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Rainbow Balloons: Level 2

RRP $7.99

Developed by New Zealand reading specialist and author, Pam Holden, this exciting reading program offers an extensive range of illustrated fiction and photographic non-fiction titles at graded levels. Red Rocket Readers offer a carefully controlled sequence of challenges throughout the levels to ensure students progress with confidence and enthusiasm.


How To Build A Balloon Tour Business

RRP $18.99

In clear, easy-to-grasp language, the author covers many of the topics that you will need to know in order to launch and run a successful business venture.


A Balloon For A Blunderbuss

RRP $14.95

A whimsical journey through words and pictures that encourages children to imagine how a butterfly could become an overgrown jungle.

This book takes the reader on an imaginative, inspiring journey around the world. It all begins with a drawing of a pair of hands, gently cupped around an unseen object: 'I have a butterfly in my hands. What will you give me for my butterfly? 'I will give you a wishbone.' What would I do with a wishbone? 'Well, you could trade it for a kite with a tail...or a Chinese Lantern. Or, if you like, for a flag. Then you could trade your flag for a straw hat, and for a straw hat, you could get a green umbrella or a sea horse. 'I could trade my sea horse for a row of tin soldiers or ninety-seven stamps or six hundred and fifty toothpicks or a shirt with my name on it. But I think I'd wait and trade it for a ship in a bottle. Now, a ship in a bottle is worth a gumball machine. And I might trade a gumball machine for a brass horn, and the brass horn for a blunderbuss, and the blunderbuss for a balloon I could fly in.'

From the unseen butterfly in the hand to the blunderbuss, the balloon and beyond, Bob Gill lovingly illustrates an ever-expanding list of items, which grows to encompass, among other things, two rocking horses, a small zoo with a lion, a little town and eventually a whole forest with thousands of trees, which you could possibly trade for two stars, if you wanted to. But it would be even better to trade it for an island, and the ocean all round, until in the end, after many, many more trades, you would have everything.

About the Authors

Bob Gill (b.1931) is a world-renowned illustrator and designer. In 1960 he joined Alan Fletcher and Colin Forbes to create a design agency that was the precursor of Pentagram. In 1967 he resumed his freelance career as an illustrator, designer, teacher, film-maker, and author of children’s books. He has also written a number of essential texts on graphic design.

Alastair Reid (b.1926) is a poet and a scholar from Galloway in Scotland. He has lived in Europe, the United States, and Central and South America, working variously as a poet, translator and South American editor of the New Yorker.



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