Caldecott award winner announced
The American Library Association has awarded the 2012 Caldecott Medal to Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy. This medal is awarded annually to the illustrator of the "most distinguished American picture book for children, published in the United States, during the preceding year."
In a wordless book with gentle, dreamlike spreads, Daisy, a feisty, black-eared dog, plays with a beloved red ball indoors and out, before a climactic encounter with another dog in the park. Raschka conveys a bevy of canine moods (ecstatic, expectant, downtrodden) with brush strokes reminiscent of calligraphy, while the red ball adds striking contrast. When a brown dog causes the ball to pop, Daisy’s forlorn expression turns gleeful as the same brown dog reappears with a blue ball, letting Daisy take it home. Readers should relate to Daisy’s sadness over the loss of her treasured object while understanding that such losses can sometimes lead to unexpected gains--maybe even a friend. Ages 3–7.