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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Balloon Trees

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Did you know that balloons grow on trees? In Balloon Trees, we learn the process of tapping latex from trees and all the steps involved in turning it into balloons. The simple rhyming text, appropriate for young children, describes how workers collect latex from rubber trees, what they do with the collected liquid, and how it is turned into products in the factory. A balloon is an item that kids are very familiar with, but they probably never knew that it started from a tree!

This book is a great way to introduce science and industry to a young audience, as well as answering the ever-present questions young kids have about how? and where? and why?

The illustrations fill the pages with bold, bright colors and lots of detail. The surprising tour guide takes readers through the entire balloon-making process from the forest to the toy store. My son is delighted that he can explain how balloons are made after reading Balloon Trees.  I like the extras that accompany this book, like the "For Creative Minds" section, containing four pages of activities including sequencing, geography, and history.

In addition, the Sylvan Dell website has free downloadable teaching resources, including:
  • reading questions
  • language arts
  • science
  • math
  • geography
  • coloring pages
  • interactive quizzes
  • related websites
  • alignment to standards


Balloon Trees is especially fun to read aloud because of its rhyming, simple text. This book is a nice way to incorporate many subjects at once, and it is a good discussion-starter.

After reading the story out loud, parents can ask questions and have kids narrate the story back to them, and then have kids try the activities. The free teaching resources provide enough material to turn this book into a unit study and will have kids wanting to discover more about earth's natural resources.



{The publisher provided me with a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.}

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