International Rights

The Balloon Tree

  • ISBN 9780439961875, Paperback
  • 32 Pages | Ages 5 to 8
Balloons! They are the favourite playthings of Princess Leora. When her father, the king, goes to a neighbouring kingdom to participate in a tournament, he tells Leora to signal him with balloons if anything goes wrong. But the archduke, planning to take over the kingdom, promptly locks the princess in her room and orders all the balloons in the kingdom to be popped.

With the help of a wizard and a boy with the only balloon left in the kingdom, Leora is able to plant a balloon tree that blossoms into thousands of balloons. But will it be in time to save the kingdom?

Rights Sold

English (Korea) – JY Books, English (US) – Sky Pony Press Press, French (N. Amer.) – Éditions Scholastic, Hebrew – Ma’ariv, Turkish – Arkadas

Selling Points

• Phoebe Gilman is one of Canada’s best-selling creators of picture books. • The story, coupled with rich illustrations, has continual appeal.


  • Commended, Today’s Parent, 100 BEST Canadian kids’ books of all time, 2015
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2006