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A Ball for Daisy

by Chris Raschka

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Daisy loves her bright red ball! She goes everywhere and does everything with her scarlet companion. Then one day, her ball is popped, and Daisy is deeply saddened. How will she recover from the loss of her friend?

Chris Raschka delivers a wonderful story about love and loss through pictures in this wordless tale. His portrayal of the grieving process is captured as Daisy mourns the loss of her pal. ( )
  lbblackwell | Jul 5, 2014 |
A Ball for Daisy is a story about a dog who loves her red ball and always has it with her, even to sleep, and one day her owner takes her to play with another dog. While out with this other dog he starts playing with her ball and she doesn't like it too much because that's her ball. While the dog was playing with Daisy's ball he accidentally pops it and Daisy is devastated. Afterward, her owner comforts her and when they are out one day they see the dog with a blue ball and he then gives Daisy that ball.

I absolutely loved this book, it was my first time reading it after seeing a classmate talk about it. The main character is Daisy, the setting is mainly outside. This book had a few different tones happy, sad, happy again. This book had great, bright illustrations using watercolor and ink. I was shocked at how strong of a book this was even though it was a wordless picture book (few words.) The lesson being taught in this book is to teach children to share and if you do break something that was somebody else's you should replace it for them since you are the one that broke it. Adults could relate to this book because we know what it is like to lose something that we love.

Two classroom extension ideas are: to read the story to kids then possibly have them write how it made them feel (or draw how it made them feel.) Also, have some kids color blue balls and some color red balls and have them share them with each other.
  bm091113 | Jul 2, 2014 |
i really liked this book. It's about a dog that loses its ball. It seems simple and easy, but the underlying meaning of loss in the book is really touching. A child will appreciate the story being about a cute puppy. An older reader can appreciate the story about loss and coping with pain. I will add this to my classroom collection. ( )
  Kbernard | Jun 29, 2014 |
Summary: This book is a wordless picture book about a dog named Daisy and her red ball. Daisy eventually destroys the ball and becomes sad. Then a friend gives Daisy another ball which makes her happy again.

Personal Reaction: This is a cute wordless picture book. Even though there are no words you can still understand the feelings of the dog, Daisy.

Extension Ideas: 1. Have children write down some emotions that Daisy is feeling. 2. Discuss different emotions and also discuss not giving up.
  dianehan | Jun 28, 2014 |
This wordless picture book follows a Daisy's love for her ball. When the ball is accidentally destroyed, Daisy is bereft. A good friend finds a way to make things right. Great for interactive read alouds with students, especially using feelings vocabulary. ( )
  kradish | Jun 27, 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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