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Text and Tunes: The Red Balloon

The Red Balloon ($17) is the picture book version of the 1956 children's short film, Le Ballon Rouge by Albert Lamorisse. The film, which received a Best Original screenplay Academy Award and the Palme d'Or for short films at Cannes, captures a 34-minute adventure of a small boy who happens upon a red balloon in Paris, France.

The book showcases stirring stills taken during the filming of the movie alongside the storyline told page-by-page. If you missed this lesser known classic when you were growing up you can watch part of the film below for a taste of the fantasy-fueled excursion.

sassy_chick sassy_chick 8 years
OH I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaate this book.
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 8 years
I used to love this movie!! When I was taking French classes as a kid, they used to show us the movie to show us life as a French kid!! Such memories!
Aimeelo Aimeelo 8 years
I used to watch this all the time when I was a kid. It was always against my will.
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