Puddle

by Jackson, Richard, 1935-

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary


A surprising, universal, and gorgeously illustrated story about self-acceptance, love, friendship, and the joy of embracing different perspectives, this beautiful picture book by acclaimed author Richard Jackson and two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka presents a puddle with a distinct point of view.

Puddle sits despondently in the playground, observing the world around her as she is dimpled by rain, splashed by shoes, piddled on by a poodle, bounced by a basketball, and stirred up by an inquisitive seagull. But when the sun makes a sudden appearance, Puddle meets an admiring new friend who lifts her spirits and makes her feel loved.

Richard Jackson's playful text shines with rhythm, repetition, and surprising turns of phrase, and Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka's luminous paintings achieve the impossible--oh, sweet Puddle!

A memorable story of friendship, love, and changing your point of view.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A disgruntled rain puddle has trouble appreciating her own value. Calling herself Puddle the Pudge, she admires her sweet, smaller brothers and sisters. In a series of interactions, a seagull takes a sip, children run through, and a wet poodle relieves itself. When the sun comes out, however, the little puddles quickly dry up, and Puddle is left alone. As a group of children head back inside their school after recess, they notice something amazing about the puddle: a rainbow reflecting in the water. One girl with dark skin and hair gives the puddle a hug of sorts, reaching her arms around it in appreciation. Though it appears simple, the book is quite complex and thoughtful. As young readers sympathize with the puddle's unhappiness, they may articulate their own feelings of disappointment or joy. The text takes the point of view of the puddle with rich vocabulary that creates images such as rain dimpling and the dog piddling the puddles. Masterful watercolor and gouache illustrations, artfully conveying what is reflected in the puddle, are enhanced by an effective book design and creative use of fonts. Vibrant, unusual, and beautiful, this deep Puddle is, indeed, a sight to see. --Lucinda Whitehurst Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In quirky verse with splashes of wordplay, Jackson (A Kiss for Akaraka) gives voice to the emotional life of a sensitive puddle. It's deeper than the puddles around it ("It's no fun/ being the deep one"), and, as the thoughtful often are, it's self-conscious. A seagull lands in it, a sneaker stomps through it, and-worst of all-a poodle makes a pit stop. "''No piddle,' Puddle cries. 'No, NO!''" But it's too late. "Did they see,/ all the others?" it agonizes. Then something most unexpected happens, a miraculous something that makes schoolchildren on their way home stop and gaze with amazement at the puddle's surface-one even offers the puddle a gesture of love. With bold, free strokes of watercolor and gouache, Raschka (New Shoes) paints life at puddle level, observing its surface splashed by raindrops, disturbed by pedestrians, and illuminated by what's above it. Some objects are really in the water, while others are just reflections. Stories about worried children amid daily ordeals abound. Jackson finds a new way to say that anxiety isn't fixed by worrying; instead, sometimes it changes into joy all on its own Ages 4-8. Illustrator's agent: Brenda Bowen, Greenburger Assoc. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Puddles -- Juvenile fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Juvenile fiction.
Puddles -- Fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :Greenwillow Books,2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors Raschka, Christopher, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
ISBN 9780062651952
0062651951
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