Before my husband was even a twinkle in my eye, he listened to me reading this book. He was working nearby. He also noticed that I was having my very own bad day. Later on that afternoon, there was a knock on my door. My now husband stood outside with a huge lobster roll. I tilted my head, narrowed my eyes in the shape of a question, and said, "Um, thank you?" To which he replied, "I'm trying to turn this into A Good Day." And, he had.
A Good Day
Written & Illustrated By: Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow Books, 2007
Suitable For: ages one and up
Themes/Topics: persistence, perspective, joy
Opening: "It was a bad day...Little yellow bird lost his favorite tail feather."
Brief Synopsis: It started out as a bad day for little yellow bird, little white dog, little orange fox, and little brown squirrel. Until . . .
A discovery, and love, and luck and persistence, and a different point of view changed all that. What can turn a bad day into a good day? You decide.
Links To Resources and ideas for use in the classroom:
- Retell the story using colored beads on a pipe cleaner as a retelling bracelet. Have children retell each part as they touch each bead.
- Create a class book of one thing that made for a bad day and how another thing made it a good day. Two pages per child.
- Use in the beginning of school to help kids talk about worries and how to make things better.
Why I Like This Book: Kevin Henkes is a genius with simple language and beautiful art work. In this book, he makes anyone realize how much good is all around us.