Welcome to the May 7th stop on the blog tour for Balloons for Tiger by Lori Orlinsky, organized by iRead Book Tours. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for spotlights, reviews, author guest posts & interviews, and a giveaway! More on that at the end of this post.
Welcome back to the blog, Lori! It was so nice to review another book for you.
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Author Guest Post
Publishing a book during a pandemic
My second book, “The Tooth Fairy’s Tummy Ache,” was released in January 2020 – weeks before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Gone in an instant were my dreams of a Spring book tour, where I had planned to visit schools, libraries, and bookstores. I had to think quickly on my feet about how to get my book in front of children during this unprecedented time.
As such, I began doing virtual author visits, which allowed me to visit more schools because I wasn’t bound by distance. This gave the teachers a well-deserved break from teaching in front of the computer. In addition, to accompany the visit, I created interactive “drag and drop” comprehension activities that kids could do on their computers after reading my book. I also worked with local bookstores, libraries, and museums to host virtual storytime events for kids since they were also closed and looking for social content. In addition, because kids were using tablets to consume books, I partnered with interactive Apps and websites to integrate my books and coloring sheets into their platforms, reaching even more kids. I also worked with talented YouTube content creators who did fun read alouds of my book for families to enjoy at bedtime. Finally, to capitalize on the fact that learning turned to computers and tablets, I created both eBook and audio book options for all my books.
About the Book
Balloons for Tiger
by Lori Orlinsky
Published 4 May 2021
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Page Count: 38
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How can children begin to heal after losing a pet? Balloons for Tiger takes an imaginative look at this tough topic as colorful balloons travel from the hands of children to their beloved cat who has passed on. This book lets children open up their hearts and imaginations for a magical journey to the farthest corners of the world, where they’ll meet skydivers, astronauts, superheroes, and everything in between. As they watch the balloons voyage to the other side of the rainbow bridge, they learn to positively process their grief. Balloons for Tiger is a great tool for any child who has experienced the loss of a pet- or any other loved one, too.
My Rating: 5 Stars
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I was granted complimentary access to Balloons for Tiger as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title with iRead Book Tours. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.
I’m not crying, you’re crying! Excuse me while I find my cats for a big hug.
Okay, I’m back.
Balloons for Tiger is a very sweet story about saying goodbye to a beloved pet. A family releases balloons with messages of love as a way to say goodbye to their recently deceased cat, Tiger. As the balloons float away, the family muses about where the balloons might visit on their way to Tiger’s new home in heaven.
The illustrations are beautiful and a lot of fun! The story itself is very sweet and creative, and the majority of the pages in the middle didn’t bring me to tears, but oh my goodness the conclusion when little Tiger receives her messages turned on the waterworks! It immediately made me think of that “Rainbow Bridge” poem vet offices like to include in condolences cards.
This book would be very helpful in helping young kids understand and accept the loss of a pet, and could possibly be extended to the loss of others in their lives. Definitely consider picking up this book when facing loss with preschool/primary school age kids. My one plea to parents/guardians and teachers who may make use of this book is to please be aware that releasing balloons in this way in certain areas can result in dangerous plastic litter that is harmful to certain birds and sealife. Maybe borrow the spirit of this book, but a different item/activity, if you’re in an area with a vulnerable wildlife population such as right on a coastline.
About the Author
Lori Orlinsky is a multi award-winning children’s book author, freelance writer and marketing director who lives in Chicago. Lori is the mother of two little ladies who are small but mighty. Lori is certified by the CDC in Bullying Prevention and Response Training, and is an Ambassador for the National Bullying Prevention Center. At 5″1, she wishes her children’s picture book “Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All),” was around when she was growing up. Lori’s books are published by Mascot Books.
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|May 4||Welcome To MLMOpinion’s Reviews|
|May 5||Rockin’ Book Reviews|
|May 6||A Mama’s Corner of the World|
|May 7||Westveil Publishing|
|May 10||The Pen and Muse Book Reviews|
|May 11||Twirling Book Princess|
|May 11||Corinne Rodrigues / Booksnista|
|May 12||Pick a Good Book|
|May 13||I’d Rather Be At The Beach|
|May 13||Chit Chat with Charity|
|May 14||Bound 4 Escape|
|May 17||Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting|
|May 18||Locks, Hooks and Books|
|May 18||The Bespectacled Mother|
|May 19||The Adventures Of A Travelers Wife|
|May 20||Deborah-Zenha Adams|
|May 20||Nighttime Reading Center|
|May 21||Icefairy’s Treasure Chest|
|May 24||I’m Into Books|
|May 24||Reading is My Passion|
|May 25||Gina Rae Mitchell|
|May 26||Jazzy Book Reviews|
|May 27||Laura’s Interests|
|May 27||I Read Kid’s Books|
|May 28||Stephanie Jane|
|May 28||Books for Books|
|May 31||Lisa’s Reading|
|May 31||Splashes of Joy|
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