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My Many Colored Days Hardcover – August 20, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
My daughters' reaction to this book has been tremendous. My older daughter (4 y.o.) wants to linger on each page to examine the art while my younger daughter (10 mos.) tries to feel the texture of the paint. I can see their faces reacting to the feelings suggested by each color and rhyme. We don't have many children's books that are 'illustrated' in a manner as poignant as this book (but we have an extensive library which most of the classics). Yet despite the 'message' it is never preachy - just a matter-of-fact statement that we all have emotions and they are all OK. Seuss provides the images as a frame of reference to help kids understand and explain them, which is especially helpful for little ones who haven't yet developed the vocabulary and reasoning to figure it out for themselves.
The best benefit is not necessarily even for kids to understand themselves, but to help kids understand grow-ups' moods - why mommy is tired after a long day at work, or why daddy is frustrated when he burns dinner, etc. I can just tell my daughters that I am in a 'grey' mood for a while, and all becomes crystal clear!
The book is obviously inspired by the common sentence you've heard many times, "I'm feeling blue today."
"Some days are yellow.
Some are blue.
On different days
I'm different too."
how many ways
I change on Different
Most colors are also associated with an animal. Red is a horse kicking up its heels. Brown is a bear, "slow and low." On a yellow day, "I am a busy, buzzy bee." On a green day, he's a "cool and quiet fish." On a happy pink day, he's a flamingo! On black days, he becomes a howling wolf. He even has mixed-up days, when he is several colors at once (disguised as a cut-out cookie of a person).
He's reassuring, as always, in the end.
"But it all turns out all right,
And I go back to being me."
The paintings in the book are remarkable for the simple, fundamental images they represent . . . both building on and adding to our mental archetypes. They also use color and shape well to create a mood over two colorful pages.Read more ›
Note to teachers: This is a fantastic book to discuss emotions and feelings. I teach kindergarten and we do a lot of discussion about emotions and feelings and how to handle them. This book is a great way to begin that type of discussion. Also, it is great when working with color words because a different color day is on each page. I usually incorporate both into the same week.
With Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher's wonderfully artistic illustrations this book is set apart from traditional Seuss books. That's not a bad thing either. The illustrations are nearly perfect artistic creations to match Seuss' particular mood he is trying to convey with the message that you will be a different type person sometimes depending on the day and mood. The colors are bright and intriguing reminding me of a mix between Marc Chagall and Keith Haring. My favorite is the description of purple days, "On Purple Days I'm sad. I groan. I drag my tail. I walk alone." There is a small forlorn purple brontosaurus in the upper right hand corner on a field of white. Across the picture is a purple trail forlornly painted by the forlorn dragged tail with streaks that emphasize the mood. Beautiful and poignant.
What's even better, especially when my son hones his language skills, is the message the book carries. It's OK to experience different emotions...just because you feel a certain way at times doesn't mean it's permanent. Like happiness and sorrow together, this too shall pass, "Then comes a mixed-up day and wham! I don't know who or what I am? But it all turns out all right you see. And I go back to being...me."
The illustrations as well as the font and text layout all go to bolster the wonderful message of this book...a book for all ages, all colored days and all times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whether a child or an adult this permits validation of ALL feelings and can serve as either a major meditation activity or introduce a therapy session.Published 37 minutes ago by Lady Marion
The book itself is wonderful. However, I thought this version would be a board book. This version has a paper overlay on the cover with cutouts in it and the back of this overlay... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa Jordan
Dr Seuss fan !!! I love this book because it explains mood disorder concept in format where children can relate, I find myself looking each morning and starting with my color and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by christi gross
Shipping was super quick!!
I read this book during Dr. Seuss week and my 1st grade students loved this book!
This was sent to my daughter to use with kids in teaching music and feelings. She also has the dvd. It did arrive on time too.Published 2 months ago by Lavonne Pockat
I love this book! My kids have trouble talking about their day. They usually say "I don't know" or "I don't remember" but now we can refer to a color and it has... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrea S. Christie
What a wonderful purchase for a toddler. My little one wants to read it over and over. Doesn't dwell on emotions and is a very colorful book. Just enjoyable to read and look at.Published 2 months ago by Wendy Emslie