We have been exploring our collections archive for objects that tell us about the ways in which everyday life was affected by the Second World War to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. This book, entitled Blossom the Brave Balloon (1941), is one of many similar books featuring cheerful cartoons, published to explain to young children the strange new things they might see around Britain during wartime. Barrage balloons were stationed over cities and factory towns to interfere with enemy air action. They were large and noisy and could be quite frightening to young children. This book turns one of the balloons into a sweet girl named Blossom, who eats porridge and plays music with her friends, and becomes a hero by catching a "horrid man" in his "big, black aeroplane!"