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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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Primarily illustrations alone, toads take to the skies on flying lily pads. They encounter laundry on the line, and chasing dogs. In the morning, the only evidence is lily pads lying all over town.
  mlbailey77 | Apr 17, 2015 |
I own this book because it is simply brilliant! The color scheme and the fat frogs, are amazing! My 4 year ld asks me to read this book to him all of the time. He comes up with his own version every time we open the book. I gave it 5 stars because, well it just is timeless!!! This book can be used with younger and older students. With my 5th graders I could have them draw their own conclusions to the book ( )
  ramfam5 | Mar 15, 2015 |
Tuesday is another great example of the power of illustration. Wienser has grown to be one of my favorite picture book artists for his ability to tell a story through his artwork. In each of his stories, it seems as though animals take on another type of form and are given some sort of crazy ability and personality. In Tuesday, Wiesner tells the story of what happens on late Tuesday nights when frogs seem to gain special abilities and begin to float around the neighborhood. The humans are left wondering the next morning where all the Lilli pads came from and the readers are left imagining what will happen next Tuesday night around 8 o’clock. Wiesner uses watercolor to cover the whole page with shades of dark blue and green. Wiesner is also able to add so much detail by drawing each frog a little differently, really making them come alive. I think this story is amazing because, once again, animals are given an unexpected special ability which really sparks the imagination of the reader. This book is a great add any classroom because of the artistic value. It could be used to teach children how to use water colors and how to add to the sharpness by outlining in pen to make their creations realty come to life.
  laineyh | Mar 15, 2015 |
This is a great wordless book. THis can be used to help kids use their imagination. This could also be used to let them tell a story or write.
  harleybrenton | Mar 12, 2015 |
Stunning. Playful. Dreamy. Funny. Frogs. It is clear why Tuesday is often included in books about Children's Literature. It is a truly unique and imaginative (and ALMOST wordless) book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. ( )
  EliseMT | Mar 3, 2015 |
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For Tom Sgouros
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Tuesday evening, around eight.
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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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