Chris Raschka

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Red Sled, by Lita Judge

Published January 12, 2014 by Dagmar

red sledI’m a huge fan of wordless books for kids.  This genre has really grown.  It includes books for young students, like one of my favorites, A Ball for Daisy, by Chris Raschka, and complex and beautiful wordless books like The Arrival, by Shaun Tan, meant for middle schoolers.

Younger students and particularly students who aren’t reading yet get such a feeling of confidence when they can read a story on their own.  In the case of my library, students sit quietly and watch the story unfold as I turn the pages for them.  Sometimes I have them tell me the story that they just “read”.  This time, we just closed the book and smiled.

The Red Sled is not a completely wordless book.  The only words that appear are onamatopoeias. The book opens with a red sled sitting outside a house in the snow.  A bear wanders by and notices the sled.  He decides to take it for a ride, and what a wild ride it is!  Soon, a rabbit joins him, then a moose, then two raccoons, an opposum, a porcupine and a mouse.  The illustrations are wonderful, particularly the animals expressions as they tumble down the hill on the red sled. My students were so quiet as they read the book, then, they started smiling and soon they were laughing out loud.  After the animals finish their sled ride, the bear replaces the sled at the door of the small house.  The child who owns the sled walks out the next day, picks up his sled and notices bear tracks.  The book closes with the child swinging from the antlers of the moose as the animals go on another sled right that night.

This is a sweet, quick book that kids will really love.

A Ball for Daisy, by Chris Raschka

Published March 9, 2013 by Dagmar

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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.