Children and New Mexico

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Pop Flop's Great Balloon Ride

Nancy Abruzzo
Illustrated by Noël Chilton

Pop Flop's great balloon adventure begins on a chilly October morning during Balloon Fiesta. Get up! It's time to see the balloons! Soon there's fire in the sky like dragon's breath as the first hot-air balloons take to the skies: it's the Dawn Patrol! Suitable for ages 4–8.


Author Nancy Abruzzo is a Santa Fe native and a balloon pilot. She is active with the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

Noël Chilton is an Albuquerque native who illustrates and translates children's books.


"Written by Nancy Abruzzo of the famous ballooning family and a pilot herself, this book introduces young readers to the wonders of this particular kind of flight. The vividly colorful illustrations depict many of the famous balloon shapes and the glorious sight of a New Mexico sky filled with hot-air balloons."


Santa Fe New Mexican

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

9 x 11 in. 32 pages 21 color illustrations