The Mystery of the Hot Air Balloon created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
One day, a hot air balloon lands in the front yard of the Aldens’ house. This might be normal fare for the Aldens, but for the rest of us, it would be pretty momentous. As it turns out, the people in the hot air balloon know the Alden children’s grandfather and they invite the Aldens, and their grandfather, to a hot air balloon race in a nearby town. The couple in the hot air balloon is opening up a hot air balloon business in a nearby small town.
The Aldens do go to the small town, but as it turns out some people aren’t very happy with the hot air balloons. Ads don’t get published and people generally are against the idea of any new businesses drawing large crowds to the small town.
Whoever it is even goes as far as to take a hot air balloon and pilot it without anyone around, trying to prove that hot air balloons just might be too dangerous for a small town. Of course the Aldens figure it out, they always do.
What I liked
I don’t know a whole lot about hot air balloons, which is kind of sad seeing as the town nearest the one I grew up in is host to some sort of hot air balloon race every year. It’s a pretty big deal. I liked learning a little more about hot air balloons. I’m still not sure if I would go up in one myself, but I’d definitely think about it.
Fun fact– an entire family escaped east Germany in a home-made hot air balloon. Look it up.
What I didn’t like
This book is full of small-town bull crap. It happens in small towns all across the United States. There’s a small town. A business wants to come into that small town, be it an outside business or the business of someone who grew up in the town. People living in the small town oppose said business, for a multitude of reasons. It will change the small town feel, they say. It will bring more people to the small town, they say. It will bring the wrong kind of people to the small town, they say. They’re all stupid excuses. Surely, they realize that not everyone will be going to their overpriced local hardware store forever. I don’t think they do realize that. There are so many people stuck in their ways that have ruined the chance of many small business owners because they don’t want new businesses coming into their small town.
What a load of junk. I get preserving your local businesses, but I don’t get not allowing your small town to have more diversity in small businesses.
I grew up in a small town. I know what this is like. It’s stupid is what it is.
Too bad balloon travel never caught on.
Would you get in a hot air balloon?
What do you think about small towns opposing new businesses?