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A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

A Ball for Daisy (edition 2011)

by Chris Raschka, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)

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Title:A Ball for Daisy
Authors:Chris Raschka
Other authors:Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
Info:Schwartz & Wade (2011), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Easy K-3rd grade, Raschka, dogs

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A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka



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Summary: A Ball for Daisy is a wordless picture book. It follows Daisy the dog as she chases her red ball. One day, her ball gets taken by another dog, and he pops Daisy's ball. Daisy is sad, but another day, her owner takes her for a walk and the same dog gives Daisy a blue ball.

Personal: I love the bright colors and silliness of this story- it is fun to read and I love that it is wordless so that children can create their own story of Daisy.

-It is a Caldecott Award Winner - 2012
-Watercolor and Chinese ink
-Book Reading and "how it came to be" by Chris Raschka: https://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=7263
-> inspired by a trip to the park with his son, a dog bit his son's ball - decided to use a dog as the main character to have the reader "see themselves"

Application to classroom: A Ball for Daisy would be great for students to create their own interpretation of the story- allowing students to tell the story, as there are no words. We could also discuss the importance of meaning in illustrations- how illustrations can convey meaning through actual art work, color, medium, etc. It would also be great for early readers to practice "reading" this book. It also has a strong theme of friendship, and could be incorporated into a unit on friendship. ( )
  alliecipolla | Jul 10, 2017 |
In this wordless picturebook, Daisy is in love with her red ball. When she goes the the dog park, another dog pops her red ball leaving Daisy sad and disappointed. It wouldn't be a catching picture book without the moral of the story being friendship when Daisy gets a new ball from the dog! ( )
  booklist520 | Jun 3, 2017 |
Poor Daisy loses her best toy and is devastated. A very relatable book for dog lovers! A very sweet turn at the end brings a cheery resolution. A simple story with no words, yet so heartwarming.
  jet6 | May 12, 2017 |
This book is great for the kindergarten first grade level because it has no words and the kids can make a story of their own using the illustrations. This book is about a dog who has red ball and takes it everywhere. The dog loses the ball over the fence and is very sad but then happy because his owner retrieves the ball. Then another dog has the ball and it pops the dogs stays sad for a while until his friends give him a blue ball and he is happy again. ( )
  dsw021 | Apr 29, 2017 |
Summary- This is a story about Daisy the dog who has a red ball. She loves this red ball and the ball pops, but in the end she makes a friend that gives her another ball.

Critique of Genre- Contemporary Realistic Fiction, story of a dog and her ball. What real dogs do not like balls.

Age- K-2

Media-Ink, Watercolor, Gouache. ( )
  DRhodes02 | Apr 19, 2017 |
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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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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:32 -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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