Celebrate your friends for Valentine’s Day

A birthday balloon can be lonely after the children go home…but a friend can fly up out of anywhere!

Valentine’s Day might cause many of us to think exclusively of romantic relationships, but really it’s a time to honor all our relationships: our children, our parents, and even our friends. love is in the airLove is in the Air by Jonathan Fenske tells a wonderful story of friendship for any child to understand and treasure.

Fenske’s wife Jennifer, a novelist, asked me if she could send me a copy of t

 

he book for review, and though the reading level is well above Max’s at this point, I agreed for a couple of reasons:

  1. Young reader books tend to repeat words, which is great to help them learn. Though I imagine it will be quite awhile before Max reads his first words, I’ll do anything I can now to help that day come sooner!
  2. There’s a balloon on the cover, and it turns out that the balloon is in fact the main character. Max adores balloons. His friend Wyatt brought him some balloons when Max had his adenoids out in November, and he played with them every day through Christmas. I knew a book about a balloon would be a hit.

And it was! The balloon stays tied to a bench long after the birthday boy takes his presents home, so the flying party favor is feeling dejected when, all of a sudden, a bright yellow kite flies up with a smile. The balloon’s frown turns right away into a smile, showing that a single kind look can turn someone’s whole day around. What a great lesson in the first few pages!

The kite encourages the balloon to reach new heights; then the balloon returns the favor for its new friend. This is a great example for young readers that good friends bring out the best in each other.Β Max enjoyed saying “Balloon!” and smiling throughout their play. The two friends play creatively together until an unfavorable wind and a bird’s sharp beak threaten the friends’ play. Luckily, friendship wins out with one friend supporting the other.

Because of the beautiful message of friendship, along with the simply sweet illustrations, Love is in the Air deserves 5 snacks:

5 snacksVisit Jonathan and Jennifer’s fan page or read more about the husband and wife team via their blog. The author provided Max and I with a copy of the book in exchange for our honest review.

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29 thoughts on “Celebrate your friends for Valentine’s Day

    • So glad to have you! Thanks for participating in the hop. I look forward to visiting the links this weekend πŸ™‚ Let me know which your little one loves more – the balloon or the kite!

  1. Jaymie, thank you so very much for reviewing Love Is in the Air. Your blog is delightful and such a great resource for parents looking for books for their kiddos. Jonathan loves the part about friendship…your words really touched him. And me, too! Thanks again.

    • You’re very welcome. The 5 snacks were well-deserved. Thank you for sending us a copy! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  3. Hi Jayme
    What an adorable book. Gigi is absolutely balloon obsessed at the moment too, so this sounds like a wonderful future read for her. We have a packet of balloons a and proper balloon stick that we replace the every few days when it goes flat. lol Thanks so much for linking it into the hop and I will pop over to their site now. Cheers Julie

    • Now that is a smart idea! Max got some balloons from his best friend when he had his adenoids out around Thanksgiving, and we weren’t allowed to get rid of it until after Christmas. I hope Gigi loves it!

    • Hi Keith! Thank you so much for joining the Hop … and so early, too! You win the prize for Early Bird of the Hop lol. Anyway, thanks again, and I’ll be sure to visit your site!

  4. Hi! I’m stopping by as part of the Kid Lit Blog Hop. The book looks so cute with a great message, thanks for posting. πŸ™‚

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