The Day the Crayons Quit”, written by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.
“The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn.” Duncan is all set to color, but when he opens his box of crayons…they are gone! Inside the box, Duncan finds a stack letters with his name on them, from each color of his crayons. Each letter explains to him why they quit!
Red is the first letter he opens. Red needs a REST! He feels that Duncan makes him work the hardest, coloring fire engines, apples and everything else that is red. He even has to work on the HOLIDAYS! Purple would appreciate it if Duncan could color inside the lines. Pink is upset because Duncan never uses Pink, only Duncan’s little sister does. Orange and Yellow are driving the rest of the crayons crazy over their battle of who is the correct color of the sun. Blue loves being Duncan’s favorite color, but he needs a break because he is feeling short and stubby. The crayon I felt the worse for was Peach. Peach was actually still in the box, embarrassed to come out because it’s wrapper was peeled off and Peach felt naked.
Duncan really wanted to color. He wanted his crayons to be happy, so he came up with a fantastic idea!
Put yourself in the shoes of a crayon, what color would you be? This is a “Favorite Staff Pick”, at the Brighton Barnes & Noble store. A fun read, that helps develop discussion about feelings and being creative. It also helps give the young reader perspective about speaking up for yourself.
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