A Ball for Daisy
Chris Raschka
2011
Schwartz and Wade
Caldecott Winner

A Ball for Daisy is a wordless book and, like the best wordless books, will delight not only the youngest child in the house, but probably his/her older siblings (and parents) as well. If you’ve ever owned a dog, you will enjoy this sweet story all the more. Daisy has a favorite red ball that goes with her everywhere. One day, while she and her owner are out for a stroll, a bigger dog comes along and starts playing with the ball. Oops! The ball pops. Daisy is grief stricken and mopes around. I won’t give away the ending, but let’s just say this tragedy is resolved completely and toddlers will rejoice in Daisy’s good fortune.

This book is charming, to be sure, but I confess that I didn’t think it quite as medal worthy as, apparently, the Caldecott committee did.

publication data and image from goodreads.com

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