Free Fall: David Wiesner

Free Fall

Author/Illustrator: David Wiesner
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
Publication Year: 1988
Brief Summary: A boy’s dreams take him to faraway places and fantastical lands and creatures.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1989′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ‘
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss wordless books — have students take turns telling the story/describing the pictures.  Encourage them to be as detailed as they can.
  • Pay special attention to the last illustration of the book — what does it show us?  (Everything he met in the dream is in and around his bedroom.)
  • Have you had really fantastic dreams where you travel all over the places?  Do you like those kind of dreams?  Why or why not?  Pair with Where the Wild Things Are or other wordless books.  Have children describe what they see in each picture.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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