Tuesday (Caldecott Medal Book)

by David Wiesner

Hardcover, 1991



Local notes

E Wie


Clarion Books (1991), Edition: Library Binding, 32 pages


Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.



Original language


Original publication date


Physical description

32 p.; 10.5 inches


0395551137 / 9780395551134





User reviews

LibraryThing member Whisper1
Whimsical, imaginative and highly creative, Wiesner tells a tale in images with very sparse text, used only to designate the time frame of the magical event.

Long about Tuesday, round eight, the frogs magically float and fly on their lilly pads.

Large in size, some have serious expressions, while others show glee at their new found abilities.

More than a tad mischievous, they swoop down on laundry hanging on the wash line, chase and scare the bejesus out of a dog, chasing him throughout town.

In short, they are having a blast with their new found talent.

As evening turns to morn and they return to their ponds, the town is mystified at the discovery of large lilly pads littering the environment.

Next Tuesday, long about 7:58 p.m., pigs are tumbling. flying and soaring through the air.

This is a laugh out loud book! I'm in awe not only because Wiesner is so highly talented, but obviously there is a strong sense of humor that bubbles up to the surface.
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LibraryThing member r13
Tuesday is a Caldecott award winner without many words! Kids learn the importance of words, or lack therof, as they have to rely on pictures to understand.
LibraryThing member dchaves
Oh how wonderful. Tuesday is my favorite day for imagination. Even the pigs fly!
LibraryThing member cmiersma
Every Tuesday at around 8pm, something mysterious happens. This Tuesday, out from a pond a bunch of frogs fly around on their lily pads exploring the town till daybreak. There is no dialog in this story, only illustrations. The story ends when the next Tuesday rolls around and a group of pigs begin to have the same adventure.
This book is an excellent example of a fantasy because the events that take place could never take place in the real world. Different animals flying every Tuesday could never take place on earth, but the story takes place on earth.
A teacher could use this book to practice appreciative listening. Students could have the story read to them and then go and draw pictures of other animals flying.
The illustrations in this book are extremely necessary for the plot and setting of this book. Since there is no dialog, the pictures are the only way for readers to know what the storyline is. This book has also won the Caldecott award for the quality of the illustrations.
Media: Oil Paints
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LibraryThing member shelbyweryavah
Tuesday evening, a turtle notices some more than fishy business going on at the swamp. It was froggy business to be exact. These frogs turn UFO! They torment all the birds and a dog. A man thinks he is crazy while having a midnight hotdog. They even take over an older lady’s living room to watch television while she is sleeping. The police find themselves with a hard case of lily pad evidence on Wednesday morning. If anyone needs to know, pigs fly next Tuesday.

I love this book! I could never find a book that was a “real” picture book. I love how you can create the story with your own imagination.

The students and I will each create our own story using mainly pictures like this story. We will make each story into a bound book and present them to the class. If there are any words in the stories, they have to be from previous and present spelling words.
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LibraryThing member al04
This is a great example of myth because the story is portrayed as if animals come alive and adventure out into the sky every tuesday night when in reality they don't.
Tuesday is a mediocre example of setting because the background was shown through pictures and was described only with minor detail. The frogs flew through many settings but none was throughouly described beside the one picture the reader saw.… (more)
LibraryThing member kirkonly
Tuesday is a book about frogs flying on lily pads at night. It is just a picture book with no words, but you go on an imagination journey!!

As a reader this book is GREAT!!!! I love the illustrations and that there are no words to the story. You make up your own in your head while looking at the pictures. This story is funny and cool and the same time!!!

As a teacher this book is a writing workshop dream!! You can have the kids write their own story to go along with the pictures or you can do it as a class. I like it a lot. RECOMMENDED
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LibraryThing member lp118825
I thouimagination and creavitiy the author put into this book. Who would have thought to make a book about flying frogs.ght this book was so cool! Both of boys love to look at frogs, just not touch them. I loved the
LibraryThing member smyers
Written in 1991, receiving the Caldecott for the watercolor illustrations throughout the book. While at night, the frogs in the story venture out into the neighborhood investigating the humans. While one would think the frogs would simply hop around, these frogs jump on their lily pad and float around the town.
I personally didn't care for the book. The illustrations were nice, but it was a bit off the wall for me.
As a classroom extension, I could use this book to draw on my students imagination as to what they think will happen next, and to draw their own "Tuesday" book from their own ideas they get from the book. The students could be asked what is going to happen next? Also, with the few hints as to the time, the students could be asked questions in regards to telling time, or showing that time on a clock, or even drawing the time on a circle.
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LibraryThing member rslynch
Even though this is a picture book, it still tells a great story. The pictures are beautiful as well.
LibraryThing member ampitcher
a super awesome book to spark the imagination in a creative book
LibraryThing member alswartzfager
This book does not have any words. It only has times and then pages of pictures. This would be a great book to have a classroom discussion and let the childrens imaginations run wild! Everyone can talk about what they think the pictures mean and what they think is going on in this book.
LibraryThing member ccondra
Have the students illustrate and write about what they think that animals do at night. Then have them read their explanation in class.
LibraryThing member cry6546
This Caldecott winning book is wordless except for the time and day of the week. At night, frogs fly on their lilly pads through out town while everyone is sleeping. In the morning, the frogs return home and seem to be bored while the townspeople are awake. At the end of the story, the illustrations depict the shadows of pigs flying away on the following Tuesday.

I love this story because it is left to your own imagination. The illustrations are what tells the whole story so ever person who reads the book will have a different perspective of the book.

One great activity could be to write a story for the illustrations. Another idea could be to create an illustration book of what will happen to the pigs the next Tuesday or even what will happen on a following Tuesday.
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LibraryThing member MadalynN
Tuesday is mainly a picture book. It starts out “Tuesday evening, around eight.” The pictures illustrate frogs flying around, in and out of houses, watching TV., getting into mischief and finally ending up back at home in their pond. It gave a few times throughout the book. The book ended with pigs starting to fly on the next Tuesday at 7:58.

This was a very unique book. I liked it because it gave students the opportunity to have their own story going on in the heads and not just reading the book word for word. It will let them use there imagination to the fullest. The pictures were very busy so it helped me get more into the story line. I remember as a child going to this one park. There were hundreds of frogs everywhere. You had to be careful where your next step would be or you would mush one. There were even tadpoles in the merry-go-rounds puddles.

My students would be instructed to research frogs; what they eat, where they live, reproduction, etc. Then we would discuss our findings in class. This would be for older students to understand more about amphibians. For a younger group of children, I would have them write in their own words what they think is going on in each picture. As an additional activity, I would plan a field trip to either a zoo or park so the students would be able to see it for themselves.
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LibraryThing member francescadefreitas
Fantastic art - in this book of very few words, frogs suddenly lift off, and eerily float through the world exploring. Every page has some hilarious detail, I love the frog who ignores the lure of the television for that of landscape art.
The realistic pictures are a delightful contract to the fantastic subject - each frog has personality oozing out its pores.… (more)
LibraryThing member aMylp85
"Tuesday" has very few words, it is told almost completely through the illustrations. The first picture lets you know that it is Tuesday around 8 p.m. then there are 3 pictures that are like a zoom in shot of a movie. The pictures are of a turtle that looks as if he anticipates something exciting happening. Then frogs begin to take off on their lilly pads. They fly all around town (all night long) they even go through peoples houses. The story ends with them all not being able to fly, but there are lilly pads all over town and it is being investigated. The next Tuesday something happens with the pigs at around the same time of night.

I liked this book. I used to be an art major so illustrations really speak to me. This book was beautifully illustrated. I especially liked the illustration of the frog changing the channel by using his tounge to press the buttons on the remote.

You could use this book in an art lesson to discuss how powerful illustrations can be. You could also use it in a writing lesson and have the children come up with their own stories based on the illustrations.
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LibraryThing member renee.sutter
This is another awesome wordless picture book in this story weird things begin to happen on Tuesdays around 8. As is necessary with any wordless book the pictures tell the story. I loved his illustrations of flying frogs.
LibraryThing member dylantanner
Tuesday around 8 frogs start floating from the swamp. As more and more descend on a quiet town magical events happen Weisner style.
As morning breaks the placid fliers return to the swamp as if nothing ever happened.

Wordless Picture Book

I love David Weisner so much. His details are so subtle and hilarious, there is a sense of magic but not at the expense of play.

Students in our room flock to Weisner's books, and love pouring over them to see all the extras. It's not uncommon to see a kid authentically start laughing out loud during SSR reading one of his books.
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LibraryThing member baachan
Oh my goodness, David Wiesner RARELY if EVER does anything wrong. This is yet another one of his home-runs. Tuesday tells the story, entirely in pictures. The only text is this: "Tuesday, around 8" and then "Next Tuesday, around 8." an And the rest of the pages are entirely taken up with his illustrations. He doesn't need any more text than what he's included. Frogs realize they can fly and then begin to exploit their new found ability. Several of my favorite illustrations are: 1) the frogs gathered in one older woman's living room, watching tv in the tv-cathode blue glow 2) the dog sniffing the lilypad the morning after being chased by the frogs, a frustrated, aggressive expression on his face. 3) The last images of the frogs in the book, when they look disgruntled and nearly livid at not being able to fly any longer. Wiesner has an amazing grasp on facial expressions, even when he is depicting animals. Again, lovely watercolors, imaginative plot, yup, classic Wiesner! Recommended for purchase for all collections!… (more)
LibraryThing member mickmyster13
The art is this book is so fantastic! How cool would it be to fly around at night on a lily pad! I would like to read this to a class and have them paint a picture of what they saw at night when they were flying around town.
LibraryThing member lpsinterpreter
This was a great imaginary book about happenings on tuesday nights when no one is looking. Because this is a book about night, the illustrations are very subtle. I think this book is a great way for the students to let their imagination run wild.

I enjoyed this simple book. I think books do not have to have a lot of text to hold your interest.

An activity for the children would be for them to explain what they are seeing on the page. They could also predict what they think will happen the next Tuesday night.
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LibraryThing member temorrison
This is a wonderful picture book! It does not have a lot of words, but it begins with Tuesday evening around 8. The pictures then tell a story of a group of frogs that know how to have fun. They go into a town and just have blast. They even change the tv channel of a granny who is sleeping on the couch.
LibraryThing member carrie.murphy
Tuesday is a picture book that makes you really take time on each picture. There are scenes that will keep you guessing like the pages with floating frogs that makes it fun for readers to create their own story.
LibraryThing member mhackman
After dark, frogs fly across the city on lily pads causing a commotion. The last page shows pigs flying.






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