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My Many Colored Days

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  3,678 ratings  ·  270 reviews
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, 40 pages
Published August 20th 1996 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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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
Mar 13, 2014 Joel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014, nina
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.
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.
Zoltan Abbott
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...more
Zequoia Hyche
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
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...more
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...more
Teri-mae Delay
Everyone has a series of emotions they go through. But have you ever thought of your moods as colors? In Dr. Seuss' "My Many Colored Days" he explains which moods are represented by what colors. He takes us through happy days and sad days. Through his energetic days and his lazy days. "My Many Colored Days" gives great examples on how to describe your current mood.

As inferred by the title, this book is very colorful. Everyone can connect their moods with colors, but I'd never thought about anima...more
Salima Sikandar
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.

I will ask s...more
Janaee Cobbs
“My Many Colored Days” is being written by Dr. Seuss. The orientation of the book is a rectangle looking from the top to the bottom. There is a person who is peeking out of the reddish-orange square on the front cover. There is no title or the author’s name on the front cover. The first three pages and the last three pages are full of different colors. Each page has its own colors separately. A page is full of green. Another page is red and the rest of colors too. There are different kinds of co...more
Geneva Roberts
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
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...more
Alyssa Edgley
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...more
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...more
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...more
Camille Ryckman
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...more
So simple, yet so poignant. I love the illustrations, even though they are not Seuss'.
makes me feel better about myself, especially when i am feeling "many colored"
Maria Andrade
In this rhyming story, readers are introduced to various colors throughout the story. The illustrations are vivid paintings of various colors associated to ones emotions. Through this book students will be able to discuss the various colors that have a correlated relation with their emotions. Students can identify their feelings with specific colors that categorize their moods, in order to help students express themselves in a positive and natural manner. The book also makes for a great introduc...more
Author: Dr Seuss
Illustrator: Steve Johnson and Lou Francher
First Published: 1996

"Dr Seuss wrote this text in 1973, inspired by the panoramic view of the ocean from his study. He stated in a letter that it 'needed a great colour artist who would not be dominated by me and who would bring a new pattern of thinking to my words'. After his death in 1991 his widow brought it to the attention of his editor who commissioned these remarkable paintings from Steve Johnson and Lou Francher." p.5

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Hannah Kersting
Dr. Seuss has created yet another amazing children’s book. This book not only shows the different colors and how they make people feel, but it also has a rhyming melody that is fun for students to sing along with. He uses different animals to depict all of the different colors. For example, he says, “Then comes a yellow day. And, weeeeeee I am a busy, buzzy bee." I really fell in love with this book because it is so different from many of the other Dr. Seuss books and has a very raw and emotiona...more
I know, I know - you're going "Isn't Seuss already for little kids?" A lot of people think that - that's why they get Green Eggs and Ham for their two year olds.

Unfortunately for them, most of the Seuss canon is for early readers, or even older. These books are too long for babies and toddlers to sit through, and some of them are even a little frightening for more sensitive children (I'm continually perturbed by my five-year-old niece's terror of Horton Hears a Who, but she doesn't like the bul...more
Mandy Couch
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the way the colors helped to identify emotions. This can help children express their feelings without sometimes having to say a word. I feel like this book shows children how to relate certain feelings not only to words but to objects. This can help children express themselves in a variety of ways and teach them it is okay show their emotions using things other than their words.

Learning Experience:
I would like to bring the children into large group cirlce time...more
I really enjoy this book with Dr. Seuss idenify the color with rhythming words to connect with your emotions. This is so awesome how color demostrate your moods of your character. It brings a delight of color with patterns to help the children with their feelings. For example: Blue makes you different and Yellow makes you busy as if you are full of a celebration spirit. It has rhythming words for children to follow along. This is a great book for a classroom. It is so stunning colorful expressio...more
"My Many Colored Days" by Dr. Seuss is similar to the story "One" in a way that is expresses emotions and moods through its text. Dr. Seuss is mine, and many others, favorite children's book writer. His whimsically illustrations and brilliant messages are a combination of verbal and visual wit. Although, "My Many Colored Days" seems to differ from his other many text he's written in the past. When first reading the book, I was surprised to find that they author was Dr. Seuss. The rich colors, an...more
Hailey Dellinger
In the book, "My Many Colored Days," by Dr. Seuss, the main idea captures many different types of feelings and moods that are illustrated through many sensational colors and expressive paintings. This story brings colors and images together with emotions and moods! For example, it says, "Some days are yellow and some days are blue. On different days, I'm different too." I love the main idea of expressing your feelings through color!! The main character is one person and is displayed in first per...more
Kelly Ramsey
My many colored days was a very colorful abd fun book to read. With in this book it identified most days of the week in a series of diffrent colors. Other ways it ws used in identify the days were with animals, and moods to show how you were feeling on a particular day.

A learning Experience that I would do with this book would be
* Having the children cut out colors and tell us during large group when they see that color how that color makes them feel.
*The childrne could use...more
Yarima Morfin
I like the concept of the book. I love how every color in the book represents a mood. It shows how every person can go from being blue to being pink! Read the book and find out what colors go with different moods. This is another Dr. Seuss book. The illustrations are really nice and every color represents a mood but also an animal. I'd think you be surprised what animal he used for each. I recommend this book, its short and sweet but the visuals and rhymes make it worth while.
Elizabeth Brown
Based on the pictures, I would have never guessed that the author of this book is Dr. Seuss. Regardless of who wrote the book, I love it. It is so true because each day we feel a different way and I love that the emotions are expressed by using different colors. I also like the fact that the author uses more than just the primary colors and more than three emotions. Emotions and art kind of go hand in hand. Therefore, this book could be used in both topics.
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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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