From the book:
A word to parents and teachers:
Jesus started us all thinking about Christian missions. He said, "Go ye..." to our home town, the lands around, and the lands across the sea. The Christian missionary movement is as old as the visit of the Baby Jesus to the manger, an ambassador of love from a faraway place. This book seeks to build early thoughts about missions in the mind of your child. It helps him to think of others who need to know about Jesus--and what they need to know. It talks to children around the world, and those in our backyard. And it shows how the Gospel of Christ is delightfully at home in jungles, frozen lands of the Eskimos, the islands of the sea, or anywhere. Around the World with my Red Balloon combines many important truths about Jesus Christ with this missionary emphasis and brings it all to your child in a story about a big red balloon. Balloons of this size are used today for weather research and may even be purchased by private citizens who want to dram of going Around the World in their REd Balloons.