Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Ball for Daisy

Daisy loves her ball!  She takes it everywhere with her and plays with it all the time.  So what is she to do when it deflates?

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka is one of The New York Times' Best Illustrated Childrens' Books of 2011 and the winner of the 2012 Caldecott Medal.

The wordless tale of love and loss is a gentle introduction to grief.  Daisy's emotions leap off the page, from her joy playing with her ball to her despair at its demise.  This is a very simple storyline, fleshed out entirely by the evocative watercolor and ink illustrations.  There is a freeness to Raschka's forms accompanied by attention to the small details like Daisy's whiskers that combine to capture feeling extremely precisely.  The lack of words allows children of all ages to experience the story directly and at their own pace.  A connection is forged between the reader and Daisy, and we feel her highs and lows along with her.  And not to worry, there is a happy ending in sight.

 A Ball for Daisy is published by Schwartz & Wade and retails for $16.99 (hardcover).  I read my copy by picking it up from the shelves for a few minutes.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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