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The Day Ray Got Away

by Angela Johnson

Hardcover, 40 pages

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2010-09-07)

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Amazon Description

Ray is a parade balloon who longs to float far above the crowd, no strings attached. It’s his dream to fly on his own, though circumstances always seem to tie him down. But Ray is determined to achieve his goal, and with persistence and determination he manages to break free and soar through the skies. Readers will cheer for Ray’s triumph and delight in the joyful parade scenes—you’ll never look at a parade balloon the same way again!

One Potato Review

Dissension in the ranks. “This is the day,” announces Ray to his fellow parade floats, and it’s hard not to share his excitement, from the minute the yellow and orange dawn appears across the rooftops. Ray himself is always smiling, or so we hear, but it isn’t until he euphorically breaks his bonds that we are finally permitted to glimpse him in full. Ray’s fellow floats are even stirred to stretch their cords and flex their muscles a little at his parting, if only in recognition. For rebels and romantics alike.

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