Product Details
List Price:
4 to 7
Trim Size:
8.5" x 10.5"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-263-7
Full-color illustrations
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About the Book


The boy has been waiting for this day for many months. It's the day his daddy comes home from overseas. He jumps out of bed and gets ready for the big event. But before going downstairs for breakfast, he takes along something very important: his red balloon. There will be many families and loved ones at the pier. The red balloon will help his father find him among the crowd.  But as the ship approaches, the boy loses his grip on the red balloon. Will his daddy find him in the crowd?


"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.'" Booklist

"The straightforward language is pitched perfectly and Life's naturalistic, warm-hued watercolors are reassuring. . . . Full of sentiment." Kirkus Reviews

"Another sensitive, caring title for service families and those who work with them." School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Eve Bunting

Eve Bunting is the author of the Caldecott-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. Among her many other titles are Will It Be a Baby Brother?, Mouse Island, Emma's Turtle, Baby Can, My Red Balloon, My Special Day at Third Street School, and Girls A to Z. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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Meet the Illustrator

Kay Life

Kay has illustrated more than fifteen books for children, including Muggie Maggie, for which Ms. Life received the Garden State Children's Book Award.

She lives in Westfield, Massachusetts.

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