Recently I was sent this beautiful book, James and the Birthday Balloon by Nicola J. Rowely to review, thank you, Nicola. I always know when we are onto a good book because Alex will ask for it to be read over and over, James and the Birthday Balloon is one of these books.
James and Ruby are best friends, on this day James wakes up very excited as it is Ruby’s birthday. At Ruby’s birthday, they each receive a special balloon. As James and Ruby are running along excitedly, Ruby loses her balloon and it floats off into the sky. As Ruby is distracted looking up, she falls over and hurts herself. Ruby has to go to the hospital, she is scared. James wants to help make his best friend feel happy again, How can he do this?
Ultimately the messages spread through the book are about kindness, sharing, and empathy for others. What I love so much about this book is that the messages are simple and very relatable for young children. Alex instantly fell for the story as Ruby lives on a farm, much like his cousin and best friend Meeka.
The simple, realistic pictures and facial expressions are bright and bubbly. Younger children who may not be at the reading stage would easily be able to tell the story through the illustrations when looking at this book alone.
A delightful story for all ages.