I have three new wordless picture books to share this week! I hope that everyone who has children in their lives will get to read a few wordless picture books with them this year. It’s such a joyous experience! You might find a few of these interesting.
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Blurb: A Caldecott classic celebrating twenty years in print.
David Wiesner received the 1991 Caldecott Medal for Tuesday. In the years that followed, he went on to receive two more Caldecotts, and Tuesday went on to sell half a million copies in the United States and to be published in a dozen foreign countries. Now, with remarkable advances in the technology of color reproduction, the original artwork for Tuesday is being reproduced anew, for an edition even more faithful to the palette and texture of David Wiesner’s watercolor paintings. The whimsical account of a Tuesday when frogs were airborne on their lily pads will continue to enchant readers of all ages.
David Wiesner is a favorite as you know from some of my previous reviews. He never ceases to amaze me and this book is such a beautiful and magical addition to our collection.
The story begins in the early evening on a Tuesday and all is quiet at the pond. All of a sudden, the frogs begin to levitate on their lily pads and travel into a nearby town. They visit a woman watching TV, a man having a snack, and a dog running through a yard.
The only text in the book is the indication that it’s Tuesday with the time. Children love the watercolor illustrations and their imaginations can run wild with this story because it’s surreal.
The idea of frogs traveling on lily pads is so magical and mysterious. How did they do it, and will they be back again next Tuesday?
Bang by Leo Timmers
Blurb: From the author of ‘The Magical Life of Mr Renny’, this almost-wordless picture book – filled with bright colours, quirky details, car crashes and animal mix-ups – is guaranteed to make pre-schoolers giggle!
I came across this book and thought the illustrations on the cover were so cute. We were looking for another wordless picture book and with this one only having one word in it, we grabbed it. We ended up not really enjoying it that much. The illustrations were neat and interesting, but the story itself fell short and didn’t hold our interest.
It’s basically a series of animals driving in vehicles and they crash one by one into one another. What happens in the story is cute, but it wasn’t captivating and didn’t get us talking about the story like we normally do when looking at wordless books together. This is a pre-school book and I do think it’s good for very young children as it can help with counting, sequence, and colors. The artwork is super colorful.
Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
Blurb: A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?
Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother.
A little girl is leaving school for the day and has to endure a really bad snowstorm on the way home. As she begins her journey, she stumbles upon a wolf pack and a little wolf cub that appears to be scared and lost. She takes the cub along with her on the journey and hears the wolves howling in the distance. Why are they howling? She isn’t sure, but continues to trudge through the stormy weather as she keeps the wolf cub close to her.
As she makes her way home, the weather gets worse and she’s freezing cold. Will she ever make it back to her family? Follow along in the story to see what happens!
The winter scenery in this book is eye-catching and the message it sends is heartwarming. It teaches a lesson of the importance of kindness and helping when needed. It’s definitely going to be added to our home library!
Why I love Wordless Picture Books:
It’s no secret that I LOVE wordless picture books. Here are some reasons why…
- They can promote more discussion than books with words do.
- For early readers, it allows them to read books on their own while retelling the story and developing new vocabulary.
- They help children with story structure and comprehension.
- They can inspire children and help develop writing skills when they write the story out on paper as to how they interpreted it.
There are so many wonderful reasons to read wordless picture books. Sometimes it’s nice to just relax and visually appreciate these books. It can give early readers a break from reading words as well. See what you come up with and compare it to others. I’ve noticed that children can sometimes figure it out before the adults can! So much fun…
Thanks for visiting Wednesday’s Wordless Picture Books! Please feel free to comment with any thoughts or suggestions!