Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Help Your Child Deal with Loss with My Yellow Balloon

There has been a lot of sadness in the news recently, from devastating natural disasters to violent protests and much more. It’s no secret that our children are directly or indirectly exposed to and aware of life’s most difficult occurrences, and in their true curious nature, they may have questions. {Product provided for review/feature consideration}

Whether your child has observed a loss or dealt with one of their own (death, divorce, moving away, deployment, etc.), helping them understand it all can be challenging. Tiffany Papageorge, sought-after speaker and author, addresses this difficult topic with her inspirational new picture book, My Yellow Balloon.

Tiffany Papageorge

Breathtakingly illustrated by former DreamWorks “Shrek” artist, My Yellow Balloon (Ages 4-9, Oct 2014, Minoan Moon Publishing, $18.99, www.myyellowballoon.com ) tells the simple, powerful, and heartfelt story of a young boy who gets a bright yellow balloon while visiting a fair with his parents. He loves the balloon dearly until it accidentally slips from his hands. Without his yellow balloon, all of the color drains from the boy’s world, until one day when the boy sees the yellow balloon reflected in the sun and knows it will always be with him, even if it’s not in his hands anymore. It gives kids courage to experience loss (from a move or a new school to a lost pet or family member) and a language for understanding change. Just like Oh, The Places You’ll Go! is the book for graduation, My Yellow Balloon is for anyone in tough times.

Providing comfort and clarity, My Yellow Balloon can help parents begin a difficult conversation with their children. Loss is very real, but doesn’t have to be so scary. What a great tool this is in these times of turmoil. Until next time...

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