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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.


Wilfred, by Ryan Higgins

Published October 22, 2013 by Dagmar

This book hit a home run with my second graders.  It’s a story of friendship and loyalty.  I absolutely love the suspense that kept my students on the edge of their seats.  My students were engaged from the moment I started reading.  This is a great book with wonderful illustrations, and is one of my favorites of the new picture books I bought for this year.

WilfredWilfred is a (very cute) big hairy giant who wants a friend.  He goes to a village and scares everyone, except a brave boy.  He and the brave boy become fast friends.  However, the village is a village of bald people who covet the big hairy giant’s fur.  They ask Wilfred for his fur, and good-hearted Wilfred gives it to them.  Now, freezing in the cold winter, Wilfred can’t come out and play.  He has to stay in his cave to keep warm by a fire.  The boy, searching for his friend, gets lost in a snow storm.  Wilfred hears his cries and leaves his warm cave to try to save the boy.  The villagers find Wilfred and the boy in the snow. Wilfred is wrapped around the boy, trying to keep him warm.  Seeing this incredible act of loyalty, they realize that Wilfred is a good giant who needs his fur back.

You won’t regret buying this book.  Enjoy.