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Chalk by Bill Thomson
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Chalk by Bill Thomson is a wordless picture book. The book begins with three kids on a rainy day. Drawing with chalk, the young girl draws a sun and something magical happens. Their chalk drawings come to life throughout the story.

The illustration are modern and life like. They seem are very authentic and full of detail and bright colors. They do a great job of telling the story, despite the lack of words. The illustrator uses the style of realism. This book lack words, but still follows literary standards. The plot of the sidewalk chalk coming to life presents conflicts. The children must escape a dinosaur. The children resolve the issue by drawing rain clouds, and washing away their drawings.
This is an excellent book to have in the classroom to evoke imagination. Not only does the storyline represent imagination coming to life, but the lack of words encourage kids to interpret the drawings on their own. I would use this book for an activity that involved writing. Kids would enjoy adding words to the picture, and giving the story their own personal twist.
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