Tiffany Papageorge


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Minoan Moon Publishing
October 2014
Written by Tiffany Papageorge
Illustrated by Erwin Madrid
ISBN: 978-0-9903370-0-3
Hardcover, 48 pages
Ages 4-9
Also available in ebook



Tiffany Papageorge (San Jose, CA)

Author of My Yellow Balloon


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  • National authority on children’s grief and loss
  • Speaker at Annual Symposium for the National Alliance for Grieving Children
  • 25-year theater career included work with CBS and Disney, and taught her how stories deeply touch and affect the human spirit
  • Works with parents, teachers, and mental health professionals to reach and engage children, including those dealing with the issue of loss
  • My Yellow Balloon is comforting guide for children navigating all kinds of loss, from a family member or friend, to a divorce or to moving to a new town
  • Recipient of a 2014 Mom’s Choice Gold Award and a 2014 PPN Book Show Merit Award


  • How are we preparing children today for loss and sadness?
  • How to talk to a child about loss, big and small
  • The importance of working with children before loss occurs, so they can process and cope better in the moment
  • Four unexpected ways loss can impact a child in a positive way, and why it is a hidden gift
  • How to help children connect with difficult feelings surrounding loss, and leading them toward healing


When children experience loss, our instinct is to protect them from pain, so we don’t discuss it or prepare them. But pain and confusion aren’t going away—they’re part of life. In fact, one of the best ways we can help kids through grief and change is to encourage them to express their emotions.

Tiffany Papageorge’s award-winning book My Yellow Balloon™ is a poignant tale of love, loss and letting go, and will serve as a powerful tool for parents, teachers, librarians, and healing professionals.

My Yellow Balloon™ is centered on a boy named Joey and his best friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips of Joey’s wrist and flies far, far away.

“When our children are encouraged to experience loss and understand change in a real way, there is a hidden gift in the process,” Papageorge says. “The story is about healing and the transformation within us all that takes place when we bravely, courageously live through our experience of loss.” Illustrations by Erwin Madrid, a former DreamWorks Animation artist who worked on the Shrek franchise, perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader.


“Amazing presentation and beautiful book!”—Annual Symposium, National Alliance for Grieving Children

“I never thought how powerful storytelling could be, especially in grief support!” —Annual Symposium, National Alliance for Grieving Children

“I absolutely love the book and plan to get a few more copies myself. It brings tears to my eyes each time I read it. Meeting you was a blessing to me and I will never forget your kindness. I could feel that you really cared. Not many people can do this. You are a remarkable woman!” –Compassionate Friends conference in Chicago

“The staff at Calm Waters Center for Children and Families have fallen in love with the book My Yellow Balloon. We believe that this book will be a great tool for children in our School-Based Program that are learning to cope with significant losses such as death, divorce, foster care, deployment, incarceration, and deportation. It is the perfect new addition for our grief and loss curriculum.” —Calm Waters Center for Children and Families

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