A Ball for Daisy is SOOOO cute! The story is VERY simple -- it's about a spunky little puppy named Daisy who loves her favorite toy and is crushed with it is destroyed by a bigger dog.
This is a scenario every child can relate to, and it's really quite impressive that Raschka is able to communicate such strong emotions--the joy and sadness of a beloved toy--without the benefit of any words. The illustrations are just that magical!
We first fell in love with Raschka's swirling illustration style in The Hello, Goodbye Window, and this simple picture book is every bit as magical! Kirkus Reviews was dead on in their starred review when they said, "Rarely, perhaps never, has so steep an emotional arc been drawn with such utter, winning simplicity."
And anyone familiar with Raschka will surely agree with School Library Journal, who said of this book: "Raschka’s genius lies in capturing the essence of situations that are deeply felt by children."
Please don't skip over this book just because it is wordless. A Ball for Daisy joins the growing number of brilliant recently published wordless children's books that powerfully demonstrate the power of pictures alone to tell a story. It's not just for very little kids. The story is touching to all ages. We are totally wordless book converts!
This book won the Caldecott Medal (for the best children's picture book!) in 2012.
Interest Level: Pres-Gr. 1 Difficulty Level: age 3+ (it's a wordless book!)
Below are two sample spreads from inside this book:
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We love when author's help us out by creating teachers guides for using their books in the classroom. And, of course, Chris Raschka did just that, creating a guide that's actually applicable to a number of his books.
In his guide, Chris outlines how to use this book to teach
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We LOVE Chris Raschka's books. His illustrations always have a kid-made look, but be darned if we could every accomplish such brilliance! So see more of his book, click the images below or here: books by Chris Raschka.
Or...check out our list of all the books that have won the Caldecott Award.