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Accompanying a manuscript Dr. Seuss wrote in 1973, was a letter outlining his hopes of finding "a great color artist who will not be dominated by me." The late Dr. Seuss saw his original text about feelings and moods as part of the "first book ever to be based on beautiful illustrations and sensational color." The quest for an artist finally ended—after the manuscript lang ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 20th 1996 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Michael
Feb 09, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
This book actually rhymes, but it is not the whimsical, silly rhymes you are used to from Dr. Seuss. It has a more serious, nurturing tone, which quite surprised me. I really liked the dynamic interaction of colors, animals, and emotions, although I wasn't sure I liked tying emotions to certain colors. For example, if your favorite color is purple, sorry, but that is the sad and alone color. And brown and black are, of course, depressed and angry. But I am probably overthinking it. If you take t ...more
Lucia
Feb 14, 2015 Lucia rated it liked it
this should have been called, "Dr. Seuss discusses multiple personalities." He must have been depressed when he wrote this one.
j
Mar 13, 2014 j rated it liked it
Shelves: nina, 2014
My nearly two-year-old daughter loves Dr. Seuss books. So when I told her I got a new one out of the library, she was very excited (READ IT DADDY DR. SEUUUUUS!).

But then I opened the book and started reading and she stopped me cold. NO READ DR. SEUSS! NO DR. SEUSS!

I have to say, I side with her. The artists behind this one are no Dr. Seuss.
Kathryn
Dec 17, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I love the idea of this book; that different colors express our moods. I know some days I feel happy hot-pink, some days a deep blue... I'm not sure I totally loved the illustrations but they are very vibrant and fun.
Ghadeer
Nov 17, 2014 Ghadeer rated it it was amazing
Our English teacher read this book for us today and It was really very beautiful and made me feel good about life, I loved its idea. I wish I had read it before.
Zoltan Abbott
Apr 24, 2012 Zoltan Abbott rated it it was amazing
Dr Seuss is better known for classics like ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and books that have been turned into movies like ‘how the Grinch stole Christmas’ and ‘Horton Hears a Who’
This is a gentler offering, that was recommended to me by a colleague who swore by its lyrical quality – it is in Dr Seuss’s trademark rhyme – but is unusual in that it doesn’t contain a usual ‘story’. Instead, it charts a short journey through different feelings, associating them with colours. The illustrations are bright and v
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Zequoia Hyche
Jul 01, 2014 Zequoia Hyche rated it really liked it
Shelves: dr-seuss
I thought this book was a great tool to help children learn their colors. The title alone embodies what the book is basically about, which drew me in as an aspiring teacher. I loved how this book also conveyed emotions through every color by using an animal or object. It was very creative. It also rhymed which I liked, because this can help children learn words that sound the same. It overall touches on many different learning skills that would be beneficial for children to know and that's why I ...more
Silver
Jan 31, 2016 Silver rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! It is one of my favorites by Dr. Seuss. It taught me as a child that we all have feelings, many different feelings. It showed that being sad is ok, and being happy is ok. That each feeling is a part of the human makeup. It is human to feel.
Carolina
Mar 19, 2012 Carolina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emotions, colors
Amazingly good book. Excellent way to teach children about emotions. It shows that colors are not only describe or belong to certain object but also to feelings. They will look at colors a different way. I enjoyed the rhyming very much, and the illustrations, although a bit abstract, were great. This is just another amazing way for children to not only express their own feeling but also to understand everybody else's feelings.

An activity I would do with this book, is that i will give each child
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Margaux
Mar 23, 2015 Margaux rated it liked it
Not my favorite, but I'll always enjoy a new Dr. Seuss.
Chelsea Sweet
Mar 28, 2015 Chelsea Sweet rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-to-read
My Many Different Colored Days by Dr. Suess is a easy to read book about moods and colors. Each page represents a color and a corresponding mood to that color. This book could also be good to use for racial colors, how everybody is different and that's ok. This Dr. Seuss book was not illustrated by Dr. Suess himself like most of his other books were. After I finished reading this book I researched Dr. Suess' intended meaning of the book. His wife told people that the many different colors reflec ...more
Stef
May 18, 2014 Stef rated it it was amazing
Overview
This lesser known book by Dr. Seuss is about feelings and moods and how different days have different timbres. The rhyming story describes each day in terms of a particular colour which in turn is associated with specific emotions. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher illustrated the text and their vivid and expressive paintings depict such striking images as a bright red horse kicking its heels, a cool and quiet green fish, a sad and lonely purple dinosaur, and an angrily howling black wolf. U
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Salima Sikandar
Feb 16, 2014 Salima Sikandar rated it really liked it
Shelves: colors
This book has been written by Dr. Seuss and is illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. This is a very interesting book which enables teachers to teach children about emotions. Another part is that, the story has linked emotions with colors which are in general and help understand about the emotions and personality. This may also help students in guessing other person moods and feelings. It can be good way for children to express feeling through colors as well.

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Robby Burke
Mar 12, 2016 Robby Burke rated it liked it
Dr. Seuss' "My Many Colored Days" is concept book with colors and illustration that cover all the pages with deep colors that drenched with emotion. My Many Colored Days is a book that is very different from other books from Dr. Seuss. The rhymes and made-up words which are known to be iconic for Dr. Seuss, are not in the book. Instead there is a simple process of reading and articulation that the readers can do. The colors and images together with emotions and moods. The children who read this ...more
Maram AlNajrani
Dec 09, 2014 Maram AlNajrani rated it it was amazing
Perfect illustrations.
Michel
Aug 23, 2015 Michel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tannor
Shelves: eleole, graph, youth
A posthumous Dr. Seuss, illustrated by 2 artist painters, a poetic emotional barometer.
This delightful little book helps children's awareness of mood and emotional states, their own and that of the people around them, using light and color pattern as brilliant metaphors.
Geneva Roberts
Feb 06, 2014 Geneva Roberts rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feelings
This book is now one of my all time favorites. The illustrations are so unique, somewhat abstract but at the same time give a clear picture as to what the story is saying. I love how this book discusses the feeling of the emotions and goes a step further with associating it with color. The book is a great book for children even in a wide age range to read and learn about feelings. The rhyming of the words really made the story flow and kept attention of my kids and myself. Another hit by Dr. Seu ...more
Romanus Elangwe
Feb 11, 2014 Romanus Elangwe rated it it was amazing
Dr. Seuss uses colors to indicate how days experiences differ. Some days are blue, yellow, bright red and human action and activities differ too. The paintings on the illustrations are also very significant. The symbol of the horse (strength) on red bright days; on a bright blue day "I flap my wings,"(the symbol of bird flying); Through colors the author teaches how human life changes daily--happy, cool, sad, mad, mixed-up, but in the end it turns out to be the same person.

It is book I will lik
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Betsie Johnson
Nov 16, 2015 Betsie Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: emotions
This book describes emotions in colors and associates actions with each emotion/color ("I feel yellow...weeeeee!") I like it because it gives kids a different way to think about emotions and self-regulation, which can be very abstract topics. This would be a great book to do social-emotional teaching/activities around. I think it would be helpful for older children to choose which colors best represent their own emotions. For children who need extra support, this book would be great to read in a ...more
Alyssa Edgley
Apr 01, 2014 Alyssa Edgley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author
This book is great. It introduces a great moral of feelings as well as color concepts. Children can relate to feeling blue/sad or red/mad.


Based on Dr.Suess' varied accounts, his book was rejected by between 20 and 43 publishers.According to Geisel, he was walking home to burn the manuscript when a chance encounter with an old Dartmouth classmate led to its publication by Vanguard Press. Geisel wrote four more books before the US entered World War II. This included The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cub
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Shannon Brown
I think this is a good book for children to learn colors. Dr. Seus and his wife did a good job in painting each color to fit a certain type of mood. When this book is read to children, children can relate the color to a mood This book also teaches children different mood. The only thing I did not like is that you can not be certain that a color represent that particular mood. But I guess reading to children is okay because this is just the basic of teaching mood relating to a color. I like the f ...more
Erin Brockway
Feb 03, 2015 Erin Brockway rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book shows how a child experiences many different emotions/feelings on different colored days. Some days are happy, some are sad, some are angry and some are crazy and exciting. I really enjoyed reading this book. It shows so many emotions/feelings that a child might experience and in the end they will always go back to being themselves and everything will work out. The colorful illustrations in the book really show the different emotions the child is experiences. I would use this book in m ...more
Jennifer
May 29, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
simply beautiful. I absolutely never tire of this book, nor do my children. It is so poignant and so vibrant both in its ideas, as well as the illustrations.
Michelle McBeth
I absolutely love Dr. Seuss so it pains me to give a low review on one of his books. But the first thing I noticed is how muddy the colors of the illustrations are. Part of the concept of this book is to teach colors, but when the colors blend into each other it is no longer as easy to tell what color is on each page. The illustrations are not terribly interesting either.

As someone who associates feelings with color, I like the concept of this book, but feel it is way over the heads of preschool
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Turrean
Mar 01, 2014 Turrean rated it really liked it
Quite a change from Seuss's usual style. The illustrators give us a very clear, simple layout that celebrates mood and color. Yellow days are busy and excited like a buzzy bee; green days are cool and quiet like a fish swimming in deep water.. A nice introduction to metaphor, too. The language is simple, accessible; without the usual wild flights of fancy for which Seuss is known.

My only quibble: brown and black are both "bad days," yikes. Fortunately, when my students drew mood / color pictures
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Camille Ryckman
May 27, 2014 Camille Ryckman rated it really liked it
Brief summary - It introduces a great moral of feelings as well as color concepts. Children can relate to feeling blue/sad or red/mad.
Annotation - This book helps with putting moods with colors and may help them express themselves,
Age appropriateness 0-5years
Connection to six early literacy skills
Print Motivation - Kids might be interested in looking at the pictures and relating to the emotions

Opinion - I think this book could go either way for kids, some might really like it others, who have a
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Tamara
Jun 13, 2008 Tamara rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
So simple, yet so poignant. I love the illustrations, even though they are not Seuss'.
Jen
Feb 18, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents of young children
Recommended to Jen by: the local freecycle
Shelves: children-s
My class doesn't like this book nearly as much as I do. Sorry Seuss.

amber
Apr 23, 2008 amber rated it it was amazing
makes me feel better about myself, especially when i am feeling "many colored"
Jordan
Nov 09, 2015 Jordan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dr-seuss
My Many Different Colored Days by Dr. Suess is a easy to read book about moods and colors. I liked how each page represents a color and a mood that connected to that color. This book could also be good to use for racial colors, how everybody is different and that's ok. I love the vibrant illustrations. The book is a great book for children, for all age range to read and learn about feelings. The rhyming of the words really made the story flow and would defiantly kept the attention of children. I ...more
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
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