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A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

A Ball for Daisy

by Chris Raschka

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A Ball for Daisy is about a fun loving dog and her beloved red ball. Daisy ventures to the park with her owner to play but unfortunately an overly enthusiastic new friend deflates her ball. Don’t worry though, by the end, all is right in Daisy’s world again.

Personal reaction:
I have almost always had a rescue dog in my life. I find they enrich our lives. I feel this book does a great job of allowing us to see the world from our furry friend’s point of view. The author does a great job of keeping the story lighthearted and fun with an impressionistic illustration style that some may perceive as bordering on the abstract.

Extension ideas:
The children could draw a picture of what will happen the day after the story ends.
We could discuss how Daisy felt, how the dog that popped the ball may have felt. Ask if they have ever felt that way. Additionally, we could discuss what they did to make a friend feel better in a similar situation, or what would they do to help their friend feel better. ( )
  Lena_Krenzke | Jan 26, 2015 |
I really liked this book because it has a topic that every person can relate to. The book is about a dog, Daisy, who has a ball but then a bigger dog destroys the ball. I think this topic is relatable because I think everyone has had something they cherished, and either taken or destroyed. I especially think younger children will love this because they probably have had this happened by their older or younger siblings. The illustrations are beautiful because they are watercolor and there is no text, so any one can follow along. I also like this book because I love animals and the main character is a puppy. I think this book is very cute and simple. Daisy then gets a new ball at the end by the other dog so the message of the book is care and friendship. The other dog got Daisy a new blue ball because he felt bad about destroying Daisy’s red ball. This message shows the reader that the big dog did the right thing and made Daisy happy again. ( )
  Juliekessler1 | Dec 4, 2014 |
Personal Reaction - - Although this book is about a dog obsessed with a ball and it ended up getting popped it reminds me of my son who has a favorite blanket. His brother would take it from him out of spite just to make him mad. One day his blanket came up missing for about a month and he was so sad and depressed. We ended up finding it in a play backpack.

Summary - When the dog took Daisy's ball and popped it Daisy was depressed. I felt sorry for her when reading this story even though she is a dog because I knew how she felt. When the dog that took the ball gave her a new blue shiny ball she was happy again. Everything happens for a reason I think.

Classroom Extension Ideas -
1. Play ball with the kids.
2. Show kids a picture of a dog. ( )
  JennaJ | Sep 30, 2014 |
This picture books shows the cute relationship between a dog and a ball! We all have something that we love and cherish. Cute book with great pictures.
  SRThompson | Sep 8, 2014 |
In this picturebook, Daisy gets a new ball. She adores her new red ball and takes it to the park. On her way, another pet pops her ball. Daisy is so upset at the loss of her ball. The other dog who popped her ball gave her a new one.

Personal Reaction: It was a sweet book (without words) and is a great lesson to children. If you do something to hurt someone, you should try to fix it.

Extension Ideas:
1.) One idea is to have a feelings lesson on hurting someones feelings. I would have a circle time on ways to make someone feel better if they got their feelings hurt by someone.
2.) We would come of with a poster list of ways to treat others and how not to treat others. ( )
  stephanierouse | Sep 7, 2014 |
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Book description
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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