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A Ball for Daisy (Daisy)

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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...more
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.
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...more
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
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...more
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...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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Zequoia Hyche
Best wordless story I have ever read! The illustrations are the story, and Chris Raschka has done a tremendous job with telling the story of Daisy and her ball. Actions definitely help readers understand exactly what is happening in the story and I love Chris carefully and creatively captures every emotion, scene, setting and overall point of the story with no words. Great tool for teachers to get children guessing and determining what is being displayed on each picture, rather than reading it t...more
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka is a wordless story about the love, joy and anguish of a dog whose favorite toy, a red ball, is destroyed by a bigger dog.

Raschka's swirling, impressionistic illustrations were rendered in ink, watercolor and gouache. Love, loss, friendship and joy are among the emotions shown by the energetic Daisy. Children can "read" the pictures and interpret the charming, engaging story of loss and recovery.

Some will like the illustrations more than others, but Raschka rea...more
Sorry Caldecott, you can almost never do any wrong. Almost. A book about a dog and its ball, I wanted to love it. After all, red playground balls and dogs are two of my favorite things on the planet. Too bad that it just seemed boring.

Maybe they were reaching out into the wordless, semi-wordless zone and thinking - we need to be edgy - we need to blow the lid off the genre. What I feel like I ended up with was a bad recommendation from a fairly reliable, good friend.

Don't get me wrong, I don't...more
Heather Pool
This book could be for anyone between grades k-3rd. There are absolutely NO WORDS so the reader has to read the pictures about a dog (Daisy) and how much she loves her ball, then something terrible happens to it and it can't be fixed. So Daisy becomes sad until she gets a new ball from her new friend. I love this book because the illustrations and how you have to read them. So the must be amazing in order to get what the story is about and they are! I also love it because I have 3 dogs, one of t...more
This story is about a lovable dog whose most prized possession is accidently destroyed. It touches on the universal theme of love and loss and is especially appealing for young dog lovers! Raschka's signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations capture the devastation in this story. Beautiful lines and colors made of watercolor, gouache and ink! This is an awesome book to read to young kids when they are dealing with the loss of something special. Teachers could even use it to launch a writi...more
Caldecott Medal (2012)

Honestly, before opening this picture book, I was expecting not to like it quite as much as I did. When a book wins the top tier Caldecott award, you expect high quality artwork illustrations and a story to ignite the youthful imagination.

In this wordless picture book, the story is simple... dog has ball, dog loses ball, dog is sad, dog gets a new ball, all is well. Simple story, pleasant pictures, happy ending. I'm not sure it deserves the big prize Caldecott, but it's a...more
Suzanne Gust
This is one of the wordless picture books, and one of the books from this semester that I did not enjoy. I did not think the illustrations were worthy of winning an award. I thought the story and the illustrations were much too simple. I didn't feel like the story ever had a plot, or a high point. I was sad that I didn't enjoy this book because so many people liked it. However, I just never was able to relate to the story because it was hard to understand without text and without detailed illust...more
Audience: 3-8 Mostly non readers.
Appeal:This wordless book is appealing to non readers because they can tell the story and make it different every time if they want! The story told in the pictures appeals to readers because we all understand how Daisy feels when she loses her favorite toy because we've all had that happen at one time or another. The pictures are loose and engaging and the bright colors of the ball and the couch add good contrast to Daisy, the main character.

2012 Caldecott Meda...more
Emily Beasley
This book is A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka. It is part of a unit we are going to be working on with inferencing. Does anyone know what inferencing means? Yes, it means figuring out what is going on in the story that might not be spelled out in the text, kind of like the hidden part. This book is a special type of book called a wordless book, which means it has only pictures. While we read it, we will be practicing inferencing by figuring out the story from the pictures. Let's take...more
Chris Raschka lets his pictures do all the talking, literally. A Ball for Daisy is a completely wordless story and lets the reader “make-up” what he or she interprets from the beautiful illustrations. Daisy the dog is this adorable little black and white dog who has a favorite toy, her little red ball that she plays with all day. One day at the park a larger dog pops Daisy’s ball. Daisy tries to play with the flattened ball but it just isn’t possible. She becomes so sad and bored, which you can...more
Chelsea Cameron
A Ball For Daisy, is about a very cute dog and her undeniable love for a ball. Life could not be better for Daisy. Daisy gets to do all sorts of fun activities with the ball, walks in the park, chase and catch and then chase and catch some more and even tired cuddles on the couch after a long day of playing. When a very unfortunate event hits Daisy ball completely bursts into pieces the fun it over. Daisy is very sad and lethargic because she misses her ball so much until she receives and very s...more
Samantha Holler
A Ball For Daisy by Chris Rachka is a wordless picture book that conveys a story only through illustrations. Daisy, an energetic and emotional dog, loves her big red ball more than anything. She sleeps with it and takes it to the park. However, another dog seems to like her red ball as well and takes it from her. When she tries to regain possession, the ball bursts! Will she ever be happy again? The illustrations in this book are bright and colorful and truly show the excitement that Daisy has w...more
Michaela George
This book is very unique because it doesn’t have any words at all. It has little pictures of mostly the dog and his ball. I think this is important because you see that it is really focused around the dog. Daisy loves her ball but it ends up getting stuck behind a fence, the owner then retrieves it. Then another dog starts playing with it and pops it. Daisy is really sad and depressed that night and sleeps along without her ball. The next day she goes to the park with her owner and the owner of...more
Teddie Trombley
This story is about a little dog named Daisy who has a toy ball that she loves. She loves to roll the ball around and she loves to also bring the ball up on the couch with her. One day Sally, Daisy's owner, decides to take her on a walk and of course the ball has to come with. Once sally and daisy get to the park, Sally throws the ball for Daisy. Sally ended up throwing the ball so far that it got stuck on the other side of the fence and Daisy was really upset. When Sally gets the ball for daisy...more
Grace Bradley
This book is unique because it has no words, just pictures. Daisy is a nice fluffy dog and she has a favorite red ball. Daisy loves this ball so much that she even slept with it! One day she goes to the park to play with the ball and another dog comes up and pops the ball. Daisy was so sad that she tried to continue playing with the deflated ball but it was no use. Eventually Daisy got a new blue ball and she was happy again! The pictures in this book are fantastic. They make the drawings look l...more
Mary Jo
The Randolph Caldecott award recognizes American children’s picture books each year. A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated Chris Raschka won the award in 2012. A Ball for Daisy is a wordless picture book with excellent illustrations. The illustrations help tell the story about a dog who is in love with her ball; she does everything with her ball. One day at the park Daisy decides to share her ball with another dog and the ball pops! Daisy then becomes very sad. The reader will then find out...more
Kelsey Abbott
A Ball For Daisy
Wordless books are perfect for teaching experiences. I love wordless books for kids because I love hearing the story they come up with.

Text to Self:
I loved this book, not only because as a child I loved my first dog Mickie and he was my best friend that followed me everyone but as a teacher I loved using this book as a teaching tool. I loved seeing one of the kids who usually struggles with reading invent his or her own words that go along with the pictures. The pictures are alr...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,"...more
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