Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1966. Later printing. Small Folio. (31 cm.) 47pp. Photographic front and rear boards showcasing young boy and balloon(s). Titles in white. Edges worn with some loss to head and tail of spine. Some slight scuffing to rear board. Interior clean and unmarked. Very popular among children and libraries, this is a difficult book to find in collectible condition. Very Good. Item #27
This is the simplest of stories. A young boy and a wandering balloon, become friends. In 1956, "The Red Balloon", directed by Albert Lamorisse, won both an Academy Award and the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The book was published the same year, also written by the director and illustrated with photographic stills from the film. Timeless, this story of hope and childhood has seen 117 editions since first published and the film is canonized as an enduring classic. The narrative of a bright red balloon and an innocent, loving little boy living in postwar Paris with its crumbling, battle-scarred, grey buildings is testament to both the imagination of a child and the hope for a bright future after the devastation of World War II. Proof of this spark of hope is evident even in the publication; this 1966 edition was printed in Germany. Words in English.