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Tale of Five Balloons

Miriam Roth
AGE: 2-5

One of Israel's favorite classics, Tale of Five Balloons is among the first books read to toddlers in pre-school.
When Ruthie's mother brings home a wonderful surprise - five colorful balloons - the children are thrilled. But when they go for a walk with their beautiful balloons, disaster strikes: Uri's balloon bursts on a rose bush, and when Ron's Dad enthusiastically blows up the yellow balloon, it bursts too. Sigalit's kitten gets her claws into the lovely purple balloon, and Ruthie hugs hers so tightly that it bursts! All four children are very sad. Only Alon's red balloon is still ok, until the wind snatches it up, and away. The children watch it float away and wave goodbye - they have learned to accept the disappointment of losing their balloons.
This deceptively simple book works on many levels, and Miriam Roth introduces toddlers to various experiments with humour. For example, what happens to a balloon when you scratch it or squeeze it? This book can be read and performed simultaneously, with the active participation of the young audience.

Tale of Five Balloons
 is the best selling Hebrew picture book of all times. It sold since publication, back in 1974, more than 900,000 copies and is still selling at least 35,000 copies a year.

Illustrations: Ora Ayal


Tale of Five Ballons
Title Tale of Five Ballons
Author’s Last Name Roth
Author's First Name Miriam
Language(s) Hebrew, Arabic, Korean
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1974
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) board bk: 2006
No. Pages 27 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Maʹase Be-Chamisha Balonim
Representation Represented by ITHL


Arabic: Tel Aviv, Sifriat Poalim, 1996; Nazareth, Merkaz adab al-Atfal al-Arabi fi Israel, 2007 
Korean: Seoul, Joongang M&B, 1999

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