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review 2017-02-25 22:36
The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt,Oliver Jeffers

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt is a very fun book about the different crayons writing letters to their owner asking him for different things. This book is very simple but different because each letter has the specific color on it and they all have different handwriting. The majority of the letters are also really funny which the children with love! If I were going to use this book in my classroom I could use it to go over colors in the younger grades, so we could have the different crayons cut out and play a game to match the crayon with the name of the color. If I were using it in an older classroom I could teach a lesson about writing a letter and then we could write letters back to one of the crayons. Either way I think it would be a great book to have in the class!


Reading Level: K-5

Lexile Level: 730L

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review 2017-02-10 23:07
Broken Crayons Color Best: The Poetic Memoir Of Me
Broken Crayons Color Best: The Poetic Memoir of Me (Volume 1) - Niki Jilvontae

Title: Broken Crayons Color Best: The Poetic Memoir of Me
Author: Niki Jilvontae
Publisher: Pen Hustlas Publications
Series: Volume 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

Broken Crayons Color Best: The Poetic Memoir of Me" by Niki Jilvontae

My Thoughts....

I can't say it any other way than this author puts it..."This book is for the underdog, the abused, the hurt, the scared, the angry." Just to "Know that there is light after the darkness. Just hold on!!" I truly could not say it any better than this author puts it out their for her readers. The story really left me shaking my head and saying oh my God! Really? How much can one person take? But knowing in the end that 'no matter how dark the hues are in ones life...'Broken Crayons Color Best!!!" Now to understand this well told story one will have to pick up this read to see how well this author brings it out so well to the reader definitely showing it doesn't matter what you have been presented with...you should never give up. Thank you to the author so much for sharing this story with us!

Now to put the icing on the cake....the poems were simply off the chart well done and went so well with each chapter!

Here are the titles of each of the poems presented that definitely caught my attention with them being so well done.

"Precious" [one of my favorites]
"The Dove"
"Strength" [another on of my favorites]
"Pure Bliss"
"Gone with the Wind"
"My Dreams"
"A New Day"
"The Past"
"What Do You See"
"Love Is"
"Black Child"
"Self-Preservation" [another one of my favorites]
"My Passion"
"Light My Path"
"Staying Grounded" [another one I truly enjoyed]
"I Can Finally Fly"

Now, to get the rest of this amazing story you will have to tune into part 2 to get the rest of the story.

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review 2016-12-27 17:01
Children's Reivew: Sunny the Snail and Colorful Crayons
Sunny The Snail- And Colorful Crayons: Inspiring Children's Book about being creative - Karmen Sanda

This was a cute snail book. Sunny has is one of 6 snail siblings who all look the same. Even their own mom can not tell them apart. Sunny observes a lot of things around him and so when he finds crayons he has an idea. A really good idea. My daughter though the snails were really pretty and wishes she found some like that. The pictures were very well done, especially when Sunny was drawing. They really stood out, though I would have liked to see what Sunny and his family looked like after his artwork. 

This is a good book that shows you should stand out and make yourself different!

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review 2016-11-10 18:20
The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt,Oliver Jeffers

This is such a cute and fun book to read. This book teaches students to use all colors and not just one. I used this activity with kindergartens and they loved it. I had my students go over colors before we read the book then afterwards they colored on a sheet that said Dear (color of their crayon) please don't quit I need you when I want to draw a and they drew a picture underneath. The pictures they drew were super cute! This is a great activity for kindergartens.

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review 2016-11-10 17:44
Red: A Crayon's Story
Red: A Crayon's Story - Michael Hall

Written by: Michael Hall 


This book is about a little crayon, red, that would color blue. He simply could not do anything right and all the other crayons thought it was weird he colored a different color than his name. So they tried to fix him but eventually the other crayons realized that he was different and started excepting him because they knew it wasn't his fault. He actually could help them a lot and figured that out when one of the colors asked him to try to be himself. 


This book is very touching and has such a strong message. I would read this to any 1st-4th grade class. It talks a lot about diversity and how some people may be different on the outside but on the inside are the same as everyone else. This is an important lesson for all students to understand because it is  always good to except people, even if they are different. I would have the students after this activity role play different scenarios dealing with diversity in the classroom. The teacher will ask the students if the situation shown was a correct or incorrect way to handle the situation and why. 

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