A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids learn that dogs really like their favorite toys, just like kids do, and that nothing lasts forever. They also may learn that expressing their emotions is a healthy way to process bad things that happen.
It's tough to lose or break something special, but you can get over it and enjoy a new one.
Positive Role Models
Daisy is in touch with her emotions, blissfully happy and content when she had her favorite toy, and sinking so low after it's destroyed by another dog that she practically disappears in to the couch. The dog who destroyed her red ball did it by accident by playing rough, but kindly has a new blue ball waiting for Daisy at the park the next time she comes. Both dogs' owners are kind and helpful.
Violence & Scariness
A big dog pops Daisy's red ball.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chris Raschka's A Ball for Daisy won the 2012 Caldecott Medal. This wordless story is simple in its narrative but shows every nuance of emotion with telling detail (perky ears when happy, droopy tail when sad) as the sweet pup loves and loses her favorite toy -- and then delights in getting a new one.
Is It Any Good?
Raschka skillfully conveys every nuance of Daisy's emotions with very few brushstrokes and highlights the important things in Daisy's world with bright color. We see Daisy's exuberance at play, her contentment at rest with her toy, and her anger, disappointment, sadness, and hopelessness when her favorite ball is popped by a big dog at the park. Kids will have no trouble following the emotional terrain as well as the simple plot line.
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