Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Balloons for Tiger by Lori Orlinsky - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway


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Book Details:

Book Title:  Balloons for Tiger by Lori Orlinsky
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
PublisherMascot Books
Release date:   May 4, 2021
Formats available: hardback
Content Rating:  G for everyone.



Book Description:

How can children begin to heal after losing a pet? Balloons for Tiger takes an imaginative look at this tough topic as colorful balloons travel from the hands of children to their beloved cat who has passed on. This book lets children open up their hearts and imaginations for a magical journey to the farthest corners of the world, where they'll meet skydivers, astronauts, superheroes, and everything in between. As they watch the balloons voyage to the other side of the rainbow bridge, they learn to positively process their grief. Balloons for Tiger is a great tool for any child who has experienced the loss of a pet- or any other loved one, too.

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My Review
Balloons for Tiger is an adorable children's book that tackles the subject of losing a beloved pet. It's a unique, creative story that provides comfort for children who may be grieving after their pet crosses the Rainbow Bridge. Having children follow the balloons released in the story on their adventure as they make their way to Tiger is a heartwarming and magical way for children to process their emotions and heal from the sadness they may be feeling. 
I found the illustrations to be bright and colorful. They were delightful and really made the story pop. As someone who lost a beloved cat four years ago, this book made me smile. 
It's a quick, easy read for young readers, and parents will appreciate the imaginative support and reassurance the book provides.
5 stars!

 Author Interview
1.      How can kids better cope with pet loss after reading “Balloons for Tiger”?

Instead of going into depth about religion and spirituality (which may be out of the comfort zones of many adults), parents, caregivers and teachers can use this imaginative and whimsical book to remind kids not to dwell on their loss. Instead, the book helps show kids that their pets are forever in their hearts, and that their pets love them, too.


2.      How can parents use this book in larger conversations about loss?
“Balloons for Tiger” is a good “starter book” about loss. The book shows the “rainbow bridge” and depicts it as a warm, bright place where pets are having fun. I think this illustration will bring comfort to kids so they know their pets are not alone. At the end of this book, there is an educator guide written by a teacher and discussion question prompts for parents, developed by a licensed social worker. My hope is that “Balloons for Tiger” serves as a tool for helping kids cope with the loss of a pet, or any other loved one.


3.      Tell me a little about Tiger, the star of the book.

Tiger was a black tabby cat who lived to be 18. My husband, Brian, adopted her from The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago when she was just four. She was a part of both of my daughters’ lives. She lived for wet food, loud meows and long, intense cuddle sessions. She was also always the winner at playing hide-and-seek. Once, it took us two days to locate her inside the box spring of our mattress. We were so lucky to have her in our lives.


4.      What do your children think of this book?

My children love this book because after we released balloons for Tiger, they kept asking where the balloons went. That forced me to think on my feet and make up beautiful stories about their journey to the rainbow bridge. Many of the places that the balloons traveled to were stories made up by my girls. It was their suggestion to include the cow that jumped over the moon.

5.      I see you are donating a portion of proceeds from the book to the Anti-Cruelty Society. Is there a particular reason why you selected that organization?

My husband rescued Tiger from The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago when she was four. We also rescued our 11-year-old orange tabby cat, Hoosier, from there, as well as our 10-year-old Beagle, Drake. The Anti-Cruelty Society has brought joy into our lives and we wanted to give back to the organization.

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.

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Tour Schedule:

May 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
May 4 - Welcome To MLMOpinion’s Reviews - book review
May 5 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 6 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 7 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 10 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
May 11 – Twirling Book Princess – book review
May 11 - Corinne Rodrigues / Booksnista - book spotlight / giveaway
May 12 – Pick a Good Book - book review / author interview / giveaway
May 13 – I'd Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
May 13 - Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 14 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
May 17 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
May 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
May 18 - The Bespectacled Mother - book review
May 19 – The Adventures Of A Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 20 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 20 - Nighttime Reading Center - book review / giveaway
May 21 – Icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
May 24 – I'm Into Books – book review  
May 24 - Reading is My Passion – book review
May 25 –Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 27 – Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 27 - I Read Kid's Books - book review / author interview /giveaway
May 28 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
May 31 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 31 - Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Lori Orlinsky's BALLONS FOR TIGER Book Tour Giveaway



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