“Chalk by Bill Thomson; published by Marshall Cavendish Corporation; New York; copyright 2010
1. Awards this book has won: This book has not been awarded.
2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for children in prekindergarten through first grade.
3. Summary: One day three children are walking in the rain and they come across a bag of chalk at the playground. As they started drawing their own pictures they began to come to life. The first girl drew a sun and it stopped raining and became sunny. The second girl drew butterflies and they came to life flying all around. The boy then drew a dinosaur and when that came to life the three children became scared, started running through the playground, and hiding. The boy hid in an enclosed slide and with the chalk he still had he drew a cloud with rain. As it began to rain again the dinosaur melted away like the chalk drawings on the ground. The children left the bag of chalk and continued walking.
Review: This books structure is more wide than long so the pictures are very big. The whole story is told through these pictures because there are no words. All of the pictures looked quite realistic and to see the drawings come to life was very cool. The expressions on the children’s faces were very realistic, showing when they were excited, happy, having fun, and even frightened. Young children would probably love this book because they can see children having fun and using their imagination to create pictures that come alive to them.
4. Uses in the classroom:
-Identify the main events in the story
-Have children go outside and draw with chalk
-If they cannot go outside and use chalk, have them draw pictures of their favorite things.
-Have children make up their own narrative for the story.
-Describe the effect created by drawing cartoon characters on real life backgrounds (Is it a positive/negative one and why?)”
My Tag: Wordless Picture Book (a)