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Mathilda and the Orange Balloon

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2010 by Jen Corace

By Randall de Sve; Illustrated by Jen Corace Balzer & Bray, $16. Ages 3 to 6.

When Mathilda the sheep glimpses the floating orb of the title, her small, flat world becomes buoyantly full of bright hopes and aspirations—despite the best efforts of the cud-chewing cynics around her. Illustrator Corace captures the ewe's lighthearted charm with soft lines and warm splashes of pigment set against white backgrounds. De Sve's text, invitingly hand-lettered by Leah Palmer Preiss, establishes a playful yet contemplative tone: Mathilda sets out to prove that like a balloon, she is round and can fly, and like the color orange, she can be big and fierce, warm like the sun, and as she emphatically proves, happy. In the soul-searching spirit of 2008's A Penguin Story by best-selling author Antoinette Portis, Mathilda's unwavering quest for color in a black-and-white world inspires the hope that anything is possible.—Meghan Killeen

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