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A Ball for Daisy (Daisy)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  5,452 ratings  ·  1,330 reviews
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! Y
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Schwartz & Wade
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Absolutely darling wordless picture book about super cute dog Daisy, who loves her red ball... until it pops! Will she find a new best friend, er, ball? I think many children will be able to relate to the idea of having a favorite toy, and some will know how it feels when you have to transfer that affection to something else.
Stacey Borror
A Ball For Daisy is a Caldecott Award Winning book that falls in the genre wordless picture book.

This wordless picture book is about a dog named Daisy using the illustrations to convey the story and portraying the emotions that the dog feels about a particular red ball.

A) The arrangement of the illustrations engage the reader in how the author may go to a full page spread to picture clips. It feels like you are watching a movie in slow motion where you put the story together you
L13 Tracy Beling
A Ball for Daisy is a wordless picture book which won the Caldecott medal in 2012. I fell in love with this book upon my first reading, but that could have to do with the fact that I have dogs myself and consider myself a "dog person". This is the story of a dog named Daisy that has a toy she loves completely. One of my favorite parts shows Daisy cozy up to her ball to sleep near it. She and her person go to the park to play, and another dog plays with the ball and it breaks. The rest of the sto ...more
Kate Mowery
The pictures are nice, but a wordless picture book about a dog just is not going to hold my attention. I like Grandpa Green a lot more.
Mary Ronan Drew
Chris Raschka's A Ball for Daisy was given this year's Caldecott award for the best children's picture book of the last year. Once again (I'm getting to be a curmudgeon) I find the award-winner unworthy of the award.

If there is such a thing as a sentimental post-modern picture book, this is it. Daisy has a red ball, which she plays with and obviously loves. When at the park another dog plays too roughly and the ball deflates Daisy is bereft.

But when she goes again to the park the other dog has
Daisy dog loves her red ball more than anything. She plays with it and naps with it and takes it to the park. That's a mistake, though, because another dog likes her red ball, too, and he runs away with it. When Daisy tries to get it back, her beloved ball bursts. Daisy is devastated. Will she ever be happy and playful again?

I'll say it up front: I'm not a fan of Chris Raschka's illustrations. I can't really pinpoint why; there's just something about his style that doesn't appeal to me. It's...u
Heather Hilliker
The story of A Ball for Daisy (Raschka, 2011) is a darling tale about a lovable dog that has a favorite red ball. The ball that Daisy adores is deflated one day as Daisy allows another dog to play with it, which makes Daisy incredibly sad until the other dog brings Daisy a blue ball on another outing. The visuals that are used in A Ball for Daisy (Raschka, 2011) can be described as simplistic, yet bright, and endearing. The illustrations are cartoon like, and since this book is wordless the grap ...more
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka is a wordless picture book intended for ages three to seven (Preschool to 2nd). It vividly depicts the adventures Daisy and her ball. It clear that for Daisy this is more than just a ball, this is her best friend.

Wordless picture books are always great for reluctant and beginning readers. They enable the readers to tell the story from their point of view, and help the instructor grasp their comprehension methods. For the preschool age group this is a great way
Ben Clark
"A Ball for Daisy" is a wordless picture book that tells the story of a plucky black-and-white dog named Daisy, and the grief she experiences over the loss of her most precious object: a bouncy red ball. The ball is destroyed when another dog steals it away from her at the park and accidentally breaks it. Author and illustrator Chris Raschka uses broad brushstrokes and watercolors to tell Daisy's story. Without using a single word, the illustrations both establish Daisy's personality and convey ...more
Marybeth Batie
The story A Ball for Daisy is a wordless picture book about a dog that loves her red ball. A bigger dog then pops the ball and Daisy grows very sad. The book is told entirely by pictures; therefore the pictures show the dog playing with her ball a lot. The pictures are very vibrant in color but cartoon-like an unrealistic with the ball being almost as big as the dog. This is a great book for babies and young toddlers who are just learning how to talk or read because they can see the big, red bal ...more
Carlos Gastelum
Raschka, C. (2011)A ball for daisy. New York, NY: Schwartz & Wade Books.

The 2012 Caldecott Medal Winner, A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka is a story about a dog and his crazy obsession over a red ball. At first life seems complete for Daisy, until one day the ball she spends every minute of the day with bursts. Daisy becomes emotionally depressed, and as you follow along with the illustrations you can see how her mood changes completely. Eventually, Daisy’s ball gets replaced and she return
Jennifer Olsker
This strictly illustration based picture book surprised me. I found it interesting that a text less book could be fun for children. Yet again, I learned this from my sister. On our way home from the library, with the book, she decides to read it to me. Although the book lacks text, my sister began to make up her own narration. It was fun to see what she could take away from the illustrations alone, in a way making up her own story. I can see why the interactive illustrations prove interesting an ...more
Michelle Pegram
This wordless picture book follows he exploits of a cute, if scruffy, dog and his well-loved red ball. Disaster strikes the ball when another dog steals it and then, Daisy, the title dog, is so saddened that she does nothing but sleep. Will she ever be happy again?

The illustrations in this book are engaging and tell a clear story that has depth and interest. It was easy to imagine the way a parent or teacher could help a child put words to the pictures in a way that would bring the story to life
Jessica Cain
This book represented the best picture book to me because there were no words at all, but the story was told more clearly to me than any other book I read. It was about a dog that was in love with a ball and took it everywhere with him, he slept with it played with it, when on walks with it, the ball was his best friend. His owner and him went to the dog park one day with his ball of course and he was running around playing with his ball when another dog ran up and started playing with the ball ...more
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Description: This is a wordless book about a dog, his red ball, and their adventures around the city.

Age Level: 3-7

Genre: Realistic Fiction / Wordless book

Curriculum Connection: This book can be used for a lesson on emotions, as the dog shows emotion throughout the book, clearly illustrated without the need for words. The book could also serve as a writing prompt for students to create their own story about the dog and his ball.

Visual Appeal: There are very few straight lines in the illustrati
Jammie Mays
This delightful and innocent children’s picture book allows the reader to experience the story in their own way. The softy painted pictures give the reader the opportunity to see the story from both the little girl’s perspective and the dog’s perspective. I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for a story that will help them make a connection to a simpler time or a childhood memory. It made me think about the trips I took to the park with one of my friends. She use to walk her dog ...more
Anna Reid
This story is about a little, white dog named Daisy who has a favorite red ball that she brings with her everywhere. One day her owner takes her on a walk and another dog takes her ball and ends up popping it. Daisy is so sad when her owner throws away her popped ball, but then she goes on another walk and the same dog that popped her ball has a new blue ball that she gives to Daisy. The illustrations in this book are everything because there are no words. This allows the readers to interpret th ...more
Natalie Payton
A Ball for Daisy written and illustrated by Chris Raschka is a children’s picture book geared towards animal lovers! It is a story of about a little white dog named Daisy and her love for her red ball. Throughout the beginning of the story Daisy is playing with her ball, sleeping with her ball, and doing her everyday activities with the ball. When the owner took Daisy for a walk, her ball gets picked up by another dog who wanted to play. The ball popped on accident when the othe
Guadalupe Sanchez
A ball for Daisy by Raschka Chris
Genre: children’s literature Reading level:P-2 grade Format: good

As I read the book A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka I noticed from the beginning that the book was going to be a color book. I noticed from the first two pages that the book was just going to have picture illustrations. Which it was. As I read the whole picture book I understood what the book was about. The book is about a little white dog that is in love with his ball. He goes with his/her owner
Kathryn Anne Russell
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka tells the story of Daisy, a small dog and her favorite ball entirely in illustrations. The pictures are simple and easy to follow. The books starts out showing Daisy enjoying her red ball by playing outside with it, snuggling with it on the couch, and walking with it outside. The book is entirely from Daisy’s perspective. The reader see’s the feet of Daisy’s owner taking Daisy to the dog park with Daisy’s red ball. While at the dog park, Daisy runs and plays wit ...more
Kiera Burnett
Summary and Critique:
This book does not quite qualify as literary excellence, but instead acts as a tool for instruction. This story is, however, a Caldecott winner, so one must evaluate what aspect of the illustrations makes it worthy of this recognition. One notable aspect is that it does manage to tell the entire story without a single word. My bias is strong in this review after just having read Flotsam by David Wiesner. While A Ball for Daisy does not quite compare, it could be instrumental
Jimmy Reyes
Chris Raschka captures in his wordless picture book the joy and excitement we all have as a child with a favorite toy, however, he reminds us that dogs too enjoy the simple things in life as well. Vibrant watercolor combinations of yellow, red, and green coupled with the waving length brushstrokes used to exaggerate the movement of Daisy helps us truly focuses in on that pure emotion of happiness between a dog and their favorite toy. We see Daisy and her owner meeting up at the park with another ...more
Daisy, the dog, adores her red ball. She plays with it and even sleeps next to it on the couch. When her owner takes her for a walk, Daisy brings along her ball. At the park, she plays and chases after it. When it gets stuck behind a fence, Daisy frets until it has been retrieved by her owner. But when another dog tries to play with Daisy’s ball… it pops! Daisy is broken-hearted, carrying the tattered remains of her ball. And there is nothing that will make her feel any better. Or is there?

A Ball for Daisy is a light-hearted picture book about a dog named Daisy and her love for her ball. The story shows how elated she is when she plays with her ball. Daisy takes her ball everywhere. One day, Daisy is playing with another dog. Unfortunately, during this playtime the ball is popped. Daisy is saddened by this. Her happiness is only recovered when the owner of the other dog gives Daisy a new ball.
This book is an extremely effective tale. I felt each emotion Daisy did through the illus
Diana V.
Characters: Daisy (a dog)
Point of View: Third Person Point of View (the reader)
Setting: Daisy’s house and the park.
Lexile Level: 0-100L Pre- K to First Grade
Genre: Picture Book
Award: The Caldecott Medal (2012)

Plot: In the beginning, Daisy has a red ball – her favorite toy – and life could not be better. There are games of chase, cuddle times on the couch, and walks in the park. She does everything with it, including sleeping. During a play day at the park, her favorite toy is destroyed by a
Summary:A small dog loves her ball. She plays with it ALL the time and even sleeps with it. One day, she goes to the park and is playing with her ball. Another dog joins in the fun and the ball pops. Daisy is depressed and cries over losing the ball. The next day, they go back to the park only to find the owner of the other dog had brought Daisy a new ball! Daisy is happy again.
Curriculum Connection:Character analysis, understanding illustrations, storytelling without words, sequencing, cause an
Cynthia Housianitis
Picture Book Project

Category: Wordless

Source: Caldecott Winner of 2012

With tail-wagging fun, Caldecott award-winning children's author Chris Raschka illustrates a certain puppy's doggie joyfulness and energy in A Ball for Daisy. Daisy loves her red ball, but becomes heartbroken when it pops in a sudden accident in the park with another dog. Can anything possibly replace her beloved red ball? Fortunately, Daisy returns to the park only to meet up with the same dog and its owner, where she receive
L13F_Jana Wilkening
When I saw that the winning 2012 Caldecott book was called A Ball for Daisy...I had to find it. Since I have a dog named Daisy who is obsessed with tennis balls, I knew I would probably give this 5 stars even before I read it. :)

Poor Daisy loves her red ball...until it is destroyed by another dog! Alas-the other dog's owner brings Daisy a new ball in the end. This simple story is told wordlessly through swirling illustrations. From my unartistic perspective, it looks like watercolor illustration
Jordan Croom
This 2012 Caldecott Medal Winner is a no word picture book, but that does not stop it from telling a story. A Ball for Daisy is about a dog named Daisy that loves her red ball. Unfortunately one day while out playing at the park the ball pops. The illustrations alone were able to portray Daisy’s despair at the loss of her ball. She eventually receives a new ball, and the reader is able to feel her elation. Although the images portrayed the story, I was not particularly impressed by them. This is ...more
Kristi Scramlin
A Ball for daisy is the perfect book for younger kids in preschool/ early kindergarten because it is a picture book that has no words but tells the story through the illustrations. Without words it allows the reader to create their own story using the pictures. The illustrations take you through a day in the life of Daisy the dog and her ball. It starts with Daisy rolling around and playing with her ball, then she tires herself out and needs to take a nap. From there her owner tells her it’s tim ...more
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"I always try to treat the book itself as the artwork," Chris Raschka says. "I don't want you to stop while you're reading one of my books and say, 'Oh! What a gorgeous illustration!' I want you to stop at the end of the book and say, 'This is a good book.' "

Chris Raschka is one of those people who knew from an early age what he wanted to be when he grew up. "It was never a question in my mind,"
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