“Awards this book has won: This book has been awarded the Buckeye Children's Book Award, Kentucky Bluegrass Award, and the Connectict Book Award.
Appropriate Grade Level(s): This book is appropriate for children in preschool to fifth grade.
Summary: This book is about three children in the park with a bag of chalk. It begins as a rainy day and as the first child draws a sun, a sun appears in the sky. Whatever the children draw becomes real. The boy draws a tyrannosaurus rex that becomes real. The three children run and hide. The boy then, while hiding draws rain. It begins to rain, washing their drawings away.
Review: This award winning wordless picture book is very unique. I like how the illustrations are very descriptive,realistic and show the children's emotions clearly. The illustrations really stand out and tell a story without words. The book has a attraction that pulls the reader; making them want to turn page after page. This book is something that every child will enjoy and it really plays on the imagination.
Uses in the classroom:
~Identify the major events that happen throughout the book.
~Have children retell the story in their own words.
~Connect art and literature.
~Encourage the use of imagination.
~Activity: Have children draw their own illustrations with chalk.
~Discuss with children on what they would draw if they had magic chalk like in the book.
~Problem Solving Skills. (before showing them how the children in the book solve the tyrannosaurus rex problem ask them how they would solve it themselves)”
““Chalk” by Bill Tomson; published by Marshall Cavendish Corporation; New York, copyright 2010
1. Awards the book has received: None.
2. Appropriate grade level(s): 1st grade and up.
3. Summary: Three children are walking in the rain when they come to a playground. There is a dinosaur seesaw with a bag of chalk in its mouth. The children start drawing pictures with the chalk, and the drawings soon come to life. Once the children draw a dinosaur, they have to do some quick thinking in order to stop their dinosaur drawing from harming them.
Review: I think the artwork in the book is absolutely amazing, the illustrator used traditional acrylic painting and colored pencils to achieve the pictures. The idea that what you draw could possibly come to life is unique and very interesting. I liked that when the children got into trouble with their drawing, and then found a solution. I also enjoyed that throughout the book you understand what is going on by the expressions of the children. I think the illustrator did a fantastic job at capturing emotion.
4. Uses in the classroom:
-Identify the major events that happen in the book.
-Have students draw out things with chalk on black paper that they would want to come to life.
-Have the students tell the story through their words.
-Have the students continue to story and make prediction as to what will happen next.
“This book is about 3 friends who go to the park on a rainy day where they find a small bag full of chalk. The friends soon find out that the chalk is magical, bringing their drawings to life. They change the rainy day to a beautiful sunny their imagination is palpable. The story takes a turn when the young boy decides to create a huge dinosaur, the three then have to put their heads together to figure out a way to stop the madness they created. I truly enjoyed this book. The illustrations were AMAZING and the story line was very easy to follow.
Buckeye Children's Book Award 3-5 (2011)
Connecticut Book Award (Children's Illustrator) (2011)
IRA-CBC Teacher's Choice (2011)
Kentucky Bluegrass Book Award (2012)
American Library Association(ALA) Notable Book for Children's Book (2011)
Grade Level: ages 3-5 preschool
-connect art and literature
“1. Awards this book has won: This book has not won any awards.
2. Appropriate grade level(s): Kindergarten-2nd Grade
3. Summary: While splashing in the puddles, three young children stumble upon a navy blue gift bag, decorated with gold stars and hanging from the mouth of a dinosaur toy. The children remove the bag to find it completely filled with pieces of chalk in all sizes and colors. Excited about their discovery, the children immediately begin drawing pictures on the blacktop. However, these were not ordinary pieces of chalk. After the children would draw their picture, whatever they would draw would come to life! When they drew a picture of the sun, an actual sun came out of the ground and rose to the sky amongst the clouds, and when they drew pictures of butterflies, actual butterflies appeared out of the blacktop and started flying around them. But when the young boy decided to draw a picture of a dinosaur, a very large dinosaur, with sharp teeth and claws, rose from the ground and chased them around the park. In fear, the children found shelter from the harmful creature in a nearby enclosed slide, when suddenly the young man came up with an idea. He drew a picture of a rain cloud on the side of the side and sure enough, it began to rain; erasing the chalk sidewalk drawings, along with the large dinosaur.
Review: The illustrations throughout the book are incredibly detailed and very realistic; almost as if they were photographs instead of illustrations. Before the children draw on the sidewalk, there is a small square picture with a chalk border, showing the reader what piece of chalk the child has chosen. I think this allows the readers to understand what is going on in the story, by breaking the illustrations down into different series of events. Instead of just showing the reader that the child is drawing a picture, they show them that before they draw the picture, they have to choose what piece they would like to draw with. I believe that this story teaches children to think before their actions. Instead of the child drawing the picture of the dinosaur and putting their lives in danger, they should have thought about what might happen if they were to draw the picture beforehand.
4. Uses in the classroom:
-Have a group activity where the children draw using chalk
-Discuss different tips on park safety
-Explain what the setting of the story is and what details show the setting
-Identify the main events of the story
“1. Awards: none
2. Grade level: this book is appropriate for children in prekindergarten or not yet in school.
3. Summary: Three children take a trip to the park on a rainy day. They stumble upon a dinosaur toy in the park with a bag caught on its teeth. In this bag the children discover a couple pieces of chalk. The children begin drawing on the ground different pictures like the sun. When they draw these pictures the images come to life. The sun comes out and it turns into a beautiful day. The children draw butterflies and everything is coming to life. The little boy draws a picture of the dinosaur toy they found the bag on and that also comes to life. The children have to run away and hide from the dinosaur. One of the children gets the idea to draw rain clouds and when they do it starts raining in real life. This rain washes away all of their drawing along with the dinosaur. The children put their rain coats back on and begin to head home but before they do they put the chalk back in the bag and hang it up where they found it not wanting to cause any more trouble.
4. Review: This picture book is very relatable to children with its realistic pictures of children. A child would be able to relate to it because of the real events taking place. Every child always looks for something to do on a rainy day and when an opportunity presents itself, like a bag of chalk, the children with so with it what they please. This book allows children to see how they can use their imaginations to turn a rainy day into a close call with dinosaurs.
5. -good for quiet reading time -can be brought outside to draw with chalk. -can be reenacted ”
“Thomson, Bill. Chalk. New York: Marshall Cavendish Children, 2010. Print.
1. Awards this book has won: Buckeye Children's Book Award for 3-5 (2011), Connecticut Book Award (Children's Illustrator) (2011), IRA-CBC Teacher's Choice (2011), Kentucky Bluegrass Book Award (2012), American Library Association (ALA) Notable Book for Children's Book (2011)
2.Appropriate grade level: prekindergarten to second grade
3. Summary: While walking in the rain, three children find a toy dinosaur with a bag in its mouth. The bag is holding chalk, and the children soon come to find out that it is magical chalk. Everything that they draw comes to life. One of the children draws a draws a dinosaur, and once they realize their mistake, one of the children draws rain clouds, so the dinosaur will melt away and they will be safe again. The children decide to leave the chalk where they found it so somebody else can play with it.
Review: The book allows for lots of creativity and imagination. It allows for lots of expression.The pictures are lifelike and add more detail and expression to the drawings that the children create.There is even a modern racial representation, with one girl being african american, another girl being asian, and the boy being caucasian.
4.uses in the classroom:
-Children can be asked to imagine what they would draw if it could come to life
-Children can also be asked how they would escape from the dinosaur or something else big and scary if someone drew it and it came to life.
-Teachers could expand on the things that came to life in the book such as the clouds and weather, butterflies, and dinosaurs
“Chalk by Bill Thomson; published by Two Lions; Copyright 2010.
1. Awards this book has won: Buckeye Children's Book Award (Ohio) (January 2012: Grades 3-5, winner) Kentucky Bluegrass Award (June 2012: K-2, winner) Connecticut Book Award (September 2011: Children's Illustrator, winner)
2. Appropriate grade levels: This book is appropriate for children in prekindergarten to fifth grade.
3. Summary: Three children go to the park on a rainy day with a bucket of chalk. One child decides to draw a sun because she wishes the rain would go away. Suddenly, the sun came to life from her drawing and floated into the sky. Then the children draw pictures of butterflies and they came to life as well. Then the boy decided to draw a picture of a dinosaur. The dinosaur came to life and the children were afraid. The children are hiding in the playground and the one boy decided to draw a picture of rain on the slide where he was hiding. Suddenly, it began raining and the dinosaur slowly disappears.
Review: Chalk by Bill Thomson is my favorite wordless picture book because the story is very creative. I never read anything like this before. I really liked the story line because art really can come to life on paper by being so realistic. This story literally made the pictures that the children created come alive which I thought was a fun idea. The illustrations in this book are very clear, bright, and realistic. Children will really like this book because it allows the children to use their imaginations. I will use this book in my classroom someday because it is a way to show children how to create a complete story.
4. Uses in the classroom:
• Discuss the events that occurred throughout the story
• Draw a picture (using chalk, crayons, pencil, etc.) of something that you wish could come to life when you drew it and explain why
• Write one thing you like about nature and one thing you dislike
• Introduce different types of weather (sun, rain, clouds, temperature, etc.)
• Discuss the importance of having adult supervision
• Do science projects and activities about dinosaurs
• Write or draw a picture of a time when you did something that you enjoyed with your friends. State what you did and why you enjoyed it
• Find the different colors used in the book and use a crayon to draw something in the same color as what you found
• Write or draw a picture of your reaction to the story
“This is another book to share with younger kiddo's who are learning to picture read. This is a fun magical book of chalk making drawings come to life. The kiddo's love this story.”Mrs.Shamhart wrote this review Tuesday, August 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love reading, so some might find it strange I get so much pleasure out of wordless picture books. But I figure it only pays homage to the illustrator to conduct a great story without writing a word. David Wiesner has done it, and Thomson can certainly spin a yarn as well. Here is the magical adventure of some children who find some mysterious chalk and, in the way of kids, don't question the origin but set to drawing... only to run into trouble as the drawings come to life. The illustrations burst with color and the expressions are note-perfect. The pace of the wordless story? Perfect and will keep kids eagerly turning the pages. Wonderful book.”Backroads wrote this review Thursday, July 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“CHALK is a wordless picture book. The pictures “tell” an imaginative tale of a bag of chalk that is discovered on a playground. Whatever the children draw comes to life. You can imagine what happens when someone draws a T-Rex! You’ll have to check this book out to see how the kids solve this problem. I believe CHALK is the TUESDAY (by David Wiesner) of this generation of school kids. I’ve had the honor to met Bill Thomson when he did a presentation at the elementary school where I work. He is an amazingly talented illustrator and gave a wonderful presentation. I would suggest checking out Bill's website and booking him to visit your child’s school (or yours if you are a teacher).”Jonas wrote this review Monday, July 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No