Honored to be chosen by Lucy Caulkins for the Teacher Classroom Library List.
“It was a powerful experience and magical teaching moment that I will never forget. It allowed even young children to connect and express their feelings about the loss of our friend from our class who was moving away. My Yellow Balloon allowed our class to explore, feel and share our emotions in a way no other book has.”
“My Yellow Balloon is the gentle entry point into the discussion of loss that kids, and adults need. The beautiful illustrations alone are full of meaning and serve as catalysts for conversations. I have used this book as a touchstone for guiding children and families through major life events such as divorce or loss of a loved one to seemingly innocuous events such as the end of the school year. My Yellow Balloon has provided me, and my students, with the language we were looking for to discuss the loss and changes we inevitably experience in our lives.”
“My Yellow Balloon is a unique tool, helping to bridge the gap between loss and talking about loss. We all experience loss in our unique way, whether it be the loss of a friend that moves away, the loss of a pet that runs away, a toy that is misplaced or a loved one that passes on. Loss in the book, although only a simple, yellow balloon, gives students of all ages a common experience in which to understand loss. I plan to use this terrific book each year on September 11th, a day of great loss for me, personally. This event rocked my core-existence and is quite-literally history in my 10-year-old students’ eyes. This book will help me, as teacher, talk about my losses as well.”
“Middle School kids have a lot to share and providing them with the avenue to do that can sometimes be tricky. The My Yellow Balloon Narrative Writing Project was a divine intervention for kids to be able to share. It gave them permission to be vulnerable. It gave them permission to publish…and the pride that is exhibited when (the students) read to younger kids and display their work in the community is pretty unparalleled.”