Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Red Balloon


The Red Balloon Bookstore is the premier shop for children's books in St. Paul. The large chains (and I don't think I have to mention any names!) have successfully closed a number of my favorite independent bookstores but so far this wonderful oasis is still well and thriving. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for its continuing success. Come back on Thursday, August 2 and I'll show you the Red Balloon's signature icon which is located at the front entrance of the store!

18 comments:

  1. Merci Kate, je me suis trompe de jour, je viens de corriger et je remettrais le theme du mois, demain.
    J'aime bien cette enseigne, et c'est bien une librairie pour les enfants, on en a une à Evry.

    Thank you Kate, I am horn of day, I have just corrected and I would give the topic of the month, tomorrow. I like this sign, and it is well a bookshop for the children, one has some in Evry.

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  2. This reminds me of the movie, "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks, or was it "Sleepless In Seattle" about two book shop owners and the big chain versus little mom and pop? Anyway, great post - I completely agree with you and hope these special shops continue to coexists with the large ones. As to your question, we do not have poacher problems, and there are very strict laws concerning the distance permissible to approach these protected animals. In fact, during this day the photo was taken, there was a rope and sign to let viewers know where they are allowed to go.

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  3. Stores like this one are what help kids learn to love to read.

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  4. Oh how I understand your love of independent bookshops. They are such wonderful places, and always run by passionate people.

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  5. I so love bookshops and this sign would certainly entice me in. i look after the library at my school part-time so kids books are what I do!!!!

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  6. I like this logo a lot. Very good choice for a children's book store.

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  7. Promise: I'll be back August 2!!

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  8. If it is nice and has what you need then it should survive. Even small grocery stores have weathered competition here and some bookstores have as well. I like the photo and narrative. It reminds me that the greatest collection of things to read, watch and listen to is at my local library.

    Brookville Daily Photo

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  9. I hope too, that bookshops for children could manage and children will continue reading in spite of TV and Internet.
    Good Tuesday to you, Kate!

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  10. Nice composition to your shot & the store's logo is a nice design, too

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  11. Long may the small bookshops remain. And one geared towards children, even better.

    One of the many great things about the Harry Potter phenomena is that it got children, who, otherwise might not have discovered the world of books, into reading.

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  12. Luckily we have had a little resurgence in some small bookstores.
    The movie, by that name, was very charming.

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  13. I agree it is nice to have independent bookstores and I do like this for a bookstore's name.

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  14. Bookshop for children are like water for thirtsy people. I completely agree with you and cross my fingers too.

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  15. Even as a child I always had my nose in a book. As Abraham said if the store is good it should remain. I hope it does for the kids sake. I loved the story and the movie of the red balloon too.

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  16. When we read our minds float away from the common reality, just as this balloon seems to suggest.

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  17. The international book shops are invading everywhere, even in Singapore :-)


    Is this the same bookshop that you photographed a few days ago?

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  18. Whee Red Ballon!

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