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Tuesday by David Wiesner

Tuesday (original 1991; edition 1997)

by David Wiesner

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Authors:David Wiesner
Info:Sandpiper (1997), Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:wordless book, picture book, young child, imagination, magic, animals

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Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991)


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This nearly wordless picture book is beautifully illustrated and let's the reader's imagination soar. Winner of a Caldecott medal, the story is one of flying frogs and their adventures one Tuesday night. They fly past a turtle and birds, through houses and by open windows. They get chased by a dog and chase him back. They have a grand time until sunrise when they go back to their boring lily pads in the pond. The reader sees the police investigating the strange occurrence of lily pads in the road and even witness accounts. Kids and adults will be delighted to see that the next Tuesday, another animal takes to the sky! ( )
  bfsnook | Jul 27, 2016 |
This story relies heavily on the illustration as the narration throughout its pages. It's Tuesday evening at a certain time and all of the frogs come out to play. The frogs then go on various adventures through the artwork of the story's pages and conclude the following Tuesday with pigs taking over where the frogs left off.

The artwork in this book is captivating and evokes multiple emotional responses. I read through it three different times and could easily picture new meanings for each page illustrated each time.

This is a wonderful book to energize a classroom's imagination. A great activity would be for children to make up the text that should accompany the pictures and each student could then present their story. Another great activity would be to give children frog cut outs and have them decide what activities their frogs would be doing on their Thursday night out. ( )
  erinowens217 | Jul 6, 2016 |
This book has beautiful illustrations. In the beginning, frogs float on lily pads as if they are magic carpets. They float over the town and down the streets while it is still dark. There are so many of them. Some even pass by windows. A man eating sandwich stops when he notices them. His eyes go wide.

I really liked the illustration where they run into a clothes line. The frogs' facial expressions and gestures are very comical. One of them floats through a pant leg. Another does pull-ups on the wire and loses his lily pad.

The frogs decide to explore inside the homes and float down the chimneys and through open windows. Many of them wander into a living room. A frog turns on the TV with his tongue. They all have different reactions to what is on the TV.

One of the frogs is still outside and a dog spots him. He pulls up his lily pad to come to a halt before turning around and speeding away. Many frogs join and the dog doesn't attack; he just runs alongside them.

The frogs return home at day break. Many of their lily pads were left behind on the street and everyone wonders what happened. On the next Tuesday, pigs fly.

I thought the book was okay the first time around, but I did not pay as much attention to the illustrations as I did the second time around. The second read was much more enjoyable and everything really came to life before my eyes.
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  ZetherBooks | Jun 15, 2016 |
At 8pm on Tuesday, all of the lily pads raise from the ponds with bullfrogs atop. They float all around the town and into people's houses. Suddenly they drop, and in the morning townspeople are confused at all of the lily pads scattered all over town, as if they rained from the sky. The journey they take us on during the night is fun, and the book ends with pigs flying. This not only makes us wonder what goes on at night while we are asleep, but also what is going to happen with the pigs!
  carrier3 | Apr 25, 2016 |
This picture book tells the story of time through a magical group of frogs. At eight o’clock the frogs begin to soar around the town on their lily pads. Around eleven, they become super frogs and take a break to watch television. Four o’clock in the morning they chase a dog. Finally, the frogs make it back home and are safe and sound. However, the frogs forgot one major thing. They left the evidence of lily pads all over town. The author leaves a nice little twist in the ending. No longer do the frogs fly, but pigs do! The illustrations tell the story in this book, and they are beautifully done. The pictures leave subtle hints which foreshadow the events to come. This is a great book to teach elapsed time in the classroom. ( )
  JanaeCamardelle | Apr 20, 2016 |
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This nearly wordless story is told through detailed, colorful, and imaginative illustrations. It is the story of the flight of frogs from the swamp through the town on their lilly pads during the night. Sometimes the illustrations take up two full pages, and sometimes they're cut into frames. For example, the first page has three frames of roughly the same picture. However, as you examine them, you see that, from top to bottom, each picture brings you closer to the main object: the turtle standing on a log. Most of the illustrations are done in cool colors to give the feeling of night. This feeling is sharply contrasted by the scene in the kitchen which is very white and bright, giving the impression of being very well-lit. The illustrations are truly all that was needed to tell the story. I think that words would have been a distraction. The flying frogs have no reason to talk, and no human actually sees them. However, as I was "reading" the story, I could hear chirruping crickets and buzzing mosquitoes in the first page as the turtle waits for what he is about to see, and I could hear Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" throughout the frogs' flight.
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"Tuesday evening, around eight"--a deceptively mundane beginning for what proves to be a thrilling, miraculous, and surreal amphibian journey. Slowly and quietly on this particular Tuesday, a few fat frogs begin hovering over a swamp, riding lily pads like magic carpets. Clearly satisfied and comfortable, the floating frogs are as serene as little green buddhas. Gradually, the flying fleet grows in momentum and number, sailing over the countryside and into an unsuspecting town. These frogs know how to have fun--startling the occasional bird, waving webbed feet at late-night snack-eaters, and even changing the channels on a sleeping granny's television. As day breaks, the frogs lose their lily pads, head back to the pond, and wait impatiently for their next scheduled departure.

Tuesday won the 1992 Caldecott Medal and, among other honors, was named as an ALA Notable Children's Book. The critical acclaim will come as no surprise to anyone who opens the pages of this beautiful and humorous book. With hardly any words (except those noting the time), David Wiesner creates a wondrous romp as silent as the middle of the night. Using the rich purples, blues, and greens of late evening, Wiesner draws readers into the warm, incandescent world of frog flight. "Read" this wordless wonder to children and savor it for yourself as well. Chances are, you and the youngsters will both find yourselves poised at the window, hoping to catch a few airborne frogs in the act. (Ages 4 and older)

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Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.

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