Stylistic Elements in A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka Essay

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Chris Raschka’s 2012 Caldecott Medal winning book, A Ball for Daisy, is a fun children’s picture book about a dog named Daisy and her love for her favorite red ball. The story shows how happy she is when she plays with her ball. Daisy takes her ball with her everywhere. She plays with her ball, sleeps with her ball, takes her ball with her on walks in the park, and more. One day, Daisy’s ball was snatched by another dog wanting to play. Unfortunately, the other dog accidentally destroyed the ball. Daisy is very upset about this. Her owner threw the ball in the trash and took Daisy back home. Her happiness is recovered instantly when the owner of the other dog gives Daisy a new blue ball. A Ball for Daisy is a great book for teaching …show more content…

The illustrator uses different types of brush strokes and colors of the background to show Daisy’s emotions throughout the story. Most of the story is in horizontal frames to show sequential action. Some of the frames are in smaller boxes and can be read from either left to right across one page, across both pages, or even top to bottom. Daisy’s owner’s face was not shown until the middle of the book, which keeps your attention on the main character, Daisy. Some of the different pictures do not have specific frames around them, but you can still see that they are a different scene. Raschka uses different sized frames on every page. The most significant stylist element of the illustrations used in A Ball for Daisy is the different sizes of the pictures. At the beginning of the story, Raschka uses larger pictures to show how happy Daisy is playing with her ball. He then uses multiple smaller pictures for the stages of Daisy falling asleep and then one big picture of her actually sleeping. There is then one big picture of Daisy about to go to the park, then multiple smaller pictures of her and her owner walking to the park. Next, there is one big picture of Daisy and the other dog with the ball, then smaller pictures of the other dog playing with her ball. Later in the story there are eight pictures of Daisy with her destroyed ball across two pages, which you can read in any order that you chose. There is then a big picture with her owner, and one with Daisy and the popped

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