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A Good Day

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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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Laurie
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Ashleigh
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.
Laura
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.
Kathryn
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...more
Jill
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...more
Ina
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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Julia
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...more
Alice
I am going to say it, I think all of Kevin Henkes books have a "warm fuzzy element " when you are done with it!! I think he must be an eternal optimist because his books are full of sunshine. This book is no exception. I think I am going to read this book when I have a bad day!
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
Sheri
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.
Emkoshka
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.
Fibersian
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.
Marlee
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
Janet
Always love Henkes illustrations and his use of pastels. This slight story shows how four animals bad day turns into a good day.
Kaethe
I like the pretty pictures, and the simplified version of different points of view.

Library copy.
Eileen
It's never too early to learn about keeping a positive perspective. Cheerful illustrations.
Adrienne
I liked how the day started out as bad for everyone but then it turned around and was good after all.
Maris Digiovanni
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 is a very simple book and it is not my favorite but it is still enjoyable. I also thought it was a littl...more
Aprils
I loved the two pages with the rainbow stripes. I also loved the happy ending.
Patty
Illustrator: Kevin Henkes
Age: Preschool
Summary: The story is about four different animals losing something, but a little girl and the animals end up having a good day anyhow.
Applications/Uses: Talking about different animals/what is important to different people/animals, the circular movement of the story- story ends up where it all began, the use of color is important in the story and could lead to an art activity, story repeats the word "little" and that can turn the story into a shared readin...more
Becky
Jul 28, 2008 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids age 2-5
Shelves: children-and-ya
I love, love, love the illustrations in this one -- so bold that they almost look like block prints. But no, it's just Kevin Henkes working his usual magic.

The simple, brief picture book involves minor trouble befalling several animals. The young fox can't find his mother, the yellow bird loses his favorite feather, etc. Each animal remarks that it's a bad day. One by one, each animal's difficulty is resolved, and the book wraps up with a little girl finding the yellow bird's lost feather and ru...more
Suzanne
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Henkes has created a gentle yet playful story about how a bad day can turn into a good day. Yellow Bird, White Dog, Orange Fox and Brown Squirrel are each having a bad day, but within moments their luck changes and their problems are resolved. A surprise twist at the end brings this delightful story to a satisfying conclusion. Kindergarteners will enjoy acting out the scenes in the story as well as discussing times when they were having a bad day. Henkes uses bold, brown ink lines and watercolor...more
Cheyenne
Cute book about a bad day turning into a good day.
Bridget R. Wilson
A bird, a dog, a fox, and a squirrel are all having a bad day for various reasons. Their circumstances change and the day turns out to be good after all.

What I Thought: This story is lovely in its simplicity. The illustrations are just what I expect from Henkes. I enjoyed the surprise at the end. (That's all I'm saying here about that. Go read the book.)

Story Time Idea: The brevity of text makes this book perfect for a preschool story time. Henkes' birthday is in November. Why not have a birthda...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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