. Help your child fill out slips of paper with things he/she is grateful for and place them in the bowl.

By the way, dear friends, thanks to debut picture book author Ariel Bernstein, we have a giveaway of a copy of I HAVE A BALLOON. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered. And remember…the greatest gift you can give an author, other than buying their book and reading it to a child, is to write a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

Don’t forget to be back tomorrow when Ariel stops by to chat and to share a super recipe for a fabulous chocolate chip cookie recipe…this one is made with OATMEAL!

Be safe this last weekend of summer…and please join me in praying for all who are impacted by Hurricane Harvey…those who have lost everything…those who have left safe havens to help others…so many kidliters I know live RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT! Keeping you all close to my heart! Author Kate Messner has organized a KIDLITCARES auction to benefit the Red Cross Relief effort for Hurricane Harvey…please visit and bid: KidLitCares auction for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts


About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on September 1, 2017, in Craft Activity for Kids, Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. Vivian, I love the balloon ball activity. Great review. Thank you for featuring this fun book.

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  2. This book sounds lovely, Vivian. I’m intrigued as to the resolution of the story. Your balloon bowl is a perfect accompaniment to the story and its message. Thanks for sharing this one.

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  3. I’ve been lucky enough to read I HAVE A BALLOON already, and to share it it’s my kids, and let me tell you, it is soooo funny. The exchanges between Monkey & Owl will feel very familiar to kids. I can’t wait to try out this craft with my girls!

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  4. Such an important book with a great message. Like that it is delivered with humor. Such a great cover! Looks like it will be a winner with children.

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  5. Sounds like this book will go down as a classic. Love the theme.

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  6. This sounds like a great book for my grandchildren. And perhaps for me!

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  7. What a fun theme to explore in a picture book, to want what another child has – especially when we’re talking about a big, red balloon. Strange, but I’m suddenly craving one, too. Well, I’m off to check out this book. I HAVE to find out if Owl will exchange his treasure for Monkey’s sock.

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  8. What an important theme for young children & I love the craft – so colorful & important to remember to count our blessings.

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  9. Can’t wait to see this one! Congratulations on your debut, Ariel!!

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  10. I also enjoy the message of this book and it’s told in a fun way. The balloon bowl pictured is gorgeous and I want to try this activity, including the bowl to be used as a blessings bowl too. Congrats on your debut as a picture book author!

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  11. Vivian, thank you for sharing Ariel and Scott’s new book. It looks like a fun read. Congrats to author and illustrator!

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  12. So simple, but sounds wonderful!

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  13. Yes, prayers for Texas……


  14. A wonderful theme for this balloon story! Looking forward to reading it!


  15. Congratulations!!! The cover illustration says, “open me”! I think I must get this book for a mentor text. Thinking of a manuscript that sits in a drawer….no balloon, but similar theme. Thanks for sharing!


  16. Oh my goodness–I won! 🙂 I can’t wait-Thanks Vivian. And I look forward to reading I HAVE A BALLOON. The balloon ball is so pretty.


  17. I’m intrigued by this book: what a great way to present such an important theme! Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Vivian!


  18. Looks adorable! Congrats Ariel on your debut PB!


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