Balloons for Papa: A Story of Hope and Empathy
Ever since Arthur’s mom has been in the hospital, his dad has been depressed and unable to smile. Arthur really wants a balloon because it makes him smile, and he wants to cheer up his dad. Every time Arthur asks for a balloon, his dad brushes him off and rushes to the hospital to see his mom. One day, Arthur is determined to get a balloon on his own, but to his surprise, some balloons end up in his front yard. Arthur realizes that more than anything, he needs some comfort and a hug from his dad.
The book starts off with many shades of grays to depict the gloominess and the depression that surround Arthur and his dad. I found it interesting that Arthur’s rain boots were the only colorful object on Arthur at the beginning. Like Arthur, kids can sense when something is wrong with their parents. They also have a natural way to comfort their parents. Families who are going through a difficult time might find some comfort in this gentle and hopeful book. I recommend this book to families seeking to talk about mental health.
|Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia
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