Hike by Pete Oswald; illustrated by Pete Oswald. 2020. Illustrations are digitally created. Published by Candlewick Press.
Brief summary: A father and his child wake up early and go on a hike into the wilderness enjoying the wilderness they encounter along the way. They stop for lunch and afterward, plant a tree being sure to take a selfie together by it to add to their photo album.
Comments: This story without words moves quickly and cab appeal to all children. The storyline is simple and beautiful to see the father sharing his love of Mother Nature with his child as well as encouraging the youngster to overcome small challenges along the trail.
I always know if it is a book that Pete Oswald creates, it’s going to be a good one.
Dandelion’s Dream by Yoko Tanaka; illustrated by Yoko Tanaka. 2020. Charcoal and digitally colored. Published by Candlewick Press.
Brief summary: Dandelion leaves the meadow of yellow flowers and rides on a train where she continues her journey on the back of a sheep. She keeps traveling until she reaches the city. Dandelion watches a film about airplanes which encourages her dream to ride on a real one. Dandelion changes which allows her to fly to the moon.
Comments: Dandelion is a flower that has four paws, a tail, and a lion’s head. I’ll probably see this character every time I come across a dandelion growing in my yard.
This picture book is a story without words.
One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey by Henry Cole, illustrated by Henry Cole. 2020. Micron Ink Pens. Published by Scholastic Press.
Brief summary: This story without words is illustrated in black and white with the color brown emphasizing the bag as it begins as a tree log being chipped, rolled, and made into a paper bag. Young readers follow a boy and his bag. The bag has a heart added and used as a lunch bag and continues in the growing milestones of the boy gathering more hearts inscriptions as it ages three generations.
Comments: Wow. That is certainly one well-made paper bag. Students could talk about all of the uses they could have with a paper bag. Ask why this bag was saved and reused.
Spencer’s New Pet by Jessie Sima; illustrated by Jessie Sima. 2019. Illustrations rendered in Adobe Photoshop. Published Simon and Schuster.
Brief summary: A boy and his pet balloon dog do everything together being very careful to avoid any sharp objects. The inevitable does happen, but it’s afterwards that is surprising.
Comments: The colors used for this book are black, gray, white, and red. The beginning end pages are the 3-2-1- movie countdown. The book is divided into thirds and done in the silent movie frame style. This is a story without words.
Wordless stories are one of my favorite genres. I would share the book with the students in total silence explaining that the words are happening in our minds as I turn the pages. When the book ends, we then would go page-by-page taking turns of how the story unraveled.
For older students, I would show the book again using an ELMO this time up on the screen while they wrote the story. We would share with a neighbor.