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A Ball for Daisy

by Chris Raschka

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In this realistic fiction book, we are shown pictures with no words of a dog who loves her red ball. She would play with it all the time and would sleep next to in on the couch. Unfortunately, one day at the park, her red ball gets popped by another dog. She is so sad, and she sulks home. She has nothing to play with and nothing to sleep next to. The next day they go to the park again, and the dog who popped her ball brought her a new blue one! Daisy is so happy, and in the end, she sleeps next to her new ball.

Review: A Ball For Daisy is a book with no words about a dog and its ball. This dog loves her red ball so much. She even sleeps with it on her lovely couch. But when something happens to the ball at the park, Daisy becomes discouraged. My favorite part of the book is when Daisy is sleeping with the ball because it shows how much she loves it. It also shows how goofy she is as a dog, which reminds me of my own puppy at home. I recommend this book for anyone who likes dogs because it captures the true essence of how goofy they can be. A Ball For Daisy will surely leave you smiling. ( )
  BethWal94 | Apr 11, 2015 |
This is a non-verbal book that goes through the relationship that Daisy has with a red rubber ball. This ball is her favorite toy- her best friend. She loves this ball… but one day, the ball gets destroyed, and Daisy gets very sad. But… without a doubt, her owner buys her a new blue ball, and Daisy has a renewed joy!
  KaylaAnn715 | Mar 17, 2015 |
Personal Response: Beautiful! This story is most endearing, leading the reader to think about comfort, caring, and friendship.

Curricular Connections: I would use this book (among others) as an example of writing without words. Using lots of wordless books as samples, children can enjoy writing thier own wordless books, and gain an understanding of just how important illustrations are in their picture books.
  LeslieRivver | Mar 14, 2015 |
This is a hard book to pick a genre because there are no words in this book. I would say that this is a realistic fiction book because since there are no words, the dog never talks so the events could happen in real life. This book is about a dog names Daisy who has a favorite red ball that she loses and takes with her everywhere. One day, another dog takes her ball while she is at he park and she is sad and refuses to play with anything else. She then comes across a new dog who has a blue ball and the new dog becomes her friend and the share the blue ball. ( )
  kfrost32 | Mar 3, 2015 |
A story with no text, only illustrations, but quite a story to tell. This selection provides the perfect springboard for writing prompts with young students. ( )
  kdjones9 | Feb 26, 2015 |
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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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