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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 200L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061152595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061152597
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—An unnamed boy cheerfully explains his favorite day of the year—Yes Day—as he makes his way through it. He tells readers to watch and see as his every request is granted—pizza for breakfast, hair gel, an ice-cream cone, a food fight, a dinner guest—all that and more. Lichtenheld's bright and funny cartoons bring the story to life, with character expressions that are right on the mark. Endpapers show a calendar filled with familiar and amusing ways to say "no" that are heard on a daily basis, with the exception, of course, on Yes Day. Children will find Rosenthal and Lichtenheld's third collaboration irresistible. Yes!—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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The word no is ubiquitous in kids’ lives. Rosenthal imagines what it would be like if for just one day adults said yes to everything children asked. The young protagonist poses a series of questions, which are answered in humorous illustrations. “Can I use your hair gel?” the child asks. A flip of the page shows the family posing for a photo with the kid’s hair in spiky triangles. The exuberant cartoon drawings take the child through the day, from pizza for breakfast to picking out junk food at the store to staying up really late. Young readers will pick up on a street sign declaring “No saying no.” The highlight of the book comes from the somber blue endpapers, which feature a monthly calendar that names a litany of days including No Way, Jose Day; Don’t Even Ask Day; and Ixnay Ayday (for pig-latinophiles). Sophisticated and clever, the calendar has a splash of yellow on the last day that proclaims “Yes Day!” Preschool-Grade 1. --Patricia Austin

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As an adult, I would love a 'YES DAY'.
Isabella Gentilin
I read it to the K-2 graders in our school library and it was a big hit.
Rose Pawley
I purchased this book for my 5 year old grandson.
Mary Isenhart

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. BUCKLEY on October 15, 2009
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Great book...I know my 5 year old grand daughter will love it! I hope her parents will go along with it...all children need to feel like they have a voice in this world. This is a small way that all of us can help give them the confidence to make good decisions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Isenhart on August 29, 2009
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I purchased this book for my 5 year old grandson. It was a great hit! His mother agreed to a "Yes Day" for him and his 8 year old brother (with restrictions) that was such a success they are going to make it an annual tradition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Isabella Gentilin on June 21, 2010
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'Yes Day' is fun, playful and inspiring for children. It draws on children's imagination, thoughts and ideas about what they would choose to ask for on YES day (if there were one!) It gives children a voice and helps inspire them to think about what they really want...FUN! As an adult, I would love a 'YES DAY'. After reading this wonderful book, I am inspired to begin a "YES DAY" with my children and for myself - once a year!
Isabella Gentilin. Author of 'Whispers of an Angel'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Austin Mom on January 7, 2010
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I thought that maybe our 2-1/2 year old wouldn't quite understand it, but he LOVES it and completely got it. I would recommend this book for older kids, too...probably up to 1st or 2nd graders. He loves that the star of the book is a little boy, too, and I think he feels like it could be him in it. Great book; we also have other Amy Krouse Rosenthal books like Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink, which he also really likes to hear over and over and over and over...you get the idea. As a parent, though, I would only add that when you read this book out loud, you sort of have to fill in the holes for smaller kids because the boy in the book asks questions to which the answer was obviously "yes," but there's no text to that effect. So we used the pictures to help us "tell" the story and describe a bit more about what's going on and now our son can tell it back to us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samara M.D. on March 24, 2013
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I am a big fan of this author, but this book fell a little short. Just not the same quality as her other titles. Great concept....the book just didn't really flow. I did not have much attachment to the characters, as in "Little Pea" or "Plant a Kiss." Just think she could have done better with this one. My daughter still enjoys it, and I think most children probably will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mary greenwood on May 31, 2010
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Author of How to Negotiate Like a Pro: 41 Rules for Resolving Disputesand How to Mediate Like a Pro: 42 Rules for Mediating Disputes

I was reading Yes Day! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld to my three year old grandson, Jack. After reading it to him only once, it is now his favorite book.

The tag line is "What do you call a day when every answer is yes?" The answer is "Yes Day!" There are questions such as: 1) Can I please have pizza for breakfast? 2) Can I clean my room tomorrow? and 3) Can we stay up really late? In the real world outside our book, the answer to such questions usually is "no", but the book advocates saying "yes" on "Yes Day."

The alternatives to "Yes Day" are the thirty-four ways to say "no" such as 1)"No way, Jose Day", 2) "Hands on Hips Day, 3) "Not Today Day," 4)When Pigs Fly Day," and 5) "Read My lips Day". You get the idea. We are so programmed to say "no" that we hardly ever say "yes" anymore.

Yes Day! is a children's book, but it is really geared toward the parents and grandparents, who are reading the book to the kids. They are usually the ones saying "no."

I was thinking that "Yes Day" also has application to adult negotiations. We are conditioned to say "no" to any idea or suggestion that someone else makes. We almost automatically say no to an idea that is not ours. Somehow "no" is much easier to say than "yes" and that continues throughout our lives. Why is that? Is it just easier to use one of the 34 "no" excuses? The people in the "Yes Book" look as though they are having fun by staying up late, having food fights and getting piggy back rides. Maybe we could have more fun saying "yes" more often and we are missing out saying "no" all the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cher on February 2, 2010
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G'kids loved the idea of "yes" day, love to chime in with the answers to the questions, wanted to have an annual "yes" day at their house -- any book that fully engages them like this one gets five stars from me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose Pawley on April 17, 2011
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Yes Day! is a great read aloud book. I read it to the K-2 graders in our school library and it was a big hit. They enjoyed talking about what they would put in the cart at the grocery if they had a Yes Day at home. Could be used in the classroom for writing or drawing their own pictures and stories of a perfect Yes Day in their own lives.
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