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A Ball for Daisy (Caldecott Medal - Winner Title(s)) Hardcover – 17 Jun 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (17 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037585861X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375858611
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 1 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,011,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2011:
"Raschka's genius lies in capturing the essence of situations that are deeply felt by children."

Starred Review, Horn Book, September/October 2011:
"a story that is noteworthy for both its artistry and its child appeal."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2011:
"Raschka's genius lies in capturing the essence of situations that are deeply felt by children."

Starred Review, Horn Book, September/October 2011:
"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."

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."

Starred Review, Horn Book, September/October 2011:
"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."

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."
Starred Review, Horn Book, September/October 2011:
"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. "

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.-
Starred Review, Horn Book, September/October 2011:
-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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I am usually not one to appreciate wordless books. I need to have some text in order to enjoy a picture book and to help kids enjoy it too. This book is an exception. Raschka is a brilliant picture book illustrator. He works magic with his squiggly bold lines and his thick strokes of the brush. The depth of emotion he can portray and his expressive charm and humor are on full display in this short little story.

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wordless story with a big, big heart 14 Nov. 2013
By Prudence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is my two and a half year old granddaughter's favorite and most important book, the one she has been going to every day for the last month. I don't understand why people complain because this story is wordless. Who needs words on the page to describe what Daisy is experiencing when her feelings of contentment, sadness and joy are so sublimely expressed by Chris Raschka's gorgeously understated watercolors? When my granddaughter and I first looked at this book, I was the one to describe what we saw on the page ("Look how sad Daisy is, there is a cloud hanging over her, her tail isn't wagging anymore, poor Daisy, her broken ball just can't get fixed," etc. etc.). Now my granddaughter is the one who talks about what Daisy is experiencing and feeling, first with an expression of great concern on her face and then with a sigh of relief as Daisy receives a replacement ball and her happiness is restored. I love love love this heart-warming story about a dog and her ball and genuinely believe it is helping at least one little girl develop her first feelings of empathy for another creature. HIGHLY recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for young children 28 Mar. 2013
By Ms Suzy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a 'wordless' book, and as such, is perfect for young children. This type of book allows you to guide your child in developing the story, a benefit when speech and language are emerging. The pictures are vibrant and stimulate the young listener to help tell the story. 'Wordless' books have many benefits. They allow the reader to personalize the story, substituting names and places that may already be familiar to the child. They also allow the reader to tailor the telling to the child's current comprehension level...you can simplify the story, merely identifying pictures, or expand it into a more complex level, identifying emotions and intentions. Most joyful of all, though, is when the child is able to retell the story to the reader. Because there is no text, there are no 'wrong' interpretations...the beauty of spontaneous emerging language can really shine through!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Wordless Picture Book for Young Readers 13 Feb. 2012
By Beverly L. Archer - Published on Amazon.com
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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!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Tells a touching story without words 27 Mar. 2015
By Countryside - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The story is adorable. Some of the pictures and the layout were a little confusing so I docked it a star. The story is told with the pictures. The dog's expression changes with how it feels. Words are not needed when you have a story presented through good artwork. It teaches the lesson of replacing something that you've broken of someone else. (A dog loves his red ball. He goes for a walk. Another dog plays with and pops the ball. The dog is sad, goes home. Next day they meet up with the same brown dog who has brought a blue ball for the dog. A great Awwww ending.)
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Ten 26 Nov. 2011
By Sunglow28 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Rarely do I read a book that touches me so deeply. Certainly part of my enthusiasm for the text has to do with my own ball-loving pup, but the layers of emotion that the illustrator creates are incredible. The simple story - dog loses and ultimately reclaims a beloved toy - is altered into a deeper text about how profound loss can be, even if the loss seems small to those around you. The book is wordless, but truthfully, I think words would be superfluous to the book as a whole. I see this as a definite Caldecott option this year.
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