2012 Caldecott Award Winner - Schwartz and Wade 2011
A Ball for Daisy, tells the story of a little dog who loses his favorite toy -- a red ball, after a bigger dog destroys it.
The entire story is told without words, using vivid watercolor type illustrations in primary colors like: red, green, yellow, blue, and black on white background. The illustrations do tell the whole story, by expressions of happiness or sadness as you turn each page. I do think that very little children will need some coaching by adults to help them understand what is happening.
The story does have a happy ending. It's a cute book, but award winning quality, -- not so sure.
Ages 3+ - Rating - (4/5 stars)
UNDERGROUND - Finding the Light to Freedom; Shane W Evans
Roaring Book Press - 2011
(Coretta Scott King Winner)
Underground is one family's story of their quest to seek a better life -- a life of "freedom". The story paints a vivid picture, with very few words, about the fear and exhaustion the family faced as they tried to escape from slavery, as well as the kindness of some who helped them along the way.
This would be a great book to introduce young children to the subject of "slavery". The illustrations are very dark in color, as the family begins their escape at night. As the family progresses along their journey toward freedom, the illustrations become brighter in color until the family and the reader can finally see the sun, lifting a baby in the process toward the sky in celebration.
Recommended for Pre-school - grade 3 - (5/5 stars)