“A Ball for Daisy" by Chris Raschka
Awards: 2012 Caldecott Medal
Age Group: 4 and up
Grade Level: Pre-K and up
Genre: Wordless picture book
Themes: Joy, Loss, Generosity
Summary: Daisy the dog loves playing with her red ball! But one day, her ball pops and Daisy doesn’t have anything to play with anymore! The next day, another dog generously lets Daisy have his ball and Daisy is happy again! Through colorful impressionistic illustrations, the author tells the story of Daisy without words.
Use in a classroom: This book is great for any age group. I think a fun activity related to this book would be having the students interpret the dog’s feelings based on the use of the colors in the picture. Asking students how they think Daisy is feeling is a great way to see how well they use context clues without the help of written words.
Personal Response: Although I really love the colorful impressionistic paintings used in this book, I think it could be difficult for some students to follow. Some children need very concrete looking pictures to understand what is happening and I think the abstractness of some of the illustrations may not be suitable for some children. If this was being used with younger students the teacher would need to point out what is happening. However, the story is simple and cute, perfect for a wordless picture book!
Raschka, Christopher. A Ball for Daisy. New York: Schwartz & Wade, 2011. Print.