A Ball For Daisy

written and illustrated by Chris Raschka

Book Review by Jessica Glazier
Bibliographical Data
A Ball For Daisy” - Chris Raschka
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books (May 10, 2011)
Hardcover: $11.98 (Barnes and Noble)
ISBN-13: 9780375858611
Pages: 32
Age Range: 3-7 Years
Language: English

A Ball For Daisy is about a dog who has a toy ball that she loves. She brings the ball to the park to play with it, and then another dog joins her. When they are playing with the ball together, the other dog pops the ball and Daisy becomes extremely sad. The next day, the dog who popped her ball brings her a new ball and Daisy becomes extremely happy again.

Book Review:
I loved this book! Although there are no words it is such a simplistic and fun book to read. It’s pictures are the words and I think that they do such a good job telling the story. The illustrations are very kid friendly and show exactly what the author is trying to say. I think this book is a great way to introduce emotions, and also creativity because it allows for readers to imagine what is happening just by viewing the pictures. After reading the book I went online and researched what others had to say about it, and I really enjoyed some comments. Just like many have said, I would definitely use this book in a pre-school or kindergarten classroom and let the students make up their own words for what is occurring through out the book.

Author Biography:
Chris Raschka, born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on March 6th, 1959 is an American author. Illustrator and a violist. Raschka grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and also spent time living in Austria as a child. Chris Raschka graduated from St. Olaf College, and currently lives in New York City. He has written and illustrated many award winning books such as, Hello, Goodbye and Window, Yo! Yes?.

Literary Element Analysis:
Chris Raschka uses illustrations to tell an entire story. He uses images to explain what is going on in the story, and portrays the emotions of the character so well. The illustrations are so simple and easy to understand, it allows for the reader to know exactly what Raschka was trying to show. For an example, when Daisy’s ball popped, you can tell what her emotions are specifically from the way that the illustrations were created. This is also shown when Daisy receives a new ball from the other dog. The illustrations allow the reader to create their own words for the story. This enables the reader to have fun with the story, using their imaginiation and also the pictures shown in the book to create their own story. This definitely is appealing to children because they are able to create their own story without any rules, all from the use of pictures!

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