Three young sisters are granted a magical reward for their generosity.
Every week the sisters and their father visit the children’s zoo. Dad gives them money to buy anything they want, and, on every visit, they always choose to purchase food for the animals. The balloon seller has been watching them and gives them each a balloon. He instructs them to tie the balloons to their beds before going to sleep, and something magical and wonderful will happen. That night their beds take flight, through the window, past the clouds, and up to the stars. They meet three angels and are led to a wondrous place, filled with color and sparkling light, where they sing the night away. They drift down to Earth with birds of every color easing their return and gently helping them land right back in their own home. Feathers representing each girl commemorate their journey. Julianna Margulies retells the tale as she remembers her father, Paul, telling it, employing language and tone that make even the most magical events entirely believable while maintaining a gentle, flowing pace. Shaffer’s bright, swirling illustrations enhance and enlarge the action. Those three pointy-nosed, color-coordinated little dark-haired white girls and their matching angels, balloons, and feathers are charming. There’s an innocence here that never becomes preachy or overly sweet.
Tender, winsome, and loving. (author’s introduction) (Picture book. 3-8)