Wednesday, March 14, 2012
My daughter saw Princess Posey and the Next Door Dog, written by Stephanie Greene, at the library and checked it out on Saturday. By nightfall she had finished it. This is actually the third book in a series of books about Posey. Posey is in first grade, and she wants a dog. There is a class assignment to write a story about a pet you own, or want to own, and Posey wishes she had her own pet to write about. When a new neighbor moves in next door with a dog, Posey decides to investigate.
This is a fun chapter book series for the emerging chapter book reader. After my daughter finished it she told me, "It's like this book could be about me. I am in first grade, I am a girl and I love dogs!" I try to label all of my posts into categories - picture books, young adult, emerging readers, etc. so if you want to search my site for a certain type of book you can. I have added a new label entitled "books my kids love" - for books I highlight due to my children's *love* of them. It is fun to see a child get excited about reading - and this book certainly accomplished that at our house!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
This year's Caldecott medal went to Chris Raschka's A Ball for Daisy. I just picked up a copy from my library and love it. It is a wordless picture book that tells the story of a dog, Daisy, and her red ball. Daisy loves her ball: she plays with it, naps with it and takes it to the park. One day at the park Daisy and another dog are playing when the other dog pops Daisy's ball. The illustrations depict a dejected Daisy mourning the loss of her ball. Daisy's owner is seen dragging her back to the park and both are in for a surprise when they get there.
The illustrations are done in water color and ink with mostly neutral colors but splashes of bright mixed in. The illustrations seem simple at first glance but a lot of detail and emotion are drawn into each page. This is a wordless picture book, but as I read the illustrations, I felt like I was reading the text right along with them. There is a definite arc and plot to the story and I think children of all ages, but especially those who can not read yet, will love sitting down to "read" this story. Raschka's illustrations tell of loss and friendship in a very visual way.