A tried and true idea with a fresh twist here combines the love of balloons with their essence- the property of rising in the air. Sandy loses a favorite balloon one day by popping it accidentally. Then he goes shopping with his mother and is presented with 17. Of course they keep him off the ground, but Sandy refuses to let go until he's too high up- and then must break them one by one in order to land safely. Two tones by Meg Wohlberg gaily outline the rise and fall.