“Awards this book has received: N/A
Appropriate grade level(s): PreK -3
Summary: This is a story about three children who are walking in the rain past a park. The see a dinosaur with a star and moon bag in its mouth, they look inside and see sidewalk chalk. The one little girl takes out a yellow chalk and draws the sun and it comes to life and shines bright in the sky. The next little girl takes out an orange chalk and draws butterflies. The monarch butterflies come to life filling the sky. The last little boy takes out a green chalk and draws a dinosaur. The dinosaur comes to life as a Tyrannosaurus Rex and chases them on the playground. Two of the little children hide in the slide. The little boy has a blue chalk and draws a storm cloud. It starts to rain and washes the T-Rex away. The children place the star and moon bag back in the dinosaur’s mouth and leave the park.
Review : This is a great book for children the picture are so vibrant and look almost 3D. The magic of the chalk will keep any child turning the page.
Uses in classroom:
• Give each child a piece of black paper and a piece of chalk of the color they choose and have them draw a picture of what they would want to come to life.
• Discuss monarch butterflies and dinosaurs.
• For younger children have them point out the colors of the chalk.
““Chalk" by Bill Thomson; published by Amazon Children's Publishing; New York; copyright 2010
1. Awards this book has won: This book has received the Buckeye Children's Book Award (Ohio), the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, and the Connecticut Book Award
2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for children in prekindergarten through first grade.
3. Summary: On a rainy day, three kids are walking through a park when suddenly they discover a bag of chalk in a park. They each take a piece and begin to draw on the sidewalk. One of the girls draws a sun. Out of nowhere, the sun lifts out of the pavement and floats high up into the sky, sending the clouds away. Out of amazement the other children began to draw too. The drew butterflies that fluttered away in the sun. The little boy, draws something lard and scary, a dinosaur. Before they know it, there is a shadow cast over them and a dinosaur begins chasing them. They run to hide in the jungle gym, in the tunnels and slides, under the bridges. The dinosaur follows. The boy suddenly has an idea! He begins to draw a rainy cloud. The sky fills up with dark storm clouds and the rain. It washes away their art, including the dinosaur. They put the chalk back and continue to walk the park, curious of what had happened.
Review: This book has some of the most vibrant pictures I've ever seen. The detail put into every drawing is surely why it has won so many awards. The illustrations are very realistic. The storyline is very realistic in the beginning but then takes the reader into a magical story. The use of the dinosaur is very appropriate for the age group the story is aimed at.
4. Uses in the classroom:
-Identify what is occurring in the illustrations.
-Draw on black paper with chalk.
-Think/Pair/Share and experience of a drawing with chalk outside.
“"Chalk" by Bill Thomson. Published by Marshall Cavendish Corporation; New York, 2010.
1. Awards this book has won: None.
2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for children in kindergarten through second grade.
3. Summary: It was a rainy day, two girls and a boy go to a park and find a bag fill with chalk of different colors. The children use the chalk to draw pictures and like magic they started to come to life. The boy was a bit more adventurous, he draw a dinosaur! Well, it came to life too and started chasing the children. However, the children were very smart and soon found to a way to get rid of the dinosaur. Be careful what you wish for, it may just come true!
4. Review: "Chalk" by Bill Thomson is a wordless picture book that has extremely realistic illustrations. What I loved about the book was the concept of using the work of the child (drawing) to create magic. Especially during kindergarten, first and second grade, when children are still adapting to a different world. The drawings are amazing and that dinosaur was scary. I would definitely recommend to read it in pairs or groups because the drawings could be a bit strong for young children.
5. Uses in the classroom:
1. In small groups or pairs discuss "what would you draw and why?"
2. Talk or write about experiences that have made the children feel scare and advices (from classmates)on the matter.
3. Talk about the importance of respecting other people's property.
4. Draw or write a descriptive paragraph about the perfect day at the park.
5. Visit the park!
6. Thematic unit on dinosaurs.
“A wonderful wordless book about a group of friends, a bag of sidewalk chalk, and a playground. Great for any students as an oral language, creative writing, and artistic lesson - endless possibilities!
“Creative - imaginative”Michele wrote this review Tuesday, January 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This wordless picture books shows children at a playground on a rainy day. They find chalk and draw on the pavement. What they draw comes to life including a dinosaur that disappears when they draw the rain that washes it away. It appears to be an urban setting, and the two girls and boy are of different races. They learn to work together as they celebrate the happy drawings (the sun and butterflies) and run in fear of the scary dinosaur.
I would use this book with early elementary school students to teach the elements of a story and to encourage non-readers, struggling readers and strong readers alike to participte in telling the story that unfolds on the pages without words. It also shows teamwork and problem solving. Not to mention, it is creatively told and invites them to use their imaginations, much like Harold and the Purple Crayon. The artwork is compelling and the expressions on the children's faces invite them to discuss their emotions.”
“This is one of E's favorites!”E.& L. Eisan wrote this review Thursday, October 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Cannon loved this book. I was worried it would be a little scary, but he enjoyed it all.”Cannon S wrote this review Monday, October 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this book for young reader's who may not have learned to read. It allows them to venture on a trip to the park and use chalk to allow a brand new world to come alive!.
ages 3-5. This simple text is one that will force the children to use all visualization skills. They will read a few words that will set up the experience and then the pictures will fill their brains. They will create their own words for what they are seeing and each child will have a different take on what they are reading. The children should create their own picture book so that they can force the reader to find their own meaning.”
“Although this is a wordless picture book, I would say that this would be a book for older children. I would probably use this book for first or second grade because it is very abstract. This would be a great book to use to help children develop critical thinking skills. The story is easy enough for children to follow but may become confusing for younger children as the line between fantasy and reality is not very clear. However, it would be useful for older children to give them the opportunity to try to distinguish the difference between fantasy and reality and use their imaginations. I would use this book personally for that purpose and also this book could be tied into a unit about fantasy and even a unit where children have to write their own fantasy story. ”Katie Tyson wrote this review Thursday, September 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No