Pip and Posy - The Big Balloon

Written by Axel Scheffler

For ages 0 to 5

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This book is best for:
  • narrative retell
  • sequencing
  • speech sounds - /b/
  • speech sounds - /p/


Pip has a brand new balloon, and he decides to show it off by taking a walk around town. Things take a turn for the worst when he lets go of the balloon by accident. It flies into a nearby tree and pops! Pip is devastated, but luckily his best friend Posy knows just how to cheer him up.

This book is part of the Pip and Posy series by Axel Scheffler. The series explores everyday situations in the lives of toddlers and preschoolers. Children will relate to the cute and appealing characters while also learning some problem solving skills. The Big Red Balloon can be used to explore the feelings of sadness we experience when we lose something we once enjoyed and the joy of finding fun new activities instead. The story is very easy to understand as the text is written in short sentences using basic vocabulary. It is the perfect choice for practicing narrative retelling due to the story’s simple narrative structure containing a clear initiating event, problem, character response/feeling, plan and resolution.

For further speech and language targets in Pip and Posy - The Big Balloon, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Descriptive Sequence ; Complete Episode

Story Plot: Losing Tale

  • animals
  • friendship
  • places - park
  • toys

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /b/ - balloon, big, bang, bubbles
  • /p/ - Pip, Posy, popped
  • conjunctions (but, then)
  • regular past tense (popped, floated, cried)
  • matching
  • labelling
  • describing
  • descriptive (big, round, red)
  • friendship
  • problem solving
  • initiating event
  • problem
  • plans
  • feelings
  • resolution
  • repetition for emphasis
Book Info

Published by Nosy Crow Ltd in 2014 (ISBN: 9780857631442)

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