My Red Balloon
"True to the small child's viewpoint, there is no talk of war or patriotism, right or wrong, only that Daddy was "making sure our country stays safe." The clear, idyllic watercolors show the poignant homecoming and one loving family's pride, yearning, and heartfelt reunion."
"Bunting captures the tension, fear, anxiety and release in a small boy whose father is coming home from a Navy tour. ...The straightforward language is pitched perfectly and Life's naturalistic, warm-hued watercolors are reassuring. ....Not sentimental but full of sentiment."