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2012 Caldecott Winner: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

13 Feb
A Ball for Daisy

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Summary from Goodreads:

Here’s a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it.  Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy’s anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bringHere’s a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it.  Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy’s anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring.  Raschka’s signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers and teachers and parents who have children dealing with the loss of something special.
A Ball for Daisy is the winner of the 2012 Caldecott award.
What I liked about this book:  I loved it all. After being disappointed in the 2011 Caldecott winner I wasn’t holding out too much hope for this year.  I am pleased to say I was very pleasantly surprised.  Raschka’s illustrations are outstanding.  Children will easily be engaged with the brilliant water color scenes.  Even though it is a wordless picture book (a genre I truly love), the story is expertly told in the illustrations.  This is a great book to used with  a lesson on sharing, friendship, disappointment and even sentence writing/story telling.  Do you have a student that needs some practice creating ideas/sentences?  Sit them down with this beautiful book and have them tell the story.
What I didn’t like about the book: I loved it all.  I’ve already ordered it for the Endeavour library and it is high on my personal wish list.
Recommended for Pre-school and up.
AR Book Level:  No AR level

Mrs. Archer’s rating: 5 of 5!!

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