Meeting An Author At the Red Balloon Bookshop

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The Red Balloon Bookshop was hosting an author this past weekend.  Knowing that I love the Red Balloon  (you can read how much I love it) and personally knowing the author–well, alright, I didn’t know the author so much as her little sister in elementary school–I thought it would be a perfect thing to bring my children to.


Lia Kvatum was in town from Washington, D.C.  She works with National Geographic for Kids and wrote a book called Saving Yasha:  The Incredible True Story of Saving an Adopted Moon Bear.  We learned all about moon bears which are actually Asiatic Black Bears and are the most closely related cousins to the American Black Bear. The reason they are called moon bears is because of the white crescent moon shape on their chests. They also have adorably big ears.  These bears are picture perfect teddy bears. 

I would like to take this time to admit that I thought I had seen Moon Bears when I was in China (at the Great Wall), but I misspoke.  Those must have been Sun Bears.  Moon Bears are are decreasing in population and do not exist near Beijing.  My humblest apologies. 

In the book Lia Kvatum takes you through the 2 year journey it took to save Yasha and 2 other bear cubs after their mama was taken by hunters when they were less than 3 months.

It was a very interactive presentation and thanks to a precocious 4 or 5 year old who asked a lot of probing questions, we were able to learn a lot about these bears (and about the young man asking the questions!).  

Photobucket Also, thanks to Lia’s younger sister–and my friend–we were able to learn some definitions of hard words like conserve.

Seeing Lia’s presentation at the Red Balloon confirmed that this store is very suited for children.  They understand kids and not only provide products for children, they appreciate children.


The store isn’t very big, but they have a small raised “stage” in the back of the store that was perfect to host an event to be able to see the speaker and to hear them without a microphone.  They set up as many chairs as they could to provide seating but encouraged everyone to find a seat somewhere.  They even invited the children up close if they wanted to see.

The Red Balloon is very personable and the staff is very approachable.  They all had a smile on their faces even in the midst of a very busy event and were nothing but kind.

And of course while you are waiting for the show to begin what better thing to do than to read books?  

It was a busy event full of people from my home town, but even if you aren’t having a mini reunion like I was,  the Red Balloon is a fantastic place to host authors.  Even though it is small, the store is cheery, well-lit, and welcoming.  

They are having another event this weekend.  Mary Logue, a local author, will be reading from her book Sleep Like a Tiger on Saturday, January 12 at 10:30.  Go and enjoy a morning with your children.  You won’t regret it.  In fact, you may leave grinning widely because you and your children enjoy yourselves so much!  


About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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