The 2012 Caldecott Medal winner. This is a terrific wordless story. Students can follow along as I turn the pages and they “read” about Daisy the dog and her love for her red ball. One day, Daisy goes for a walk in the park with her owner. Daisy and a brown dog play with her red ball. When the other dog pops Daisy’s ball by accident, and the ball is thrown away, Daisy goes home and puts her head on her paws. No words are necessary to know exactly how Daisy is feeling. Everyone’s hearts go out to her. When Daisy goes to the park the next day, there is the brown dog with a blue ball. They play together. The book closes with Daisy happily sleeping on the couch with her new blue ball.
This book was so fun to show my K and Prek students. The library was absolutely silent as my K students realized they had to follow each of the pictures in order to understand the story. We then went through the book together as students retold the story. My Prek students tended to shout out what they thought was happening. Either way was fine and very entertaining to watch my students faces as I turned the pages.
The water color illustrations really shine.