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A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
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A Ball for Daisy

by Chris Raschka

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With bright, expressive illustrations in ink and watercolor, author-illustrator Raschka wordlessly shares the story of a young dog named Daisy and her beloved red ball. Across multi-paneled layout and full-bleed color images, Daisy chases, chews, and cuddles with her ball until another dog at the park inadvertently destroys the toy. Depressed, Daisy finds comfort from her owner, a young girl, and eventually forgives the offender. This original story conveys strong emotions through bold, simple illustrations. Children will identify with Daisy's joy, dismay, and ultimate triumph, and this book may be more suited to independent reading and discussion than for a large read-aloud group. Fans of Daisy will enjoy Raschka's other title featuring the lively pup. ( )
  aeisen9 | Mar 16, 2014 |
Daisy has a relatable story. Her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. She is heartbroken. The stregth of the story comes from the illustrations. The reader can identify Daisy's emotions based on the illustrations. Raschka does an amazing job of showing rather than telling the reader about Daisy and her ball. Children will connect with this story because of the book's ability to convey emotions children feel about their belongings.
  Tvickrey | Mar 15, 2014 |
Summary: A wordless picture book about a dog and her red ball. The pictures clearly depict the emotion of Daisy who gets a new red ball and her fondness for the red ball. Then on a trip to the park to play catch with her ball another dog comes along and pops the red ball. Daisy is devastated and depressed over the loss of her ball. One day on a return trip to the park Daisy is surprised with a new blue ball given to her by the dog that popped her red ball.

Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this story even with no words. The pictures were clear and expressive. The author makes very accurate depictions of the emotion the dog is expressing and makes it very easy to understand what is taking place. It is a happy day when Daisy gets another ball. ( )
  msmarymac | Mar 7, 2014 |
I've used this book for retell.
  keith7 | Feb 25, 2014 |
I heard Chris give his Caldecott acceptance speech at ALA 2012 for this book, but had yet to actually look at it. This wordless picture book is shows the excitement and sadness of Daisy as she plays and loses her ball. An enjoyable read for families, and the pictures would encourage children to spend time studying them closely.
  Emily.Small | Feb 22, 2014 |
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Daisy has a red ball that she loves.  One day while playing in the park with a friend, the red ball accidentally popped.  Daisy is very sad.  On her next visit to the park, Daisy is greeted by her friend who has a replacement ball, and this one is blue.  Once again, Daisy is happy.  A wonderful wordless picture book that high lights the simple pleasure of playing with a red ball and how the disappointment of loss is part of everyday life.  Students can be encouraged by Daisy’s friend, who apologized for popping the red ball by replacing it with a blue one.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037585861X, Hardcover)

Winner of the 2012 Randolph Caldecott Medal

This New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Best Illustrated Book relates 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:36:36 -0400)

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A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.

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