Party planning is in full force now for Mia’s 5th birthday as it is only about 3 weeks away now so everywhere we go, we are looking for anything unicorn themed as this is the kind of party she has decided she would like this year. We were asked if we would like to look at a new book called ‘James and the Birthday Balloon’ by Nicola Rowley and I knew that it would be fun for Mia to read in time for her own birthday celebrations!
One of the things that drew us to the story, apart from it being birthday themed, is the fact that you get a free audio recording of the story read by TV’s very own mum crush Dr Ranj from the Cbeebies show Get Well Soon. This programme has been a firm favourite in our house for a while now so Mia was really excited to hear Dr Ranj’s voice reading the story out to her!
James and the Birthday Balloon is a lovely little story about James who is going out to his best friend Ruby’s birthday party. They each are given giant balloons at the party but Ruby hurts her leg while chasing hers when she lets go of it and she ends up needing to go to hospital. James is able to show Ruby how to be brave and is able to reassure her with his kindness and his best smile!
A lovely, bright, cheerful story about kindness and friendship and teaches children how to reassure others even when you’re not too sure yourself. Mia really enjoyed the story and although she felt a little sad when Ruby hurt herself and needed to go to hospital (a bit raw as I have just had a short stint in hospital myself!), she loved hearing James helping his best friend out and was very happy when he was able to cheer Ruby up! It’s really important for children to not feel scared at the thought of having to go to hospital and this story goes someway in helping that.
For every copy of the story sold, £1 goes to help raise funds to support Evelina London Children’s Hospital which helps to provide care and life-saving treatment for children in South London so grab your copy now!
Disclaimer: we were sent a copy of the book in order to write this however all opinions and views are honest and our own.