Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

One of Those Days

Doughty, Rebecca (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2006. 32 pages
First published: 2006
ISBN: 9780399243653 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, figurative language

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“No Fair Day,” “Keep Spilling Stuff Day,” “Feeling Left Out Day.” Many shades of blue moods are beautifully articulated in this elegant little book.

Wobbly pen line and flat colour fills create stylish images of quirky kid-characters in minimal settings. A child in cap and backpack runs down a meandering path. In the distance, the back bumper of a school bus seems poised to drive away: “Running Late Day.” Another spread is filled with the flat green of a public lawn. The crossed paths running through it suggest the cross purposes of this day. In the centre of the ‘X’ stands a child, fists balled, mouth shouting, as the page edges are populated by passersby—all looking away: “Nobody’s Listening To You Day.”

With tender artfulness, language and images touch on a rich range of sadness, disappointment and hurt. Readers will recognize each one—and may be inspired to name and draw additional kinds of those days. Altogether, this book shows how examining our feelings sometimes makes things better. And if not: “every single one of those days eventually turns into night. And … a brand-new day.”

  •  

    What might be the meaning of the title? As the book is read aloud, confirm your predictions.

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    Discuss how you feel. Choose one of the expressions that matches your mood or create a new one.

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    Make a T-chart. Put expressions from the book on one side and create positive expressions to match on the other. Add drawings to deepen their meaning.

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    Collect idioms related to mood and find ones that express the opposite (e.g. Down in the dumps and On cloud nine.)

  •  

    What might be the meaning of the title? As the book is read aloud, confirm your predictions.

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    Discuss how you feel. Choose one of the expressions that matches your mood or create a new one.

  •  List the expressions on a poster. Create positive expressions to match.
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    Collect idioms related to mood. Add them to the list of expressions.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Health and Well-Being