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My Many Colored Days

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  6,180 ratings  ·  497 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/>My
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.
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.
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
makes me feel better about myself, especially when i am feeling "many colored"
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
Rosie Mulholland
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
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
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 t
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
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 f
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
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
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.
Jun 25, 2012 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.
Anita Marlin
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ga-pre-k, feeling
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.

May 29, 2011 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.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this Dr. Seuss book because it is different from all the others.
Brittany Harvey
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book for introducing colors and emotions. I think it is very engaging and a wonderful read!
Colby Sharp
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In the last 4 years I have probably read this book close to 1,000 times to my three young children. I just read it 12 times to my one year old. This book rocks! Today is a green day.
Paige Sterner
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed212, ed212-reviews
My Many Colored Days (Hardcover) by Dr. Seuss, is a fabulous book! The illustrations are somewhat simple, but yet maintain a sense of purpose and originality. I liked the media used here which was, watercolor and color pencils for sketching. The variations in lines, whether dull or hard, add a great touch for emphasis in the selected areas. There wasn’t anything that stood out to me that, wasn’t something I liked about the book. It is very different than a common Dr. Seuss book, and I think that it ...more
Kalenna O'Sullivan
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Many Colored Days written by Dr. Seuss and illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher simplistically explains on the many emotions people feel in correlations to colors and animals. The text introduces a boy saying “Some days are yellow. Some days are blue. On different days I’m different too.” Then, each page flip indirectly describes a different emotion by only using a single colour and an animal. In the conclusion of the text, the story explains that all of these different emotions crea ...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