Charlie's Balloons-ebook : A Story of Big Emotions

By Sarah Degonse

Illustrated By Élodie Duhameau

Translated By Arielle Aaronson

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For highly sensitive kids who feel BIG feelings!

Hi! I’m Charlie. In my mind and in my body, all my emotions fight to take up as much space as they can. I like to picture my feelings as balloons. Sometimes they’re so light they float away. Other times, they’re so heavy it’s like they’re filled with water… For highly sensitive kids and the parents, teachers, and families who love them. Charlie's experience is relatable to all children who feel big emotions, from joy to fear and everything in between. Their story shows that not only is it fine to be highly sensitive, it is in fact a great strength.

Praise & Recognition

Titles...that support SEL in the classroom. ...Charlie uses the metaphor of balloons bouncing, floating, inflating, and bursting to describe how they feel. They share the strategies they use to deal with their emotions and assert that being sensitive is a strength that allows them to be curious, empathetic, creative, etc. In Class: Cut balloon shapes out of construction paper and label them with different emotions. Let students draw on the balloons and add shapes and colours to match the emotion on their balloon.

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Publication Date: February 13, 2024

Reading Age: 6 - 8

Genre: Picture Book, Children's Fiction

Product Format: E-book – EPUB

Pages: 32

ISBN: 978-1-77260-377-4

Weight: 0

About the Author

Sarah Degonse

Sarah Degonse was born in France and lives in Montreal. She loves notebooks of all kinds, newly sharpened pencils, and the innocence of youth and books. She splits her time between working in children’s publishing and producing collaborations for literature and parenting blogs.

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About the Illustrator

Élodie Duhameau

Élodie Duhameau?? was born in France and lives in Montreal. She studied graphic arts in Paris and worked as a graphic designer and art director. After moving to Montreal she was introduced to children’s publishing and discovered her talents as both an illustrator and an author.

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About the Translator

Arielle Aaronson

Arielle Aaronson is a French-to-English translator of novels, films, and more. Her translation of Marie-Renée Lavoie’s Autopsy of a Boring Wife was longlisted for the 2021 Canada Reads book of the year. Arielle lives in Montreal, Quebec with her family.

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