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The Twenty-One Balloons ~ Review

The Twenty-One Balloons is fantasy-adventure story to be enjoyed by young and old alike.
The Twenty-One Balloons ~ Review

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois is a Newbery winner that frequently finds itself on a variety of homeschool reading lists. It makes a perfect fun read-aloud for summer!

The Twenty-One Balloons is a well-written, humorous yarn about Professor Sherman’s balloon ride that lands him in an “undisclosed location” and an explosive situation! Lots of technical details to pore over for the more science-minded, and an imaginative read for the more literary-minded.

Originally published in 1947, this fantasy-adventure story will be enjoyed by young and old alike. And it makes a great summer read-aloud!

Additional Resources

Recommend you just enjoy the book for summer, but if you are looking for something a bit more formal….

Lesson Plan: Fun With Balloons
Free plan based on the book.

Lighter than Air: Building a Hot Air Balloon
From the National Air and Space Museum.

Twenty-One Balloons
Discussion questions and book projects from

Volcanoes: A Unit Study