21 BALLOONS by William Pene du Bois NEWBERY MEDAL





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Uploaded on Jul 1, 2011

Professor William Waterman Sherman, please tell us your story!
No, No, No! I'm saving it for the Western American Explorer's Club!

I wanted to fly around the world in a balloon!

What did you see? That doesn't sound so easy!!

The first few days were fine, I had no trouble flying
til a Seagull came and popped my balloon!!

I landed on the isle of Krakatoa
A Dreadful place that no one wants to be!
And when I woke there was a man before me,
And he told me of the island's mystery!

I am Mr. F, we dress very well on Krakatoa
Twas many years ago
that twenty families showed
up to call this island home!

There's a diamond mine that we all share
It keeps our houses nice
Each familiies' named A to T
We live a fancy life!
Professor William Waterman Sherman, we're glad that you survived
But where did everybody go?

They all jumped off around the world
and next year I'm going to do it again!

Music and Lyrics by Dan Sherer
Produced by Elephant and Worm Educational Theatre Company
Based in Chicago, Illinois

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