Title: A Ball For Daisy
Author/Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Publisher: Swartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books (2011)
Theme: Animals, loss, friendship
Synopsis: Daisy is a sweet little dog. She has a red ball that she loves. A trip to the park and fun with a friend ends in a sad thing happening. But, with the help her friend, Daisy overcomes her sadness.
From the publisher: “This is the story of a dog and her ball. Caldecott medalist Chris Raschka brings us a tender and beautiful wordless picture book about what it’s like to lose something special – and find a friend.”
“Rarely, perhaps never, has so steep an emotional arc been drawn with such utter, winning simplicity.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Raschka’s genius lies in capturing the essence of situations that are deeply felt by children” – School Library Journal
“Noteworthy for both its artistry and its child appeal.”- The Horn Book Magazine.
I think that the best thing to do is take your own dog for a walk. Talk about the things that your dog likes to do. Play with a certain toy? What tricks does it do? What is your dog’s personality like?
Dog Coloring Pages to print out at freeprintablecoloringpages.net
A pattern of a fabric ball to make by sewing.org
Why I like this book: I think for someone to create a picture book without words and do it well is just…amazing! Chris Raschka succeeds in telling a story with pictures that keeps the reader engaged and tied emotionally, page after page. His simple paintings are a delight. The message the book shares is one of friendship and love.
Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.