Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My Many Colored Days

My Many Colored Days is written by the one and only Dr. Seuss and with illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. The target audience of this picture book is kindergarten through second grade students.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Summary: This fun rhyming book highlights the different emotions people can feel on any given day and explains that it is okay to feel different emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger, and many more. Ultimately, you are still always you and it is natural to feel different feelings.
This is a traditional Dr. Seuss book with the clever rhyming and catchy phrases and an underlying message that speaks to the reader. But overall it shies away from the made up fantasy worlds typically seen from Dr. Seuss with the crazy characters and made up words. This book highlights more on issues that a reader can really relate to on a daily basis, specifically emotions. I think it really speaks to younger students that it is okay to different emotions. It is normal to feel sad, happy, and angry just as the books shows. It is all part of life and students need to understand how to cope. This book displays the different emotions through the illustrations as well. For example, when the book talks about being sad and blue, the illustrations are blue and darker colored to show that that’s might how people feel. The overall message is really important as well. Even though people go through different feelings in the end you are still you. Students might feel timid and scared that they feel a certain way but it is important to explain that you are still you. Another great aspect about the illustrations is that they are also illustrated with animals as well as pictures of people. The animals are kid friendly and are related to the emotions as well, which also helps students relate and understand the story better.
Student can do an activity along with this book by creating their own drawing or painting of how they are feeling. They can represent their feelings with different colors, symbols, and ideas that allow them to be creative and express their feelings. Students sometimes need to be exposed to different outlets to express their emotions and art can be a fantastic way. 
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