When Duncan goes to use his crayons he finds notes from all the crayons and how they are feeling! Red is overwhelmed. Purple is tired of being colored outside the lines. Beige doesn't like to be called light brown or dark tan and doesn't like being in second place to Brown! Grey is tired. White is feeling empty. Black doesn't like to be an outline. Green is writing for Yellow and Orange because they won't talk, they both think they should be the color of the sun! Blue is feeling like he needs a break, Pink is feeling unused and Peach doesn't like having a cover! Duncan has to figure out how to make all the crayons happy so he can continue to color! I would use this book to work on expression and voice!
Duncan just wants to color but when he opens his crayon box he finds only letters. Letters from his crayons all saying the same thing - his crayons have had enough! Blue needs a break from coloring the sky and the ocean. Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking for each believes they are the true color of the sum. Black wants to be used more. Duncan must find a way to make all of his crayons happy so he can color his new picture.
After reading, students can pick a color and come up with some more grievances they might have and write letters to Duncan telling him about. When students share their letters the whole class can come up with a way to solve each crayons problem so that Duncan can color again.
This book is a collection of letters written by a child's crayon to the child. Each letter is written by a different crayon and includes a humorous explanation of how each crayon feels about being the color that they are.
This would be a great book to introduce the format of letter writing. Students could practice writing letters to their favorite crayon, or take the point of view of the crayon.
Lexile Level AD730L
I LOVE OLIVER JEFFERS. His texts are jubilant and silly. The images are beautifully illustrated, and will have the reader flipping through in no time! Stuck tells us the story of Floyd. Poor Floyd got his kite stuck in a tree, and he can't get it down. He begins to throw all kinds of things at the tree in hopes of knocking it down. This book would be perfect for identifying problems and solutions. Because Jeffers has quite an extensive list of books under his belt, teachers could use him for an author study. Accompany with a read a loud by the author himself!
Guided Reading - L
Lexile - AD530L
AR - 3.4