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Red Sled

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,467 Ratings  ·  218 Reviews
In this almost wordless picture book, a host of woodland creatures take a child's sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and pitch-perfect sound effects. With a timeless tone and classic characters, RED SLED will become a wintertime favorite.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Lisa Vegan
Apr 27, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
This is a very simple book, so simple that once a child has it read to them, they should be able to read it to themselves, even if they don’t know their ABCs.

The story is told almost 100% through the pictures; the only words used are onomatopoeic ones. I love the artwork and how it manages to convey the story so well.

The story is fun and very funny too, especially when the sled is full, when the porcupine joins the other riders, and when the bear and then the child find the sled.

In the author bi
Richie Partington
Dec 01, 2011 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
Richie's Picks: RED SLED by Lita Judge, Atheneum, November 2011, 36p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-2007-6

I learned a new word today: "Gadung."

Listen to the sound as you speak it aloud, like this: Ga-DUNG.

Now say it four times in a row: Ga-DUNG. Ga-DUNG, Ga-DUNG, Ga-DUNG.

Come on! Do it again.

I can just feel the gentle jarring in my bottom and up my rickety old back as I read aloud the two-page spread in RED SLED that says "Gadung Gadung Gadung Gadung" while we view the moo
Dec 12, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
Since my first daughter was born two and a half years ago, I've found myself (surprise!) reading a LOT of picture books. I don't even remember the vast majority of them - but every once in a while, you read a book that really stands out. And sometimes, the kid seems to really like it, too. Red Sled is one of those books - one of those books you not only want to own for your own kids, but look forward to reading to the grandkids one day.

Judge's drawings are bright, eye-catching, and dynamic, and
Anne Broyles
Nov 07, 2011 Anne Broyles rated it it was amazing
This book is packed full of joie de vivre. RED SLED is the visual equivalent of a haiku, with perfectly chosen and formed paintings that tell a simple story that will only grow in retellings. I love the facial expressions, both human and animal, that convey so much emotion. The excitement, thrill, pure terror, and sense of accomplishment in a sled ride; the sense of belonging and community in shared experiences; the possibility of MORE than meets the eye. Judge's work is Caldecott material, but ...more
I've read a million picture books, and I LOVE IT when one can make me laugh out loud.

Lots of open space on these pages, lovely blues for the night time sky, flat-out awesome expressions on the animals' faces, super noises, solid composition on the page, just the right amount of variation and repetition, and a good ending.

Love the next-to-last page with the red sled leaning in one direction and the point of the girls' cap leaning in the other.
Paul  Hankins
When a red sled is left outside, leaning against the house, it provides a wintry invitation for the animals to go on the ride of their lives. Delightful illustrations, RED SLED is a mentor text for onomatopoeia for its delightful depictions of walking across snow and coming to an abrupt landing at the bottom of a hill. Maddie (9) my own One Book Four Hands go-to gal, laughed out loud at this one.
Dec 11, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2011
With no true narrative, colorful, moonlit illustrations and lots and lots of onomatopoeia, this is a great book for parents and children to "read" together. Our girls helped to narrate the tale in their own words and we all took turns making the fun sounds - "Scrinch scrunch" and "Gadung" were our favorites to say over and over again. This is a humorous tale and we enjoyed reading it together.
Nov 16, 2011 Alyson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Pure fun! You can not read this without smiling. I love that the text is completely sound effects, it makes the book function as a wordless book and a story. Great looking animals without being to cute. I can picture these animals hanging out with the woodland creatures from Waiting for Winter.
Colby Sharp
Nov 22, 2011 Colby Sharp rated it really liked it
Super book to use to teach using sound effects in writing.
Ardea Smith
Dec 02, 2013 Ardea Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-log
Title / Author / Publication Date: Red Sled/Lita Judge/2011

Genre: Picturebook, Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Plot summary: This book is beyond cute! A smashup of the artwork design from The Snowy Day and the animals galore that comes from Jan Brett's books, Red Sled is a great, almost wordless picturebook about the adventures of a sled on a winters day. Click on the link to see a shortened animated version of the book created by the author:

Considerations or pre
Dec 22, 2011 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This almost wordless book sparkles with the joy of sledding. A little child leaves their sled leaning up outside their house. When night falls, a bear walks by and spots the red sled. With a “scrunch scrinch scrunch scrinch” he walks away with the sled under his arm. Then he and a rabbit ride the sled down the hill, hooting with glee. They head down the hill in different positions and then are by a moose, and eventually raccoons, an opossum, a porcupine and a mouse. When morning light starts to ...more
Nov 26, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This nearly wordless book involves a young child, a red sled and some animals who discover just how much fun sledding can be! A bear finds the sled propped up against a cabin, just where the child left it. The bear soon finds himself gathering speed and company as he careens down a hill. The sled is returned to the cabin wall, but the child notices the bear's footprints and quickly puts two and two together. Soon child and animals alike are sledding together! The author uses "scrunch, scrinch" f ...more
Gabriela Rocha
Jan 31, 2016 Gabriela Rocha rated it really liked it
Red Sled by Lita Judge
On a snowy day, a small girl goes back to her cabin with her red sled. That night, she sets the slid against the wall and goes to sleep. A bear notices and is intrigued by the red sled. He picks it up and takes it for a joyride, with a small rabbit tagging along. A moose notices what fun the bear and rabbit are having and decides to tag along as well. Altogether, they sled across the snow when the commotion captures the attention of an opossum and two raccoons. These critt
Evie Milburn
Title: Red Sled
Author: Lita Judge
Genre: Wordless Picture Book
Theme(s): Winter, snow, friendships, animals
Opening line/sentence:
Brief Book Summary: This is a story about a little girl who goes sledding on her red sled during the day and then goes inside her home for the night while leaving her red sled on the side of her house. At first a big brown bear finds the sled and grabs it to see what it can do. Then a bunny rabbit and moose join him on the red sled, and then raccoons, a mou
Jenna Kennedy
Sep 29, 2014 Jenna Kennedy rated it liked it
The unlikely characters take over Lita Judge’s tale of the red sled. The little boy crunches through the snow up to his front door. He wipes the snow from his boots and leans his red sled against the side of the cabin. When he goes inside, a big brown bread peaks from around the corner. Hmmm? His eyes are full of excitement as he takes the sled and rides it swiftly down the hill. Holding on for dear life, he rides up and down the hills of the forest. Boy, does he go on an adventure, and he’s not ...more
Melissa Stewart
Nov 01, 2011 Melissa Stewart rated it it was amazing
Red Sled may be almost wordless, but it's full of heart and soul. This is a new kind of book for Judge, who is well known for her picture book biographies and nonfiction science. And it seems to be the book she was born to create. The joyous exuberance of the animals is impossible to deny as they whiz through a winter wonderland on a borrowed red sled. Perfect for sharing with your favorite child and a steaming cup of cocoa, this book is bound to become a classic.
A wonderful winter tale! A little boy's red sled is used by a band of forest animals for a late-night adventure in the snowy woods. I love the illustrations and the whimsy.

This would facilitate so many lessons for K-3 grade. Because of the sparse words, it lends itself to a writing activity for the students to fill in dialogue, etc. It is also perfect for teaching onomatopoeia.
Aug 05, 2011 Lorna rated it really liked it
My new favorite snow book, it's so simple with minimal text just fun sound effects and beautiful art. A bear borrows a sled and all of his forest friends join in the fun. Such a sweet and wonderful picturebook, Lita Judge does a great job translating the joy of a good sled ride.
Feb 03, 2016 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is an "Onomatopoeic Story" in that the text is all sounds and the pictures tell the story. This is a wonderful way to help children develop their "phonological awareness" by playing with letter sounds.

For instance, "Scrinch, scrunch, scrinch, scrunch" is the sound your footsteps make in snow when it is very, very cold. You can invite the children to stand up and step in place and repeat with you this fun sound. If you want them to remain seated have them pat their legs with their hands whil
Jan 09, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
What happens when a little girl leaves her red sled outside her cabin one night and some curious creatures find it? A very fun adventure, and a great picture book, that's what! :->

This book is sooo cute! I just loved it. Great fun, and wonderful onomatopoeia.
Dec 01, 2011 Samantha rated it liked it
Mostly wordless picture book about good times had with a borrowed red sled. All the words are sledding sounds and makes you feel like you're along for the ride. Cute animals and funny idea!
Nov 10, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: seasons
Adorable!!! This would be such a fun book to share with preschoolers and primary grade students, especially if you could encourage them to make the noises with you.
Nov 17, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it
What happens with the red sled when the little boy leaves it outside during the night? Those foot prints and tracks are very suspicious... The little boy will try to find out what's going on, and even join the fun.

Lovely wintry story! Can't wait for the snow to come!

I'm really interested in check more of Judge's work. We loved her illustrations.

Age range: 3 to 6 years old.

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Katie Fitzgerald
What I like so much about this book is how the silence reflects what nature sounds like at night. Even when the animals are noisily riding the sled, there is an air of calm surrounding every page, which is emphasized by the contrast between the deep blue of the sky and silvery white of the snow-covered hills. The animals are very expressive, showing their curiosity, fear, and excitement about the sled, and though the scenery doesn't change much from page to page, the action within that scenery d ...more
May 09, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Filled with carefully-chosen words--a good thing since there are so few of them, but oh, how perfectly those words mimic the sounds of crunching through the snow ["scrinch scrunch scrinch scrunch scrinch scrunch" (unpaged)]--this delightful picture book follows the adventures of several animals who take a red sled for a night ride after it's been left outside. The pencil and watercolor illustrations show the tracks of the animals and their glee as they slide down a snowy hill. The font size chan ...more
Alex Sandiland
Oct 17, 2012 Alex Sandiland rated it really liked it
Red Sled is a book full of detailed pictures and not a lot of words. One night a curious bear finds a red sled sitting across a log cabin. He decides to borrow the sled. He shows his first friend, the rabbit, and they decide to go flying down the hill on the red sled. His moose friend then decides to join, and they all squeeze on the red sled and zoom down the hill. Other animals decide to join the fun like; two racoons, a pokey porcupine, and a baby mouse, they race down the hill, all animals s ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it
Red Sled by Lita Judge is the story of an incredible night in the winter woods. One night a bear finds a red sled and decides to go on an adventure! Making many new friends along the way, the bear sleds throughout the night. While a simple concept, the magic in the story is in how it is told: through onomatopoeia only.

Although the reading level of this story is lower, it could be used in upper grades as well as an introduction to onomatopoeias. The pictures are detailed and add depth to the sto
Feb 15, 2015 Annie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wordless
red sled is a story about a child who leaves out his/her sled and the animals take it for a spin. It's a cute book with big two page, watercolour pictures. The only words are onomatopoeias.

It can help children learn some animals they might not be familiar with (like the moose or opossum). Any child 3-6 would like enjoy this, and they would love the funny words. It can also help with practicing nonsensical words-something teachers practice with kindergarten aged students.
Christine Turner
In this almost wordless picture book, a host of woodland creatures take a child's sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and pitch-perfect sound effects. With a timeless tone and classic characters, RED SLED will become a wintertime favorite.

Sleds -- Juvenile fiction.
Forest animals -- Juvenile fiction
Snow -- Juvenile fiction
Sounds, Words for -- Juvenile fiction.
Sierra Jauregui
This book was really cute to read. Since it was wordless it was interesting to set the story in my head and create my own interpretation of the story. The book was made of water colors and have very vivid images that perfectly represented the story. the story is about a red sled that was left outside and goes for a crazy ride throughout the snow. I think this is a perfect book that was made for children that are just starting to read and it would really interest them.
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