Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Where's my crayon box? Stories about Colors

One of my favorite storytimes to do is colors. I love teaching children about the different colors they can use to make their artwork beautiful. (Plus color signs are really easy to teach the kids)

In My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, we discover that some days can be defined by colors. Yellow can mean a really happy day while blue can be a really sad day. Since our days can be different colors, so can our moods. I like this book because it gives children a different way to describe how they are feeling, especially when they don't know the proper words.

In What Does Bunny See by Linda Sue Park (with pictures by Maggie Smith), Bunny travels through the garden identifying different flowers by name and color. I like this book because not only does it give the children a beautiful way to learn colors, they can also begin the task of flower recognition.

In A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch (pictures by Chad Cameron), we meet Liza, a budding artist. Liza loves her crayons and she loves to color. She loved coloring so much that one day she ran out of paper. Instead of being devistated, Liza looked up and saw the blank canvas in front of her-- her bedroom WALL. As a punishment, Liza's mother takes her crayons away for the rest of the day and poor little Liza's day turns very gray. As she pouts the day away, Liza starts to see colors all around her and realizes she can use more that her crayons to make colorful art.
I love this book because when Liza misbehaves, there is a consequence, but she is able to turn it into a positive and find another way to express her art.

In Red is a Dragon: a Book of Colors by Tosanne Thong (pictures by Grace Lin), we meet a little girl in China who finds colors all around her. I like how the author throws in things that Americans might not know and then at the end, she added a glossary so we can learn them. The pictures are beautiful.

Finally, in The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf (pictures by Michael Letzig), we meet a nameless little girl who walked into a toy store. As she goes through the aisles to find the toy she wants to bring home, she overhears a crayon box with  crayons who don't like each other. The little girl takes the box of crayons home and uses them to show how each color can be used together to make an awesome picture.
The Crayon Box that Talked is one of my favorite books because it takes a simple crayon box to prove that everyone is special and everyone can eventually get along. What I like to do when I use this book is, I give each child a paper crayon and have them hold it up when each color is mentioned. I usally read it through twice, the first time without the children interacting and then with them playing their parts. It seems to work well. :O)

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