The other day I heard my grandma’s voice. She didn’t say anything in particular, but I heard her voice. It was something I haven’t heard in several decades. When we lost her I crumbled. There are so many things I missed her knowing about my life today and many special people she will never meet and will never meet her. Yet, there are days or things something occurs, such as a visit in my dream, a wiff of her perfume or I hear her voice and I know she is with me. This month is the anniversary of her death.
The featured book today features loss — loss of a pet. Pets are important family members too and we feel their loss. A few years ago our dog, Caramel, was only about 8 when he got sick. We still feel his loss. The kids took it OK. I was especially proud of how strong Matthew was. He will be a great veterianerian. Even being less than 10 and close to Caramel who had always been part of his life he was understanding to the loss as he missed his friend. He showed he is well suited for his career choice and he learned more about it dealing with that difficult loss.
This book is a nice option when families with young children are dealth with the passing of a furry family member.
Book Title: Balloons for Tiger by Lori Orlinsky
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7) 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: May 4, 2021
Formats available: hardback
Content Rating: G for everyone.
How can children begin to heal after losing a pet? Balloons for Tiger takes an imaginative look at this tough topic as colorful balloons travel from the hands of children to their beloved cat who has passed on. This book lets children open up their hearts and imaginations for a magical journey to the farthest corners of the world, where they’ll meet skydivers, astronauts, superheroes, and everything in between. As they watch the balloons voyage to the other side of the rainbow bridge, they learn to positively process their grief. Balloons for Tiger is a great tool for any child who has experienced the loss of a pet- or any other loved one, too.
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Meet the Author
Lori Orlinsky is a multi-award-winning children’s book author who lives in Chicago. She was inspired to tell this story after her family experienced the loss of their beloved eighteen-year-old cat, Tiger. Unable to find books about pet loss to help her young kids cope with their grief, Lori wrote Balloons for Tiger. She hopes this book will help others, too.
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A colorful book with a helpful message is a book designed to help children following the death of a beloved furry family member. It does a nice job discussing a sensitive subject and relating to the thoughts of youth. The idea is a cute one and a sweet one. We might not know how to handle this time with little ones. Whether it is discussing the loss or how to cope with the loss. The book helps approach this. It also gives an interesting way of saying good-bye to a special pet that is more than a good-bye.
The things mentioned in this book are relatable to youth, which helps children understand a little more. They are able to use their imaginations and have hope in a time they might have lost a little hope along with a little friend. This is a helpful book to assist when dealing with such a loss and can help get a discussion started as well. It is a sweet idea and a beautiful way to say good-bye to a beloved pet. The thought is a wonderful way to honor a pet and will bring some joy as well. This book is helpful and is was obviously written with feeling. We recommend it. If you have dealt with such a loss and have little ones we recommend this book. It may be helpful as you cope with the loss.
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- What advice would you give budding writers?
It sounds cliché, but just keep writing until all your ideas are out on paper. I am a perfectionist, so it is hard for me to write a manuscript without going back and fixing every little word. But I noticed that making those edits stops my train of thought. So, I would suggest writing the story as you envision it in your head, and then making edits.
- Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
Yes – all the time. When this happens, I find it best to stop the project, do something else and come back to it with a fresh set of eyes (and a big cup of coffee). What plagues me even more than writer’s block is continually finding new words that rhyme and fit within the meter of my book.
- What is your favorite part about being an author?
Without a doubt, I love doing school visits. Generally, during school visits, I give a presentation to students about my journey in becoming an author, the inside process in writing the book and then I read my book to them. The Q&A portion always makes me laugh because kids ask the funniest questions. One that I get all the time is “do you ever get thirsty when you read out loud?” The answer to that one is yes!
- How did you work with your illustrator to bring “Balloons for Tiger” to life?
I am very fortunate that I have been able to collaborate with the same talented illustrator – Vanessa Alexandre – for all my books. When working with illustrators, many authors leave art notes in their manuscript. That simply means they are giving light direction to the illustrator about what type of illustration they’d like to see accompany each spread. I never do this, and I think that’s why Vanessa and I work well together. I feel that providing illustrator notes limits an illustrator’s creativity, so I leave it all open to interpretation for Vanessa. A great example is that if I left art notes for Vanessa in “Balloons for Tiger,” I would have received “colorful balloons.” I never imagined these balloons would have faces and personalities, and that idea was Vanessa’s. It made the book better!
- Do you have plans to write another book?
Yes, but I think I may take a breather first! I released three books in three consecutive years, so I feel like I need a short break before I start another book. I have plenty of ideas swirling around in my head!
NOTE: This blog was written with and provided by media kit information from the iBOOK BOOK TOURS Host team. The review is my own idea as the book was provided.