Balloons For Tiger is another outstanding book about love, loss, and healing.
The family’s cat has gone to kitty heaven. The family holds a ceremony by releasing balloons in his honor. Honoring the dead by releasing balloons is a custom every household can relate too. The youngest child asks where do the balloons go. The mother’s response was perfect, brilliant really. I would have never thought of it as a vacation.
That question led to a long debate in my household between my kids and I, but that’s what makes an excellent book. A book that you can discuss with your kids or peers, a book that touches you.
So then the story begins. The balloon goes on this cute little adventure, “vacation”. You meet a lot of fun characters along the way and you feel you are on the “vacation” with them. The balloon is just making its way around the world until it reaches the family cat, Tiger.
Tiger then sends the family a message ensuring them he is ok. The book is a message. It is ok to grieve, it’s ok to let someone or something go, it’s ok to feel joy, and it’s ok to laugh. Not only is the message of the book beautiful, but the illustrations are breath-taking. Vanessa Alexandre is a wonderful artist.
I have lost a pet as a child, and I remember it was heart-wrenching. If you have ever lost a pet as a kid or have lost a family pet recently, you get it. Buy this book for your kids and have that discussion. You will be glad you did.
Meet the Author:
Lori Orlinsky is a multi-award-winning children’s book author who lives in Chicago. She was inspired to tell this story after her family experienced the loss of their beloved eighteen-year-old cat, Tiger. Unable to find books about pet loss to help her young kids cope with their grief, Lori wrote Balloons for Tiger. She hopes this book will help others, too.