- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Greenwillow Books (May 18, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061721662
- ISBN-13: 978-0061721663
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maggie's Ball Hardcover – May 18, 2010
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PreS—An eager little dog is looking for someone to play with when her ball bounces down a hill into town. A colorful spread shows the park and four buildings set around it, with many children and adults playing and going about their business. Maggie searches for her ball everywhere, circling the town and looking in all the shop windows. The illustrations are bright and big, as is the minimal text, making the oversize book a winner for preschool storytimes as well as for individual perusings where the ample small details will fascinate children. Eventually, Maggie ends up disconsolately resting near a bench occupied by a girl reading—but wait—is there a yellow ball next to the bench? The little girl asks Maggie to play ball with her, and the pup delightedly complies. The pictures of the dog bursting with joy and happiness when she finds her ball and a friend are priceless.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Maggie, an eager chocolate-colored dog with expressive eyes, chases a yellow ball through a small town in this interactive, call-and-response title. Small readers will delight in hunting with her as she cavorts past a market, a pizzeria, a clock shop, and a pet store. Details abound in two-page spreads that have a folk-art feel—a departure for George, whose previous picture books have mostly been done in a realistic style. Small eyes will have to scan closely to tell if the yellow circular objects they see are a ball or simply a pocket watch, a lemon, or a ball of yarn: Is that Maggie’s ball? No. Overviews of the town offer more opportunities to pick out a plethora of circular items (among them a unicycle, hula hoop, and barbells) in a primary-colored sea of activity. The ending features Maggie fetchingly jumping for joy as she teams up with a small girl to play catch. Less challenging than Jean Marzollo's I Spy series, this makes for a good beginning lesson in the fun of concentration. Preschool. --Karen Cruze
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Top Customer Reviews
on each page is limited - just the right length for children being introduced to story lines in a picture book. The illustrations
in combination with the text make this story very easy for a child to follow to the beautiful ending which highlights friendship and sharing.
The story is sweet and simple
The illustrations are large and have interesting detail