Picture Book Review: A BALL FOR DAISY

Cover of A Ball for Daisy“This is the story of a dog and her ball.” ~From the book jacket.

Being a librarian, I have to mention that the 2012 winner of the Caldecott Medal, A Ball for Daisy, is most definitely a Perfect Picture Book. In the wordless book, loveable dog Daisy spends the day playing with her favorite ball. When she meets a new friend and shares her ball, disaster strikes. After Daisy spends the night mourning the loss of her ball, she gets a special surprise from her new friend.

My ideas for activities to complement the book are simple. Have children play catch or hot potato. Random House has also created a helpful teacher guide for A Ball for Daisy.

Themes: Sharing, Friendship, Loss

Title: A Ball for Daisy
Author/Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (May 10, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 037585861X
ISBN-13: 978-0375858611

Perfect Picture Book List on Susanna Leonard Hill’s Website


Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

14 thoughts on “Picture Book Review: A BALL FOR DAISY”

  1. Chris Raschka is great. I love Yo! Yes? So glad to be introduced to another one of his works of art. Nice to “meet” you on this PPBF journey.

  2. Hi Nessa,
    Lovely to connect with you. 🙂
    What a great choice for PPBF…wordless books are so special for young children because it gives them the opportunity to tell the story themselves…just as they see it. 🙂
    Love the hot potato idea…perfect!

  3. I’ve wondered about this book. Thanks for sharing it. I puzzle over how to “read” wordless books. I can interpret them fine for myself, but wonder how people share them with children. The comments here have helped me! Thanks everyone!

  4. My kids love this book. Curious how other folks “read” these wordless books to their kids. Do you have the kids narrate the pictures for you? I find myself asking them lots of questions as we turn the pages. It is fun to hear the different interpretations of what is happening. Great choice, Nessa.

  5. I was waiting for this to show up on the PPB list since it won the Caldecott! I haven’t read it yet (I know *cringes*) but I’m sure it’s fabulous. So glad to have it on the list, and I’m going to have to get myself down to the library and read it! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  6. We’ve “read” this book. It’s so beautiful. I love wordless books, because they encourage the reader to look so closely at the pictures. They are a great way to encourage beginning readers and storytelling.

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