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It started out as a bad day for little yellow bird, little white dog, little orange fox, and little brown squirrel. Until . . .

A discovery, and love, and luck and persistence, and a different point of view changed all that. What can turn a bad day into a good day? You decide.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Greenwillow Books
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The Library of Congress summary cracks me up: "A bird, a fox, a dog and a squirrel overcome minor setbacks to have a very good day." It's a good thing Kevin Henkes, who has given us the verbose and precocious Lily, knows when to avoid phrases like "overcome minor setbacks."
With gorgeous chunky pictures and giant easy-to-read-from-a-mile-away text, Henkes has empowered young Readers to independently navigate this surprisingly uncheesy story of "things aren't always as bad as they seem." I mention
Emily Sirota
This book is both written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, and you can tell by the way the story is written. This book starts out with multiple bad situations that the animals are experiencing and how they are all effected by these series of bad events, but as you read on you realize this quickly starts to change. This shows the lesson that from every bad thing a good thing can come out of it. This read is good for all ages but more aimed toward the elementary grades.

I think the bright water co
Madison Hays
A Good Day is a children's book written by Kevin Henkes. This story is all about how a group of animals are having a pretty bad day! Whether it is losing their feathers, getting tangled up in their leash or losing their acorn, they just cannot catch a break! However, their days turn around soon and not only does it make them happy, but a little girl as well.

The illustrations in this story are bright and playful. There are pictures on one side of the page and then the text on the other. The pict
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It started out as a bad day for little yellow bird, little white dog, little orange fox, and little brown squirrel. Until . . .

A discovery, and love, and luck and persistence, and a different point of view changed all that. What can turn a bad day into a good day? You decide.

Beautiful illustrations. A short book that when read a few times would be great as an independent read for Kindergarten children. Good discussion likely to come about good and bad days.
Alex Roth
This is a very simple children's book that shows different animals having a bad day due to different factors and how their bad days turned good for either them or others around them. This book greatly displays the theme of different point of views on what is currently happening and what could be happening. It also shows that it is always good to try to find new perspectives on different situations.

I thought this book was organized very well and written very well for small children. The illustra
My son picked this book out from the library and I was surprised, as it is a departure from the usual train/truck/bus/construction equipment books which seem to have a magnetic attraction to his little two-year-old body. I'm glad he chose this book, though. It's very simple, so much so that I worried that it would already be too simple for him. I needn't have worried, though, as he has requested it several times since bringing it home. And that's a win for me because the simple text means that i ...more
I love Henkes' chunkier illustrations. The parallel structure of this book is perfect. A bird, a dog, a fox, and a squirrel all have a bad thing and then a good thing happen. A little girl finishes off the story with a delightful surprise. While a bit young for elementary students, it's a great feel-good story for young children.
The story is very simplistic but sweet; about how a bad day can turn into a good day, sometimes through unexpected blessings and sometimes through one's own efforts. I love Henkes' illustrations, though, they are so soft and adorable! :-)
Drew Graham
Several creatures are having a bad day. Will they be able to turn their day around?

I don't always write a review of a short and simple book like this (the one-off kind we pick up by the dozen at the library, look through once or twice with The Boy and then return), but it left an impression on me. The illustrations are unique and appealing (the difference between the before-and-after eyes is especially effective, and I always love a good UuU expression), and the story is simple, but the message
Rosa Cline
This is a basic storybook with basic illustrations that will grab you and your child and leave you with a good feeling. Some animals around the yard are all feeling at first that they are having a bad day, loosing their nut, getting tangled etc but then they change their attitude when they find good things including the little girl at the end that found all the things they lost and tells her mama it's a good day! This teaches children it really is all about your attitude toward things that affec ...more
A bird, a dog, a fox, and a squirrel all start their days out with an unfortunate event-losing a feather, getting tangled in a leash, getting lost, and dropping a nut! Of course, they resolve their problems, and end up making a little girl's day in the end! Age 1+

Curriculum Connection: This book would be fun to use in Kindergarten or the beginning of 1st grade with a cloze sentence activity, where students pick an animal and write a word(or words)/sentence about why it is having a bad day, then
The read meets a number of animals each having a bad day….only to discover in the second part of the book that each one actually has a good day. Lost feathers, mothers, and dropped nuts actually lead to bigger better things. With lovely bright, bold illustrations and simple text the kids and their parents at my story time all connected emotionally with the characters in this book, feeling bad for them at first and then rejoicing in the happiness of what turns out to be a really good day.
Katie Fitzgerald
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The bird, dog, fox, and squirrel are all having bad days because something bad happened to all of them. But then, something good happens to each one of them as well and it turns their days around. For example, the little yellow bird lost his feather but then he flew higher than he has ever been able to before. A little girl found his yellow feather and it made her day a good day as well. This book is a good book to use to talk to your students about bad days or bad experiences. Just because some ...more
Melynda Moore
What: This book was about several different animals that were having a bad day. There were things such as a bird losing his favorite tail feather, a fox losing his mother, a squirrel losing his nut, and so on. Then things began to turn around for the better. The fox found his mother, the squirrel found an even bigger nut, and the bird forgot all about his missing tail feather and flew even higher than ever before.

So What: This book can teach children about having good days and bad days. Children
Taysja Garcia
Never disappointed by Henkes's work! This book follows several animals in what seems to be an absolutely awful day. However, the end of the book gives an unexpected and delightful twist. For such a simple story, comes such a beautiful and positive message. Definitely more "poetic" than his other books.
Angelina Perez
It stated out with a bad day for a little yellow bird, a little white dog, little orange fox, and a little brown squirrel. Until a series of events changed for all these animals luck. This is a short simple book that children can read and enjoy reading. The illustrations follow along with the text. Children can get an idea of what’s going on in the book by looking at the illustrations. Having illustrations that follow the text helps children follow the story and find out what is happening withou ...more
Erin Lorimer
What seems to be a bad day for a little yellow bird, little white dog, little orange fox, and little brown squirrel might end up not so bad in the end. Kevin Henkes has done a beautiful job in writing "A Good Day". He teaches the readers what the difference in colors are and pairs them with an animal for an easier way to remember them! As the reader, I fell in love with the book at the final page when the little girl found the perfect yellow feather the little birdie had lost earlier. She runs a ...more
This is a surprising little picture book. Written in spare language and focused on four tiny events, it perfectly sums up a bad day turning the corner. It really strikes a cord with Ella, age 2.5, and she wants me to read it over & over.
The illustrations and positive ending are the best part. I like that it acknowledges potential downs in a day and how the negative can be resolved. Not as delightful as I remember from reading it a couple years ago, but still good.
I was chuffed to find another Kevin Henkes book on the shelf at the library after enjoying Kitten's First Full Moon and Old Bear, but this one left me a little underwhelmed. I had expected that each animal's predicament would be solved either by another animal or simply by a change of attitude to turn something bad into something good, not by an easy solution like the mother fox turning up or the dog freeing itself. Still, the illustrations are joyous and radiant.
Yellow bird, little white dog and little orange fox all have bad starts to a day. As the day progresses it all turns out very well.

Print awareness - simple story - written in simple and small amount of text.
I love this book. It's short and simple, but so sweet and lovely. The pictures are perfect. This story is one we've read many times in our house. Beautiful!
Lakeside Branch
A sweet and simple story about how a bad day can turn into a good one. Lovely bold illustrations make this perfect for very small children.
Kris Odahowski
Bad things can happen and Henkes' book teaches young children throughout the day things can get better. I love Henkes' illustrations and stories. Children can see the work of a master story teller and illustrator in his work. I read this book to students at Stewart Street Elementary School in Quincy,FL. I had four puppets to go along with the story. We made faces for all the difficult things the animals encountered in the first half of the book. Then we changed are expressions to happy faces whe ...more
Always love Henkes illustrations and his use of pastels. This slight story shows how four animals bad day turns into a good day.
I like the pretty pictures, and the simplified version of different points of view.

Library copy.
It's never too early to learn about keeping a positive perspective. Cheerful illustrations.
Maggie KutsBorg
I needed a storytime book about pumpkins, but couldn't find any good ones - maybe they don't exist, or maybe they were already checked out? So I took this book and just changed little brown squirrel's lost nut to a lost pumpkin (I modified the illustrations by taping a pumpkin in on each of those pages). This is a soft, short, comforting story that's on the simple/boring side for my toddlers, who in this session are pretty close to 3 years old and a little too smart for stuff like this. Still, w ...more
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.
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