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Picture book that offers a uniquely uplifting perspective on loss.World on a String is the story of a young boy, Charlie, who finds and befriends a big red balloon. Soon, Charlie and his balloon become best friends. They play together. They go to school together. They do everything together.Then, one night, Charlie’s balloon comes untied in a thunderstorm. At first, CharliPicture book that offers a uniquely uplifting perspective on loss.World on a String is the story of a young boy, Charlie, who finds and befriends a big red balloon. Soon, Charlie and his balloon become best friends. They play together. They go to school together. They do everything together.Then, one night, Charlie’s balloon comes untied in a thunderstorm. At first, Charlie is very sad. He imagines that his friend is lost, tangled and all alone.However, by remembering the happy times they shared, Charlie is able to shift his perspective, deal with his loss and, ultimately, he imagines his balloon as a very important part of the starry sky....

Title : World on a String
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ISBN : 9780988698406
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 36 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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World on a String Reviews

  • Henrietta
    2019-04-10 22:40

    I like the idea of the book.Charlie finds and befriends a big red balloon. As they play and do everything together, Charlie sees the balloon as his favorite thing. When the balloon is being blown away in a storm, Charlie becomes sad. He dwells in his sadness for a while and then he starts remembering all the happy moments that he’s shared with the balloon. And when he chooses to cherish his memories, he feels relaxed and he can sleep. He dreams about meeting with his balloon up high in the starry sky.I guess we all have our unique experiences. We see something we like. We label them as our favorite things. We carry them around. We talk about them. We introduce them to our friends. We enjoy spending time alone with our favorite things. And when our favorite things are no longer present, we become sad. We feel like the world has ended. We may cry and sob and wonder why things haven’t turned out the way we wanted. And then gradually, we find our way to get through our depressed moment. We learn to accept what’s still here in the now and we say thank you to the wonderful memories that we cherish.I like that the book offers a way to help us see the good in the moment.To view some of the illustrations, click here.--Originally posted on Leisure Reads.

  • Christy
    2019-03-31 20:55

    I read WORLD ON A STRING to my three year old daughter, Mia, who until recently wasn’t a huge fan of the author, her uncle, Larry Phifer. It’s not that she didn’t like him. It’s just that they rarely see each other and he’s a bit loud.As I began reading, Mia became very quiet and intent. Listening carefully, it wasn't long before she was completely engrossed in the story, and every time I looked over she had a huge smile on her face. When Charlie lost his balloon she actually let out a gasp and was quite concerned for Charlie for those few tense pages. Mia was truly captivated to the end, and when she finally looked up at me, she said with genuine happiness, "That was such a nice story."Then I told her Uncle Larry wrote the book, and what happened next was actually the best review of all. She jumped up and down excitedly on her bed, and asked, "Mommy, can I play with Uncle Larry tomorrow?" It was perfect.

  • Trish at Between My Lines
    2019-04-08 18:36

    Super cute picture book with beautiful illustrations. This book took me by surprise with how much I loved it. It is simple story with an inspiring and imaginative theme and would be a great aid to any child dealing with a loss in their life. It tackles a huge subject like grief and simplifies it down to a level that a child can identify with.It's a rhyming book about a little boy Charlie and his best friend - a red balloon, how they met and all they did together. One night tragedy strikes, Charlie loses his balloon & what follows is an uplifting tale about how he deals with his grief.The beauty of the words is matched with the most colourful and charming illustrations. Love, love, love.Highly recommended for all parents, I think young children will love this one.Thanks to NetGalley and Independent Book Publishers Association for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  • Jay
    2019-04-10 19:58

    what an absolutely beautiful book! a little boy learns to deal with the loss of his best friend, a big red balloon, who he now imagines is fulfilling a very important position in the night sky.a great book to share with any child, but especially one that has experienced loss.*Thanks to NetGalley & the publishers for the chance to read and review an advanced copy

  • Laura
    2019-03-25 20:55

    I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.World on a String is yet another product of my choosing books based on the cover art. What can I say? I’m a cover whore.World on a String is the story of a boy who befriends a red balloon. When it’s string unties and it floats away he becomes sad and learns to deal with loss.I hate to be negative about children’s books like this because I understand the need to teach children lessons like this. Still, I always feel like starting with the negative means I get to end on the positive. Books that are written to teach lessons often come off preachy. This one isn’t quite as preachy, but I still felt like I was learning a lesson rather than being told a story. I think lessons in children’s books work better if it never feels like a lesson. After all, kids just want to read or be told stories. They aren’t worried about what it all means. Like I mention in my review of Mr. Flux, teaching children abstract lessons is tricky. Dealing with loss is most definitely an abstract lesson. That’s something with which some of us still have problems. Again, I think the key is making it feel like a story, not a lesson. Still, there are some good things going on in this book. One is that the boy loses a balloon, instead of a family member or a pet. If it were the other way around, this would just be a super depressing book. Using a balloon as an example softens the message. The other I liked was the art. It’s really beautiful. So, even if I don’t think this is the best way to send this message, this a beautiful book to look through.This one landed slightly below my expectations of a book I would recommend. I think I’ll just say you should try it for yourself and see how it goes.Read more reviews at Owl Tell You About It

  • Alice
    2019-03-25 20:48

    Read this review on my book review blog: Remembering Wonderland -- follow me to read my future reviews! World on a String is a feel-good, rhyming picture book. I can imagine toddlers would very much enjoy the sing-songy feel of the words. There is a certain appeal in the rhyming scheme. The storyline of World on a String is simplistic, but there is an expansive underlying message about looking at the world -- and loss -- in a different way.Remember when you had a balloon on a string? And it was like your whole world because it was so colorful and free? But it also instilled some kind of fear in could fly away at any moment. And needless to say, you accidentally let go and watched it disappeared into the blue, blue net of the sky. You realized that the sky represented some place you couldn't go to, some place out of your reach. Even your all-powerful superhero parents didn't have the ability to bring back your world on a string.It was then that you felt the consuming edges of loss. Things could be taken from you. You could lose whole worlds, whole feelings that could never be replaced.I do have a soft spot for picture books, and I was very much disappointed when I couldn't see the pictures in this galley. I can't judge very well, because I couldn't see the illustrations -- that's the main point of a picture book: the interplay between the artist and the writer!So it's a 4/5.But I'm sure I would have found this a charming story as a toddler. It's nothing amazing and astounding; it's actually one of the "safe" books. It won't challenge ideas or plant unconventional ideas in budding minds. But charming.***eBook provided by in exchange for my honest review

  • Ioana
    2019-03-24 19:46

    World on a String is a beautiful story about friendship and loss. With beautiful illustrations, you get propelled right back to your childhood, where everything was simple and magical. Charlie befriends a red ballon "bright like the moon". They go through various adventures together, quickly becoming inseparable. But then, a storm comes and the balloon gets untied and no matter how much Charlie tries to keep it by his side, it's all for nothing. He becomes sad, imagining what his friend is going through right now, all by himself. But he also remembers the good times they had, cherished memories flashing before his eyes. Charlie comes to the conclusion that even though he misses his friend, he's not coming back. Despite having only 18 pages, the story feels like it's told just in the right pace, it doesn't feel rushed at all. If you have a child, then you should definitely read this to him!

  • Melissa
    2019-04-05 21:02

    Warning there are spoilers.World on a String by Larry Phifer is a simple story of a boy who has a beautiful shining balloon. As happens with most balloons he eventually loses it and has to deal with is feelings of loss.First let me say that the drawings were extraordinary! So vivid and beautiful that children with love to look a them when you are not reading the story. I love that the book tackles the emotions that people feel when they lose something special to them. However it is not over the top and is in put in a way the most children will understand. While in the end Charlie never does get his balloon back he does deal with his sadness and dreams of his balloon being among other balloons way up in the sky. I would have to give this book 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. My son loved not only the story but he kept making me scroll back and forth through the pictures. Any book that can hold my son's attention for more than 2 minutes is a winner for sure!

  • Ionia
    2019-04-13 20:55

    World on a String is a very well illustrated, entertaining story for children with a message about loss. The little boy in this story, Charlie, becomes best friends with his red balloon and is saddened when it is lost. He realizes later that just because you cannot be with someone you love, doesn't mean you can't still love them. I thought this book had an important message for children, and since the main character was so cute and had such a good personality, I believe children would identify with this story from an early age.The illustrations are colorful and match what is going on in the story exactly. I would recommend this book to parents for their younger children. It may also be a good icebreaker to start a discussion about loss. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher.

  • Brenda Moench
    2019-04-11 21:42

    I must say that I can't wait until my grandchild is old enough for me to read and share this book with.The drawings are so very vivid and beautiful that I am sure they will be enjoying the color while I read the simple and poetic story (the story is told in rhyme). I love the way the author and artist have dealt with the loss that Charlie goes thru and how he deals with it... that even though one is sad with the loss of his balloon he is able to turn it around to a wonderful memory and dream of what happens next in a way that I believe that children can understand and accept. That loss doesn't have to be all 'doom and gloom'... but accepting that there is a grieving period and then one of new hope.So grand kids... hurry up and get a little older so we can enjoy this together... (I hope they enjoy it as much as I do)

  • S Farneth
    2019-04-19 19:00

    A wonderful story of friendship that helps the reader realize that sometimes our friends need to leave us to be the best they can be but the friendship is not gone, simply at a different level. Being such good friends with the balloon is reminiscent of the friendship Tom Hanks had with “Wilson” in the movie Cast Away. You actually feel a loss when the balloon comes untied during a storm and Charlie can recover it in the storm.But the ending helps us to realize that although friendships may change, the memories we made with our friends are never lost; and when we know that our “balloons” are doing what they were meant to do “I know your light was meant to fly” we can get even more out of our friendships and memories.

  • Vidya Tiru
    2019-03-20 22:00

    This book tugged at my heartstrings – this one… touched my whole world. The story is so sweet, so poignant and can be told to just about anyone who has lost a friend, who has moved to a new place, whose friend has moved elsewhere – a story of hope, of new beginnings, of silver linings in clouds, or in this case, of shining, shimmering, glittering balloons.The words flow and tumble into the next set seamlessly to inspire the poet in you and me while the illustrations are bright and with the right touch of whimsy while at the same being a work of art to inspire the artist in every kid. My 7-year old loved this book on first read and we have read it many times over already since.Rating: AReading Level: AllReread Level: 5/5

  • Charlotte Jones
    2019-03-20 22:01

    I am aware that this is a children’s picture book but as a Children’s Publishing/Illustration student, I was drawn in by the beautiful cover and was interested in how the story would be laid out, as I downloaded the digital version from Net Galley and read it on my tablet.This was obviously an extremely quick read because it is a children’s picture book with very few words but I found the writing style to be very poetic and would be very enjoyable for a parent to read to their child, and then eventually, as it is simple enough, the child would be able to enjoy it on their own.This book is definitely something that I would recommend if you are interested in illustration at all or have a child that you could read this too. Just a wonderful and endearing 5 star read!

  • Linda Scott
    2019-04-08 22:34

    World on a String soon to be released is one of those very special children's books that you will keep long after your children are grown.Charlie finds a special balloon. It becomes his wonderful friend. He goes to school with the balloon; nighttime the balloon gives of its friendly loving light. But a big storm blows his balloon away. He can't find it anywhere. But when he look at the stars in the sky, he can imagine his wonderful friend there somewhere.The story helps children deal with loss and wanting the best for the friends that come and go in their lives.The illustrations are quite beautiful.I LOVE THIS BOOK! It's a children's book....but it is a special book for adults as well. Larry Phifer has given us an eternal book that will be around for a long time!

  • Julee
    2019-04-03 18:40

    Charlie has a bright, red balloon and they are best friends. They play together (cute illustrations), go to school together, and spend most of their time happily together until the day a terrible storm comes and takes Charlie's red balloon far away. Charlie is saddened by the loss of his best friend but soon begins to recall fond memories of their days together and of the adventures his balloon is sure to be experiencing since its departure. The rhyming text flows poetically, yet awkwardly, at times. World on a String would work well as a creative writing prompt with students hypothesizing the red balloons adventures.World on a String

  • Crystal
    2019-04-02 18:58

    I fell in love with the playful illustrations from the very first page. They bring the words to life and add depth to the story. The soft yet vibrant colors keep the reader floating gently through to the end. The bubbly bath and pirate scenes are sure to amuse readers. The text could have been stronger without the rhyming, but it has a positive and helpful message. World on a String would speak gently to a child who is grieving the loss of something or someone. The text was okay, but the illustrations could almost carry the book alone. I hope to see more illustrations by Danny Popovici in the future.Original review

  • Caitlin
    2019-04-18 23:55

    I received a free ecopy of this from NetGalley.This book is rather sweet. It's a cute story of a little boy and his favourite toy/best friend, the red balloon. The rhyming is nice and rhythmic, and didn't feel forced, and repetition was used to great effect. The art was simple but quite pretty, and both it and the rhymes often had me smiling.On the other hand, I'm not entirely sure how effective it would be as the tool it is intended to be for teaching children. It may or may not be, but it seemed to me that, while sweet, the ending of the book felt a little too quick and forced.Overall, however, it was a charming and quick read.

  • Karen
    2019-04-16 19:45

    A beautifully illustrated book concerning how a child deals with loss. The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic is my favorite book on this subject for little ones, but if you are looking for a book on the same subject with a more light-handed touch, World on a String is an excellent bet.

  • Josh Batchelder
    2019-04-01 01:54

    World on a String has quite possibly the most sad but realistic message of any picture book I've ever seen - it definitely resonated with me. Everyone has lost someone, or will lose someone, and to incorporate it in such a way with the simplistic telling of a kid losing his red balloon is genius. The ending made me very very sad as I was hoping there would be a turn-around happy ending. The realism works to its favor, though - it's perfect through and through. Don't even get me started on the actual pictures in this book either. Each image is brimming with detail and every single detail is vital to the story.

  • Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
    2019-04-14 22:53

    This is a simple story about loss and acceptance. The child in the book is very attached to his red balloon. But when a strong wind takes his balloon away, he has to learn to cope with the loss. At first he is overcome with grief and distraught, but he learns to accept his loss. In the end, he finds comfort and learns to move on. The pictures are very stunning. They remind me vaguely of the illustrations in The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore, but they have more of a watercolor feel to them. The colors are vibrant and draw your attention to the page. There is an abvious whimsical feel that makes this book very appealing and appropriate for younger readers.

  • Dena (Batch of Books)
    2019-04-12 00:44

    When I saw the cover for this book, I knew I had to read it. The artwork is beautiful, warm, and comforting. It is a story about a boy that loses his best friend, and has to find peace through his grief. It is a beautiful, uplifting story that gently addresses an issue that most of us face from time to time.The text is written in rhyme that flows nicely and is easy to read. This is also available as an ebook and as an app. My blog: Books for Kids

  • Kristen Jett
    2019-04-11 22:58

    World on a String is a cute story, with a great message. What happens when you befriend a balloon? Can it stay with you forever? I would recommend it for young readers who have - or about to - experience a loss. It may be a little slow paced for other readers. Reading it as an adult, it almost seemed a little ...condescending, but I think that could be the attempt to approach loss delicately. The ending has a beautiful message that I believe would be easy to relate to.

  • Dalene
    2019-04-19 02:33

    I read this book to my grandson Gavin, he loved it. This little boy had a balloon as his best friend and his imagination was boundless. They did all kinds of things together as the balloon was his best friend, then he lost his balloon one day. He then dealt with the loss and imagined that his balloon became a part of the starry sky. It was a very cute book. My grandson loves using his imagination, so this book was very fun for him.

  • Nick Turner
    2019-04-15 19:00

    This is the story of Charlie, a boy who finds something shiny. Each page has a vivid illustration with a large clear rhyming sentence in a bar below. Illustrations pick out a static moment from the story. Some objects mentioned in the text are not visible. Figures are depicted stylistically with tiny facial features. The story covers independent discovery, play, loss and moving on. It is suitable for child readers (or to read to an infant). I read a review copy from the publisher.

  • Jocelin
    2019-04-11 21:35

    Really sweet story about a boy and a red balloon. The story represents the balloon as a way of dealing with loss. It shows the development of the relationship and how it deals with it. It was an imaginative and creative story. The illustrations are really rich and colorful. A great read for bedtime.

  • Helen
    2019-04-09 18:48

    Again, this BMJ is not my thing. Charlie gets a red balloon and loves it. It becomes his best friend and they do everything together. I keep waiting for it to deflate which doesn't happen. Then a storm makes it fly away and Charlie mourns but then starts to remember their good times and pictures the balloon as one of the stars in the sky which is a stretch for me.

  • Carol
    2019-03-21 22:50

    A beautifully illustrated picture book showing a young boy's love for his best friend. This best friend might just be a balloon, but it is always there for the boy. It makes him happy and listens to him. However, as all things must, their time together comes to an end. Or is it really truly the end?

  • Marga
    2019-03-21 22:49

    This is a story about a friendship between a boy named Charlie and a big red balloon. Charlie and the balloon are best friends, they do everything together. But one night, the balloon gets lost from a thunderstorm. Charlie becomes very sad because of this but soon learns how to deal with the losing his best friend.

  • Lyn
    2019-04-06 22:47

    Important Topic – Hidden LessonsWe shared this book with several children ranging in age from 4-12. The children understood the message of loss. The illustrations are dark and a bit confusing to preschoolers. NetGalley provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lois Galindo
    2019-03-19 18:56

    I recently had the honor of meeting the Author at my children's elementary school. This book will tear at your heart strings. The illustrations are vibrant and draw you in. We were able to watch an App of the book which provided an amazing experience that the children will not soon forget.