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