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Caldecott Illustration Analysis
Rachael Williams
A Ball For Daisy By Chris Raschka
Published by Schwartz and Wade Books an
imprint of Random House Children’s Books
2012 Ca...
Style
•

Chris Roschka’s style is
impressionism. In chapter 4 of the
Children’s Literature, Briefly they
define impression...
Line

• In this picture the lines on the couch are straight and thick. According to
the book dominant vertical lines creat...
Shape
• Shape is a 2-D form representing
an object (textbook pg. 35).
These shapes can be simple or
complex. This page in ...
Color

If you look at this picture Roschka
chnaged the value of the colors in
the sky. Value is the lightness or
darkness ...
Texture

•

In this picture and all of the others Roschka draws Daisy with a rough outline. The
body is drawn with a wavy ...
Composition
•

In the text book it says that the artist shows composition by arranging the elements on each page,
includin...
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A Ball for Daisy (Caldecott Analysis)

  1. 1. Caldecott Illustration Analysis Rachael Williams
  2. 2. A Ball For Daisy By Chris Raschka Published by Schwartz and Wade Books an imprint of Random House Children’s Books 2012 Caldecott Medal Winner
  3. 3. Style • Chris Roschka’s style is impressionism. In chapter 4 of the Children’s Literature, Briefly they define impressionism as a style that emphasizes light, movement and color over detail (pg 33). This is one of his many pictures with movement. Roschka is portraying Daisy playing with her ball in this picture. It uses a lot of bright colors and as you can see the blue dots in this picture kind of express the movement of Daisy as she is chasing her ball. Also notice the lines on the couch are not straight they are more diagonal which suggests movement according to the book (pg 35).
  4. 4. Line • In this picture the lines on the couch are straight and thick. According to the book dominant vertical lines create a static look. Static means lacking in movement, action, or change. Daisy is tired of playing with her ball in this picture and is taking a break. As you can see the picture is in a sort of chronological order. In the top picture Daisy is sleeping, next, Daisy is yawning as she wakes up and so on. Finally on the bottom, she is once again getting ready to play with her ball. There is very little movement in these picture which is why the lines are vertical.
  5. 5. Shape • Shape is a 2-D form representing an object (textbook pg. 35). These shapes can be simple or complex. This page in the book is simple and straight to the point but the ball in this picture is an angular shape. Angular shapes depict objects built by humans (pg. 35). The ball is one of the “main characters” so to speak of the book and it is man-made (why it is angular). Also notice the shape of the ears on Daisy, her ears are perked up in this picture because she is happy!
  6. 6. Color If you look at this picture Roschka chnaged the value of the colors in the sky. Value is the lightness or darkness of the color, achieved by adding black or white (pg 35 of textbook). Roschka made the color of the sky gloomy because Daisy had popped her ball. She is no longer happy but instead sad. The background is also a solid white, where in a lot of his other pictures it has some yellow, blue and green.
  7. 7. Texture • In this picture and all of the others Roschka draws Daisy with a rough outline. The body is drawn with a wavy line and I think he is trying to depict a 3-D image here. Also if you notice in the top left of the picture there are lines above the ball, and Roschka is trying to show you that the ball is being thrown in the air. In the left picture, the drawing of Daisy on the right has lines underneath her and he is creating texture with those lines to show there is a floor underneath her.
  8. 8. Composition • In the text book it says that the artist shows composition by arranging the elements on each page, including the printed type, the artist tries to obtain an effective balance between unity and variety and creates visual patterns that may be carried on from page to page (pg 36). Throughout the book, Roschka mostly uses the light yellow, blue, and green blotches in the background. He also always has the balls as bright colors because they resemble the happiness of Daisy. All of these pictures are well balanced and show Dais going back and forth while playing.

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