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My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood Hardcover – March 7, 2013
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K-Gr 2-A boy describes each of the varying emotions he experiences in terms of color. Listening to music puts him in a purple kind of mood, while being evicted from the couch by his two bossy older brothers makes him feel gray. When his little sister asks him to draw a dragon, a gentle green feeling comes over him, which turns black when his siblings snatch the picture and tease: "Awww-it's cwayon time." The book could be paired with Dr. Seuss's My Many Colored Days (Knopf, 1996), which specifically discusses colors as they relate to moods, or Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry, Really Really Angry (Scholastic, 1999), in which the palette reflects Sophie's changing emotions. Evans's digital collage illustrations, created with oil paints and graphite, effectively convey the mood/color correlation, although the shape of the children's mouths seems the same whether happy, sad, or angry.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Remember mood rings? They could broadcast your mood by whatever color they turned. This young narrator also links his moods to color. He starts out in a purple mood: a “cold-plum eating / grape juice drinking . . . / bobbing to the beat kind of mood.” But when his brothers tell him to “move!” he goes “to a gray kind of place / storm brewing inside.” So it goes, his mood changing depending on what’s happening. The colors feel right on—orange does seem perfect for a game of basketball, and watery blue right for “sailing on waves / in the sky of my mind.” Throughout, there’s a running story line about an African American family. The narrator is hassled by his older brothers until he takes a stand. He is happy when his brothers, little sister, and parents are all together at dinnertime. The artwork—digital collage created with oil paints and graphite and suffused with the individual hues—captures what the narrator’s own art might look like. An excellent jumping-off point for discussion—or writing—about readers’ own colorful moods. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ilene Cooper
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The book is written in prose poetry, and the language is very supportive of all feelings being acceptable as long as nobody gets hurt. It's okay to enjoy time to yourself as well as enjoying being with others. Sometimes your family members are kind of jerky to you, especially siblings, but they still love you anyway.
Message: Feelings are normal and natural.
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