Baldo’s Awesome Adventures Book and Giveaway

by Paige Bacon

A little red balloon sits on a toy store shelf in his box wanting desperately to be filled with helium so that he can be a big balloon, fly, make friends and see the world. A mom comes and buys him for her daughter’s birthday party. The kids love the balloon and Baldo is so happy right up until the kids tie him to a chair and run off to play leaving him all alone. He tugs his string loose and his awesome adventures begin. Will he ever find a friend?

Silvia Beck Speyer wrote and illustrated Baldo’s Awesome Adventures: A Balloon’s Search For A Friend as a children’s adventure tale for her four grandchildren who loved it so much she decided to share it with the rest of us. Her straightforward, simple illustrations make this children’s book an appropriate story for boys and girls of all ages. Children can easily understand the desire to find a friend to play with them. The places Baldo goes to seem so fantastic and far away that it will stimulate lots of discussions about where Baldo has gone in the story.

As a teacher, I must say that there are so many different activities that you can do with this darling children’s book. For example, with a toddler you can talk about colors, the animals, the children, and Baldo in the story. You can even get them a red balloon to pretend they are walking Baldo around the neighborhood or perhaps taking him to the park. An activity for the three to five year old child might be to ask them about the moon and the sun and how they were not really polite or friendly to Baldo and how their words made Baldo feel.

Talk to your children about what it means to be a good friend and how they can be a good friend to another child.  Have your pre-school child draw their favorite pictures from the story. A first or second grade activity might involve using a world map to mark where Baldo went in the story using a red string or a small cut out picture of Baldo. You could even have your child write the story from the point of view of the little boy whom Baldo meets later in the story. As you can see, the possibilities are endless and the story is full of life lessons for us all to learn from and share with others.  

As a mom, I am often searching for good adventure books that are appropriate for my son who is almost four. I was glad when I read Baldo that the story is not too scary for little ones but stirs their imagination. My son recently got a world map that we put in his room. He went to see where India was as soon as we were done with the story since his grandfather had grown up there. He asked if I thought Baldo met “Jumpa” on his recent trip. He thought so. Baldo the Balloon is now one of his favorite books to read and talk about.  

Baldo’s Awesome Adventures: A Balloon’s Search For A Friend is available via for $11.65.   Baldo is also on Facebook.  

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  I am thrilled to announce that 5 Minutes for Mom is having a giveaway of copies of Baldo’s Awesome Adventures so you can have a copy of your very own to share with your children, students, or grandchildren!

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I was paid and received a copy of the book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

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1 Natalia February 7, 2013 at 12:04 am

My 7yo son would like this book!


2 Janet W. February 7, 2013 at 5:37 am

My grandson would enjoy this book!


3 Melissa P. February 7, 2013 at 6:08 am

My two youngest nephews would enjoy this beautiful book.


4 Angela E. February 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

My nephew would like this.


5 amyc February 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

Both my son and daughter.


6 Idaho Jill February 7, 2013 at 11:57 am

My daughter would love this book!


7 Liz February 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Sounds perfect for my venturesome greatnephew.


8 Patricia Wojnar Crowley February 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm

My nephew is five…he would enjoy this!


9 kathy stevenson February 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

My daughters would love this book!


10 Stephanie February 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I think my 5yr old son would really enjoy learning how to read this book :)


11 Jane Mason February 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

It looks like a darling book and a positive influence on everyone. Jane Mason


12 Cassandra Eastman February 7, 2013 at 8:48 pm

My 3 year old, we love reading books together!


13 Suzie Williams February 8, 2013 at 1:01 am

My 4 year old would.


14 Krystal February 8, 2013 at 2:48 am

My 5 year old daughter and almost 3 year old son would love this book. :)
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15 Garrett February 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

Cute book, would read to my nephew.


16 Staci A February 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm

My 18 more old would love reading it with me.


17 HappyMomC February 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

My daughters would love this book


18 Tiffany O. February 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

My neice would love this book!


19 MaryBeth I February 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm

my nephew would enjoy this book :)
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20 Jan February 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

My great niece would enjoy being read this book :)


21 DebbieKL February 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm

My son and I!


22 Wehaf February 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

My nieces would love it.


23 Lori D. February 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

A friend of mine’s child would like this book.


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25 April February 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm

My 4 year old Gracie would love this book. I think my 3 year old niece would love it too!


26 Rose February 13, 2013 at 12:15 am

My little nephew would enjoy this book.


27 BusyWorkingMama February 13, 2013 at 9:16 am

My daughter would like this one.
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28 Don February 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

I know are son would like this book read to him.


29 Jessica T February 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

My nephew would love it!


30 Daniel M February 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm

bet my nephew would like!


31 Chuck February 14, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I’m sure our grandson would like to hear this book.


32 Van February 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I know our nephew would like to hear this story book.


33 Mozi Esmes Mom February 17, 2013 at 1:51 am

My 5yo daughter.
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34 nikki krutz February 17, 2013 at 11:50 pm

my 2 yr old son and 4 year old daughter :)


35 Lucy Nguyen February 18, 2013 at 1:39 am

My 6-year-old daughter


36 June February 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

My grandson, I could read it to him.


37 Beth C February 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

My grandson would enjoy this.


38 LT February 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I think my son would enjoy this most!


39 Missy February 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm

My son would like this book


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41 karen mayernick February 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm

My son, he is 7 years old.


42 Renee G February 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm

My son would love this book.


43 Shannon Baas February 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

my nephew would love this.


44 Sand February 19, 2013 at 11:23 pm

My niece would love this!


45 Tamar February 19, 2013 at 11:55 pm

both of my kids


46 Thomas Gibson February 20, 2013 at 12:59 am

My niece would really like this book.


47 susan smoaks February 20, 2013 at 9:13 am

our daughter would really enjoy this


48 Dayna February 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

My 3 daughters would love it!


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My grandson!
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50 tina reynolds February 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

my oldest son
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51 Sheree February 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm

My great niece would!!!


52 Allison February 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Great prize for a 5 yr old


53 Kalsey Harrison February 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm

My daughter would :D


54 Ciara B. February 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm

my son would love this book


55 lisa lo February 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm

My niece :o)


56 Lisa February 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm

My niece would like it


57 danielle lima February 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm

my two neices


58 Wayne Dougherty February 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

My son would enjoy it.


59 Jennifer J February 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm

My little girl would love this!


60 Breanne February 20, 2013 at 10:29 pm

My niece would.


61 Darlene Ysaguirre February 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Both of my girls would =)


62 Laurie Emerson February 20, 2013 at 11:20 pm

My son and daughter would both love this book.


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