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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), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Tags:book, picturebook, fiction

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Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991)

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I really enjoyed reading the book, Tuesday by David Wiesner. One thing I liked about the book was its illustrations. The book was wordless and the illustrations were truly beautiful. In fact, the book received the 1991 Caldecott Medal for these illustrations. Because there is no text, the illustrations force readers to use their imagination to understand what is going on, which could be a little difficult at times. The second aspect of the book that I enjoyed was the plot. Since the story had no words, readers were to create their own version of the plot. This can be engaging for readers of all ages. Frogs floating in the air at night is a mysterious and weird idea that is fascinating to younger readers. The ending of the book is also a great asset to the story, when you see pigs floating in the sky the next night. Students and readers can create their own sequel or new ending by using imagination. Overall the big idea of the book is to use your imagination! You don’t always need words. ( )
  ckelly16 | Apr 10, 2014 |
This wordless story is filled with realistic (style) illustrations of surreal and dream subjects that clearly tell an interesting and comprehensive tale. ( )
  LibbyHopfauf | Mar 18, 2014 |
Tuesday by David Wiesner is a very strange book and I did not like it very much. There was no main idea and it is word less. The illustrations are of frogs flying through the nighttime. This book highly focuses on using your imagination to understand the story. The ending was also very unclear to me and leaves the reader thinking mysteriously. Although I did not enjoy this book some children might, and it has one awards for its illustrations. ( )
  mderob1 | Mar 17, 2014 |
This is a wonderful wordless picture book to share with children. It is incredibly humorous and allows children to create their own story. The illustrations are beautifully done using watercolors. They give just enough detail to be able to easily tell a story and to hypothesis about what happened or will happen next.
  jenniferflowers | Mar 16, 2014 |
This book although nearly completely wordless, conveys a powerful story of frogs with levitation powers. Kids of all ages would likely enjoy this book but I think the greatest appeal will be for those between 2 and 10 years old. The youngest because they don't need words to see what is going on and the oldest, because the visual humor never gets old.
  bdemontigny | Mar 15, 2014 |
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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)

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:53:35 -0400)

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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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