My Many Colored Days

How do you approach teaching your children about emotions? As any parent going through the terrible twos (or threes and even fours) knows, experiencing and trying to understand feelings is an enormous developmental milestone. My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss, wraps an emotion around a color and a description, to help children identify with different feelings. Each page features one color, an object and a story about that object with an emotion tied to it.

On bright red days
how good it feels,
to be a horse
and kick my heels!

For younger children, sharing this book is a fun way to reinforce colors, while giving them an interesting way to better understand their emotions. It says right on the book that it’s perfect for babies and toddlers, but I will tell you that I’ve shared this book with kids up to 6 years old and found that it sparked great conversations. For older kids, I asked them what types of things make them feel a certain emotion and what do they do when they feel that way. It’s also fun to ask them why they think the author used a certain color to describe a particular feeling.

In the classic Dr. Seuss tradition, the narrative rhymes beautifully. The painted illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are bright and interesting, yet uncomplicated—very different than what you expect from a Dr. Seuss book. According to Seuss himself when he wrote this as part of a manuscript in 1974, this will be “first book ever to be based on beautiful illustrations and sensational color.” Johnson and Fancher have collaborated on illustrations for over 20 years and are recipients of a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators.

Enjoy this book with your child and start a wonderful conversation about emotions. You may be surprised at how much you learn.

Perfect for boys and girls, toddler through 6.

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