Book Review : World on a String by Larry Phifer

March 1, 2013 Book review 2 ★★★★★

World on a String is a super cute picture book with beautiful illustrations. This book took me by surprise with how much I loved it. It is simple story with an inspiring and imaginative theme and would be a great aid to any child dealing with a loss in their life. It tackles a huge subject like grief and simplifies it down to a level that a child can identify with.
Book Review : World on a String by Larry PhiferWorld on a String by Larry Phifer
Published by Storytime Works on 4 June 2013
Genres: Childrens Picture Book
Pages: 36
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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World on a String is the story of a young boy, Charlie, who finds and befriends a big red balloon. Soon, Charlie and his balloon become best friends. They play together. They go to school together. They do everything together.

Then, one night, Charlie’s balloon comes untied in a thunderstorm. At first, Charlie is very sad. He imagines that his friend is lost, tangled and all alone.

However, by remembering the happy times they shared, Charlie is able to shift his perspective, deal with his loss and, ultimately, he imagines his balloon as a very important part of the starry sky

It’s a rhyming book about a little boy Charlie and his best friend – a red balloon, how they met and all they did.
From that day on, they were always together.
  Fun was more fun.  Good times were better.” 

Then one night tragedy strikes, Charlie loses his balloon & what follows is an uplifting tale about how he deals with his grief.

The beauty of the words is matched with the most colourful and charming illustrations. Love, love, love.  Highly recommended for all parents, I think young children will love this one.

Thanks to NetGalley and Independent Book Publishers Association for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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