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The Moon Balloon Project


Take a journey in a hot air balloon to see the world differently. Open your heart, drop your fears, relax and get in touch with your feelings, this 40 page colorfully illustrated interactive journal with a delightful story line can be used by children, parents, therapists, nurses, teachers and all who want to get in touch with the child within. This wonderful resource has been used to help children of all ages express their emotions and feel better about themselves and the world.

The Moon Balloon® is a way to help children communicate through writing, drawing and symbols. It is a rare combination of beautiful art and therapeutic tool, as useful to the helpers as to those being helped. The Moon Balloon® is an indispensable tool for parents, teachers, health care professionals and all those concerned with bringing emotional healing to children.


The role of art in healing is as old as the healing temples of Aesclepius, and the use of symbols in art goes back to the first cave paintings. Studies have shown that positive imagery has a strong impact on our immune system. Some of this research was done by Carl Jung, whose work has shown the importance of symbols and images to the mind and body.


During your flight you will see soft white clouds passing by you. The wind sings a song in your ears. Soon you will come to a place in the sky where you see tiny bits of color. As you get closer you see it is the Field of Balloons. Each balloon is a feeling you might have. Sometimes we have more than one feeling. All of these feelings are ok. You can choose to visit whichever balloon you like, depending on how you feel. Visit them again and again whenever you like!

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The Moon Balloon®, A Journey of Hope and Discovery for Children and Families
$16.00 plus shipping and handling
Volume discounts available for hospitals & organizations.


How to purchase The Moon Balloon® book:
For small orders delivered in the US, use the book order form
PDF (Adobe Acrobat) or PayPal shopping cart

For quantity discounts (10 or more books) and for orders shipped outside the US, contact Joan Drescher at
phone 781-749-5179

"It has been shown that patients who are in a room with windows facing the sky sense less pain and heal sooner. Joan Drescher’s work provides all of us with windows wherever we are. It creates a healing celestial connection."
~ Bernie Siegel, MD

"The Moon Balloon® offers the young children in my classroom to express feelings and imagination."
~ Avis Goldstein,
~ Kindergarten teacher

"On our first “ART is the heart” visit to the homes of children and families in hospice care, we provide each child in the home with a copy of The Moon Balloon® as our way of saying hello and that “we care about you” in a very special way. Through the universal language of images, Joan Drescher offers us a tool to unlock and help children deal with the wide range of often difficult but always honest feelings that children facing death—their own or that of a loved one—experience. This powerful book reflects Joan’s deep commitment to and respect for children, and the importance of honoring each child’s unique voice and spirit."
~ Judy Rollins, Ph.D., RN

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