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The Day the Crayons Quit

Last updated Monday, August 3, 2015

Author: Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 0399255370
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2015

Synopsis: This clever story of a box of crayons gone rogue will get the whole family laughing at the letters written by the occupants of the ubiquitous yellow and green box. The combination of text and Oliver Jeffers' illustrations match the colors' personalities beautifully as the crayons share their concern, appreciation, or downright frustration: yellow and orange demand to know the true color of the sun, while green--clearly the people pleaser of the bunch--is happy with his workload of crocodiles, trees, and dinosaurs. Peach crayon wants to know why his wrapper was torn off, leaving him naked and in hiding; blue is exhausted and, well, worn out; and pink wants a little more paper time.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is your favorite color crayon?
•  Do you like to color or draw?
•  What kind of pictures or things do you like to color or draw?


•  brilliantly - very bright; flashing with light
•  stubby - short and thick
•  idea - a thought, plan, or suggestion about what to do
•  creativity - the ability to make new things or think of new ideas

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you like Duncan's new picture? (shown in book)
•  Is there a color crayon that you like to use more than others? Why?
•  Are there boy colors and girl colors?
•  Can you imagine a red elephant or a purple lion? What other animals can you imagine in a different color?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a Crayon Finger Puppet. Using construction paper the color of your crayon, cut out a crayon shape. Make a face so your crayon can talk! Cut out a strip of paper slightly longer than your finger and glue or tape into a ring. Glue your crayon to the ring.
•  Draw a picture where every item is a different color than it usually is--a blue sun, purple grass, pink elephant, orange ocean!
•  Make an "About Me" Crayon by cutting out a piece of paper the shape of a crayon, making the crayon your favorite color and then in the middle decorating it with a self-portrait and words or pictures that describe you. See example: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/381820874636686452/.

Special activities:
•  Name the colors of the rainbow--red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, indigo/dark blue and violet/purple.
•  Point to objects in the room and ask what color crayon the kids would use to draw those objects.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!