Teach Children About Feelings: Book Review 2 of 3

After July and The Feelings Book, it took months before I came across another book specially written about feelings.  In a happy pile at Booksale SM Megamall, I found Dr. Seuss’ My Many Colored Days.

Dr. Seuss' My Many Colored Days

Illustrations in the book were paintings done by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.  If the pages were food, I say it’s gourmet-ish picturesque.  It’s a stark contrast from Todd Parr’s stick figures and quirky pages.

Feelings or emotions felt in a day are presented in this book through colors, thus the “colored days.”  It starts off with a normal day of being yellow or blue.  What is yellow?  Is it for happy and carefree days?  What is blue?  Is it always sad or can it be a different feeling?  These questions are surely discussion openers.  Leading questions must be on hand with young children though.

Dr. Seuss' My Many Colored Days p1-2

The next pages proceeds to different colored days.

Dr. Seuss' My Many Colored Days p3-4

From energetic days to lazy days like that of a hibernating bear.

Dr. Seuss' My Many Colored Days p5-6

Dr. Seuss My Many Colored Days p9-10

I think I know what gray days are.

Dr. Seuss' My Many Colored Days p13-14

But I honestly don’t know what an orangey circus seal feels…

Dr. Seuss' My Many Colored Days p15-16

Black is when one feels like a wolf howling mad.

Dr. Seuss My Many Colored Days p23-24

Then this one’s for the hormonal-imbalanced days:

Dr. Seuss' My Many Colored Days

The book ends on this note:

Dr. Seuss' My Many Colored Days last pages

What exactly does a normal Me mean?  Hmm… I think this book is suited for older kids – tweens, teens or even adults – who can more or less sort out their feelings and strike up a discussion.  Or maybe I’m just making this book too deep to match the artsy illustrations?

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