Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

When Duncan opens his box of crayons one day in class, all he finds is a stack of letters addressed to him...from his crayons. Seems like the gray is pretty unhappy that he has to take on these giant jobs of coloring elephants and hippos, red is none too happy that he has to work holidays, and why is it that Duncan completely ignores pink? If you want to have a great laugh with a chance to do some fun activities with kids, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt is the story for you.

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, the story take us page by page to hear the complaints of all the popular crayon colors, as well as some feelings of betrayal by the less used friends like beige. Which, you must admit, really does only get used if you happen to be coloring a field of wheat. The letters are all hand-written, so it's a better read-along book for younger kids still learning to read, but those who can read well on their own are going to LOVE this story and the creative activities they'll want to do with their crayons afterwards.

If you're looking for some fun activities to do with your children after you read the book, try having them draw and color some pictures of animals using colors they don't usually use. Color an elephant beige so the gray color doesn't get tired! Use the periwinkle - he's lonely! For another idea, help your kids practice their writing skills by writing a letter back to the crayons.

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