A Ball for Daisy

A Ball for Daisy

by Chris Raschka


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A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Winner of the 2012 Randolph Caldecott Medal

This New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Best Illustrated Book relates a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy's anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring. Raschka's signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers and teachers and parents who have children dealing with the loss of something special.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375858611
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/10/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 85,251
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: NP (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

CHRIS RASCHKA has written and/or illustrated over 30 books for children, including The Purple Balloon, called "deceptively simple and beautifully direct" by Kirkus Reviews. His other books include Good Sports, an ALA Notable Book; the 2006 Caldecott Medal winning title, The Hello, Goodbye Window; the Caldecott Honor Books Yo! Yes?; and Mysterious Thelonius.

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2012 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner

Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2011:
"Raschka’s genius lies in capturing the essence of situations that are deeply felt by children."

Starred Review, Horn Book, September/October 2011:
"a story that is noteworthy for both its artistry and its child appeal."

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2011:
“Rarely, perhaps never, has so steep an emotional arc been drawn with such utter, winning simplicity.”

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A Ball for Daisy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absolutely beautiful story! Chris Raschka touches your heart without needing a single word. I am 23 years old and both my mother and I (who have a dog named Daisy) cried "reading" this book. It's a simple story full of emotion that will capture you from page one!
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
5 of 5 stars A Ball for Daisy (Hardcover) by Chris Raschka This is a wordless picture book. Another book i used in a 1st grade classroom to talk to kids about fiction and nonfiction books. Because the do never talks it makes this a nonfiction book. But it tells a story. It shows children that the rules are always shades of gray. Daisy tells the story of her trip to the park and her loss of her favorite ball, and the giving of a new ball by her dog friend. This is an interesting book to help children understand that story telling does not have to always be with words. the Pictures really draw kids in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful illustrations but no words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have an auto graphed copy he came to my class and talked about how he makes books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though Chris Raschka does not use any words in this story, the illustrations bring the story to life. The colors and expressions in the illustrations bring the book to life. I think the story of Daisy and her ball is very touching for all ages. Everyone has something that they love and would never want to lose and "A Ball For Daisy" really brings those feeling to the surface. "A Ball For Daisy" is a touching book that can be used in classrooms and at home.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
A BALL FOR DAISY, is a hardbound wordless book. From the illustrations the story is that of a dog who loves his ball, loses his ball and gains a new friend. I sat down with my 5 and 3 year old and really wasn't sure what to expect. I can't say I've ever bought a book without words, I sure didn't expect much to be honest with you. Wow was I wrong! Both kids LOVED this book! With each picture they started telling me the story they say on the pages (and yes most of the time telling me at the same time, lol). Not only were they extra animated, but we easily discussed "feelings of losing a toy" and "how do we behave when someone accidentally breaks something of ours." Not only did they both enjoy it, but my three year old has been dragging it around the house so she can "read" it by herself! This would make a fantastic Christmas gift for your pre-readers! Definite recommend!
MeghanM1 More than 1 year ago
I think that this book was an enjoyable book. Its illustrations capture you and take you in to feel every emotion throughout the book. This would be a good book in the classroom to help children understand emotions and also how you can feel the emotions from illustrations in a book. This can also teach children about breaking toys or breaking other peoples toys and how they will feel about it.
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Stephanie_RSR More than 1 year ago
When I purchased A Ball for Daisy, I initially thought it was a book aimed only at young children, I was thinking prekindergarten to kindergarten age kids. I was quickly proven wrong when my 7 year old daughter (2nd grader) was highly intrigued by this wordless book. What I really loved about this wordless book is the layers of different emotions Raschka creates, they’re incredible. The story line is simple, a little puppy loses but soon after, reclaims her favorite toy. This book would be great for teaching young children different types emotions and for what reasons those emotions occur, but also, it would be great for allowing older students to create their own words to go with the pictures and develop individual thoughts on what would make a great story line. Over all, this is a fun little story to share with family or children in a classroom and to simply just help in evoking a love for all different kinds of books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent tale of a pup and her ball. Though wordless, it teaches kids about love, loss, and recovery. Beautifully illustrated. A small masterpiece with a large heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kid threw the nook. Im so mad. Waste of money