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A Ball for Daisy (Caldecott Medal - Winner Title(s)) Hardcover – 17 Jun 2011
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2012 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner
Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2011:
"Raschka's genius lies in capturing the essence of situations that are deeply felt by children."
"a story that is noteworthy for both its artistry and its child appeal." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2011:
"Rarely, perhaps never, has so steep an emotional arc been drawn with such utter, winning simplicity."
About the Author
CHRIS RASCHKA has written and/or illustrated over 30 books for children, including The Purple Balloon, called "deceptively simple and beautifully direct" by Kirkus Reviews. His other books include Good Sports, an ALA Notable Book; the 2006 Caldecott Medal winning title, The Hello, Goodbye Window; the Caldecott Honor Books Yo! Yes?; and Mysterious Thelonius.
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Daisy is a puppy who loves her ball. She loves playing with it and when one day her owner takes her to the park, the ball comes along. A playful romp with another dog turns disastrous when Daisy's ball pops and she is heartbroken. I say heartbroken because this dog is SAD. Raschka's illustrations are sure to touch the heart of any young child who has ever lost his favorite toy. This is all about Daisy, since we only see her owner's face at the very end. It's a feel good ending when Daisy goes back to the park only to meet up with the same dog and her owner. The good news is that they have brought a new ball to play with and Daisy gets to take it home.
This book is sure to elicit lots of smiles and teaches a good lesson about being considerate with other people's toys. Mainly though, it's just a fun little story to share with your child and a good pick for any toddler or preschoolers personal collection. Recommended.
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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!!