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A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Here’s a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy’s anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring. Raschka’s signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers and teachers and parents who have children dealing with the loss of something special.

Only last week Chris Raschka won the Caldecott Medal for this very book, which is why I thought to share it, but he’s certainly no stranger to this honor. His books Yo! Yes? won the Caldecott Honor in 2004 and The Hello, Goodbye Window won the Caldecott Medal in 2006. Here’s what the American Library Association had to say about his winning the medal this year:

The 2012 Caldecott Medal winner is A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka, published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

In a wordless book with huge children’s appeal, Chris Raschka gives us the story of an irrepressible little dog whose most prized possession is accidently destroyed. With brilliant economy of line and color, Raschka captures Daisy’s total (yet temporary) devastation. A buoyant tale of loss, recovery and friendship.

“Chris Raschka’s deceptively simple paintings of watercolor, gouache and ink explore universal themes of love and loss that permit thousands of possible variants,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Steven L. Herb. ‘A Ball for Daisy’ holds as many unique stories as there will be young readers and re-readers.

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4 Responses to The Year of the Picture Book – A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

  1. RT via @the1stdaughter: The Year of the Picture Book – A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka #kidlit

  2. PragmaticMom says:

    I just ordered it the day it won the Caldecott! So excited for it to come!

  3. Akishya says:

    Another colorful book to come! My kid will definitely love this again! Thanks for the news!

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