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Maggie's Ball

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This is Maggie's ball.

Now all Maggie needs is a friend to play with.

Will you help her find one?

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Overview

This is Maggie's ball.

Now all Maggie needs is a friend to play with.

Will you help her find one?

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“Small readers will delight in hunting with [Maggie].”
Kirkus Reviews
When a strong wind sends Maggie's ball bouncing away, the floppy-eared pup sets out on a mission. Through the town she traipses to find her beloved yellow ball. Decoys, including a lemon, a pocket watch and a balloon send her scurrying from market to clock shop and, finally, to the park, where the disheartened dog sits unknowingly near her toy. But the journey isn't without purpose, as a young girl finds the ball, and, what's more, a friend in Maggie. George effectively communicates Maggie's physical and emotional journey through multiple perspectives. Close-ups tell of Maggie's curiosity, dejection and joy, while aerial-like views create a visual roadmap of the town. The artwork's flatness hints at pre-Renaissance perspective, but the textures and bright palette-done in a water-based medium-conjure Mexican muralism. A consistent, directional progression of the story, large, easy-to-read type, the challenge of finding the characters and naming the objects and places, and the gentle, sweet ending make Maggie's adventure a perfect title for young readers, who will want their own pup to play with by tale's end. (Picture book. 2-5)
Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
An engaging brown puppy with a bright yellow ball on the ground in front of her paws looks afar. She is searching to find someone to play ball with her. Suddenly, a mighty wind sends her ball bounding down the hill. George's colorful illustrations show the ball rolling away as Maggie looks on in dismay. Similar delightful illustrations show the ball taking a journey of its own into town. Maggie begins a frantic search for the ball, stopping at each of the businesses. Alas, it cannot be found, although the images show other round items at the Market, TickTock Clock Shop, Ed's Pizza, and Campbell's Critters. When she chases a yellow balloon she mistakes for her ball, young readers will be rooting that she will find the real deal. Finally, she sadly realizes that the balloon is not her ball. A young girl finds a yellow ball and asks Maggie if she would like to play with her. Maggie not only finds her ball, she also finds a friend. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This charming, brightly illustrated picture book is a great choice for very young readers and listeners. The easy to follow story of a puppy who loses her ball and has to find it in the town in which she lives will definitely engage the preschool reader. Repetition of words and sentence patterns provides solid cues as to how stories unfold and how certain words work in sentences. The illustrations are vivid and lifelike, with solid attention paid to various facial emotions, especially those of Maggie the puppy as she searches for her lost ball. Bright colors reinforce the positive feel of this book as well as the genuinely friendly interactions among characters. There is a general feeling of goodwill throughout the book that also supports the underlying idea that children can look for help in their community and that neighbors are there as friends. Any young reader will respond positively to this fun text. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS—An eager little dog is looking for someone to play with when her ball bounces down a hill into town. A colorful spread shows the park and four buildings set around it, with many children and adults playing and going about their business. Maggie searches for her ball everywhere, circling the town and looking in all the shop windows. The illustrations are bright and big, as is the minimal text, making the oversize book a winner for preschool storytimes as well as for individual perusings where the ample small details will fascinate children. Eventually, Maggie ends up disconsolately resting near a bench occupied by a girl reading—but wait—is there a yellow ball next to the bench? The little girl asks Maggie to play ball with her, and the pup delightedly complies. The pictures of the dog bursting with joy and happiness when she finds her ball and a friend are priceless.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061721663
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 340,597
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Lindsay Barrett George is widely recognized for her striking illustrations of animals, birds, and fish in their habitats. She is the author-illustrator of Maggie’s Ball; Alfred Digs; The Secret; Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse; In the Garden: Who’s Been Here?; and four other Who’s Been Here? titles.

Lindsay Barrett George lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her dog, two cats, and a very handsome duck.

Lindsay Barrett George is widely recognized for her striking illustrations of animals, birds, and fish in their habitats. She is the author-illustrator of Maggie’s Ball; Alfred Digs; The Secret; Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse; In the Garden: Who’s Been Here?; and four other Who’s Been Here? titles.

Lindsay Barrett George lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her dog, two cats, and a very handsome duck.

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