Dr Seuss wrote this text in 1973, inspired by the panoramic view of the ocean from his study. He stated in a letter that it “needed a great colour artist who would not dominated by me and who would bring a new pattern of thinking to my words”. After his death in 1991 his widow brought it to the attention of his editor who commissioned the remarkable paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. It was published posthumously in 1996 by Alfred A. Knopf.
This rhyming story is a wonderful book to talk with children about feelings. Each day is described in terms of a particular colour, which in turn is associated with specific emotions. Using a spectrum of vibrant colours and a menagerie of animals, this unique book can help children convey feelings they are experiencing and offers a springboard for externalising conversations to help children take more control over problem feelings or enlist happy feelings. The changing days, feelings and colours conveys a sense of hope for children that feeling sad, angry or good can change.
Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.”
- Soft cover (Picture book)
- Age range 0 – 5+
- Full Colour
- 40 Page