One day, Emily gets a balloon. By the end of the afternoon, the balloon is no longer just a plaything–Emily and the balloon are friends. But when the balloon blows away, what will Emily do? Sweet, compelling, and filled with beautifully evocative illustrations, the timeless innocence of a story about the wonder and discovery of friendship makes this deceptively simple book a classic.
Komako Sakai studied art in Tokyo, Japan, where she worked as a textile designer before she began illustrating picture books. She has won awards around the world, including the Japan Picture Book Prize, a Golden Plaque at the Biennial of Illustrations in Slovakia, and a Silver Griffin in the Netherlands. Her book Emily’s Balloon was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book and a Horn Book Fanfare title, and The Snow Day received four starred reviews. She lives in Japan.
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