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My Many Colored Days

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  6,571 ratings  ·  547 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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 20th 1996 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Feb 09, 2014 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
Dec 17, 2010 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.
Kathy Davie
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A standalone story about the colors that reflect one's feelings that will appeal to children and adults. And one to which I wish I could give a "7"!

My Take
Wow, the colors start immediately you open the book with the distressed bright green, the calmer orange, and the quieter purple which offsets the white background for the title page. It's a rich palette of color and texture as the artists provide a sumptuous background for their figures with successive pages becoming more complex in the use of
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it
this should have been called, "Dr. Seuss discusses multiple personalities." He must have been depressed when he wrote this one.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 17, 2014 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.
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant picture book which could be used in primary school and has lots of cross curricular links. The style of art and bright colours is very effective and it could be used to talk about feelings and emotions in PSHE, which everyone experiences at some point. With younger children, it might help them to express their feelings more. This could lead to looking at metaphors in English with the different colours representing emotions and sometimes animals such as the buzzing bees for ye ...more
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
makes me feel better about myself, especially when i am feeling "many colored"
Jun 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
So simple, yet so poignant. I love the illustrations, even though they are not Seuss'.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book as a way to teach about both colors and feelings.
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perfect illustrations.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Not my favorite, but I'll always enjoy a new Dr. Seuss.
Christy Baker
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
A baby board book that was amusing enough to me as an adult with no children of my own to request it on Bookmooch so I could own a copy, My Many Colored Days can be read almost as meditative reflection and psychological metaphor for naming the quality of one's days. I loved this concept of not just blue days, but red and yellow, purple and brown. The complex idea of moods and feelings rising and falling, of the changing nature of emotions is presented in a way that is accessible to children, but ...more
Lauren Drake
I really enjoyed reading this book and believe that it has many great teaching opportunities - from looking at the illustrations and the style that has been used (Art), to talking about feelings and emotions (maybe in a PSCHE) lesson as well as many more. You could also pair each colour to a tune in music (e.g. buzzing sound for yellow as that is linked to being a buzzy bee in the book).
I really like how the illustrations match the text and the way in which the different fonts have been used (e
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was brilliant. The illustrations are lovely, they’re painted and are gentle. The images also compliment the words, e.g. “Then comes a yellow day and, weeeeee. I am a busy, buzzy bee”. The image is yellow and shows bees. The fonts in the book change and make it clear for the reader to adapt their reading style to how the writer wants phrases to be said. I think this book could be used in lots of different ways. In art - to explore colours. In PSHE to explore feelings - I think ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it

Ages: toddler

Theme: Colors/painting

No hate please, but I am not a Dr. Seuss fan. I was surprised when this one was picked for me to read at a storytime and I genuinely enjoyed it.

Each color has something associated with it. Simple and not too silly, not too many made up words.
Sadia Mansoor
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I love colors, so I love the book. It perfectly describes me how I feel on different colored days ;)
Here's the book
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful stimulus for art, music and PSHE. Bright colourful pages and a story with great rhythm.
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This is possibly my favorite Dr. Seuss, which is weird since it is so unlike his other stuff. I just love the metaphor of colors and feelings, and the art fits wonderfully. Just beautiful.
Kaitlin Ayers
Text-to-Teaching Connection
This is a great book with wonderful illustrations. On the first page of the book, the main character is a cookie cutter shape and throughout the book we see this character in different colors. The colors represent different moods that we go through and feel. By the end of the book, we see the colors come together and describes the character altogether of being “me” and happy. This book would be good to teach your students about different moods and how to handle them. Y
Manal Cheikh
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ga-pre-k-books
Great book for associating color with moods. this book can be used to enable children to see the connection between colors and feelings, also teacher can expand by having the children choose the color that matches their feeling.
Zoltan Abbott
Apr 24, 2012 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
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Synthesis: In this book, Dr. Seuss uses bright illustrations with animals and colors to address the different types of moods that people go through. It begins by saying that not everyday is the same. Then, after taking the audience through different emotions that come with each mood, he concludes by reminding the readers that as long as you are only temporarily in these different moods and “go back to,” then that is perfectly fine.
Teaching Connections: This book is a great way for stu
Isabel Smith
I can’t say enough wonderful things about Dr. Seuss’ My Many Colored Days. It is simple enough to be read to babies and toddlers and complex enough to keep in the reading repertoire as those children become preschoolers and beyond. The different feelings Dr. Seuss discusses with such flow and ease are universal and therefore this book will be highly relatable to any kiddo. Love the rhymes, love the metaphors, and love the illustrations!! For the younger children, it is fun to have the act like t ...more
Mar 19, 2012 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
Zequoia Hyche
Jul 01, 2014 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
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tannor
Shelves: graph, eleole, 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.
Elizabeth Mills
Jan 19, 2016 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.
Anita Marlin
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feeling, ga-pre-k
The book is about feeling and moods. Dr. Seuss used different colors to express different feelings, different sizes of fonts, different animals, and different rhyming words to keep the readers' attention. It is a good book to introduce to toddlers and above.
Feb 18, 2010 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.

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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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