My Friend, Loonie

My Friend, Loonie
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March 28, 2023
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A gentle story of connection and loss finds a promise in memories after a young child loses her constant companion.

With a good friend like Loonie the yellow balloon, anything is possible. From neighborhood walks to reading aloud in bed to dance parties in your room, Loonie makes each activity a little brighter, a little fuller of sunshine. But as one child discovers with sadness, when it’s time for Loonie to float away home, the sunshine goes, too. It’s not as fun to have a dance party alone. And while tending to the garden helps a little bit, the world outside the window is silent and gray. Until, one day, as flowers start to push up from the soil, big and full of hope, the memory of Loonie begins to emerge in unexpected places. With tender empathy, and charming and whimsical art by Ashling Lindsay, Printz Award winner Nina LaCour illuminates the childhood companions that bring a little magic to the world.

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A Gentle Story About Finding Joy Again After Loss.
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The child’s imagination is ignited the day her parents bring home a big yellow balloon that bobs and floats around. She leads it through all her daily activities and communicates with it like it is her friend. The balloon brings her much joy until she accidentally lets it loose outside. Her parents help her deal with the loss and she finds joy again with things that remind her of her balloon.
Many children use objects or dolls to create a special always friend that can come along on their daily adventures and could relate to this story. It could also be used as an introduction to grief or loss for children coping with events in their lives that they are too young to understand. The illustrations are whimsical and the color palette is muted and gentle throughout the story. Overall, this is a gentle story about finding joy again after loss.
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