Author: David Wiesner
Publication Date: 1991
Publisher: Clarion Books
Number of Pages: 29
Awards: Caldecott Medal
Genre/Subgenre: Picture Book/Story without words
On an ordinary Tuesday night, a group of frogs will do something extraordinary: fly.
It is Tuesday night and something amazing has happened: frogs have left their aquatic homes and are flying through the night sky! The frogs fly through neighborhoods, stopping to watch television and confuse someone’s dog. In the morning the frogs return to the water, leaving behind lily pads for police and detectives to ponder over. Next Tuesday, we see that pigs will be the next to fly.
Tuesday is a fun, beautifully illustrated picture book. I think it will capture the imaginations of young readers – who doesn’t want to see frogs flying through the night and having all kinds of adventures? Tuesday doesn’t need words to tell a story – the gorgeous illustrations speak for themselves loud and clear.
Why I Chose the Book:
David Wiesner is an excellent author and illustrator, and I was really interested in the idea of a story without words.
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Book Talk Ideas
Have students or patron illustrate their own page for the story. Have them decide where the frogs should fly and draw it.
1. If you could fly like the frogs in Tuesday, where would you want to go? What do you think is the most fun place the frogs go in the story?
2. At the end of the story, the humans have no idea where all the lily pads came from and pigs are beginning to fly. What do you think the pigs will do when they fly? Why don’t the humans notice the frogs and pigs?
Goodreads (2014). Tuesday by David Wiesner. Retrieved from:
“Tuesday.” NoveList K-8. EBSCO, 01 Jan. 2001. Web. 21 Apr. 2014. <http://0-web.a.ebscohost.com.catalog.sjlibrary.org/novpk8/detail?vid=5&sid=60c4f658-b54e-452e-803c-69b7b290bd9f%40sessionmgr4005&hid=4109&bdata=JnNpdGU9bm92cGs4LWxpdmU%3d#db=njh&UI=116129>.
Wiesner, D (1991). Tuesday. New York, NY: Clarion Books