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Friday, July 5, 2013

I Found a New Book for Us!

Hello Friends!

So we haven't had sunshine for a full day in practically a week now!  I actually lost track of the is seriously gloomy outside.  The sun will pop out for like a minute or two and then it's cloudy and raining again!  What gives!?!?!  I think my flowers are actually drowning!

Needless to say, I've been busy organizing things for next year at home and am starting to get the itch to get into my classroom.  It's still a little too early for that though, right?  My classroom is being used next week for Safety Town (a pre-k "safety school" taught by our local police and firemen) and since I don't need everyone seeing my mess, I'm going to avoid the temptation to get in there and start setting things up.

I went to the book store in our mall (which is not my favorite book store...the books are shelved so poorly and I always cringe when I see poor displays of amazing books for kids).  Anyway...surprisingly, I found a new book for us!

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The story begins...
"One Day in class, Duncan went to take out his crayons and found a stack of letters with his name on them."

Each crayon has written a letter to Duncan explaining why they have "quit".  The red crayon feels overworked because he's used all of the time...even on holidays (Christmas and Valentine's Day). The purple crayon is on the verge of a nervous breakdown because Duncan will sometimes color outside the lines and purple feels that he is just too gorgeous to be put outside the lines.  Beige is sad because he's always a second thought to brown.  The white crayon feels empty because althoughDuncan uses him, without a black outline no one even knows he exists...and the black crayon is tired of being used just for outlines.  

 Each color has a complaint which is written with tone and humor.  The illustrations are great...each letter is written in a handwritten font and has "kid-like" drawings as the illustrations.  

Sorry this isn't bigger for you to got blurrier and blurrier!

I think I'm going to use this book at the beginning of the year when teaching my kiddos that first graders use a lot of details and colors in their work.  I love the letter idea so I'm thinking about having letters posted around the room with other maybe the pencils will write a letter like this...

Dear First Graders,
I am very fragile.  I love to be sharpened with your teacher's favorite pencil sharpener, not chewed by humans.  Please don't eat me this year.  I'm not good for human teeth or stomachs.


Dear First Graders,
I know you love to use me to create things, but please don't use me as lip gloss or a lollipop.  I do my best work with paper and can't wait to help you create some fun art projects this year.
Your friend,

I paid full price for the book but just found it on Amazon for $11.30...check it out!  I really think it's a winner!  I linked the picture above to Amazon to make it easy for you to add it to your cart!

I'm going to start brainstorming some letters for other supplies and areas of my room...oooh!  I could even do the drinking fountain...

Dear First Grader,
Please don't lick or kiss me, I'll bring the water to you...
(Ha! Ha!  School drinking fountains seriously gross me out!)

I'll be sure to post what I create!
Hope the sun is shining in your neck of the woods!  
If it is, send some of it to Northern Ohio!


  1. Thanks for checking out my blog! The book looks adorable I can't wait to check it out. Please let the rain STOP!!

    The Phonics Phenomenon

  2. What an adorable story. I'm going to see if the book is at my local library so I can check it out. I teach fourth grade but I'm wondering if I can modify your idea slightly to fit my grade level as well for the first day of school. I think it is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Elementary School Garden

    1. I could totally see it in 4th grade too!

  3. Thanks for the suggestion! I can't wait to get it!

    First Grade Magic

  4. This sounds like an awesome book. I love the letter ideas from Pencil and Glue. Thanks for the great ideas. I headed over to Amazon to get it.

    1. Oh good! I think you and your kiddos will really like it! It's a great read aloud!

  5. I saw this book at Barnes and Noble and fell in love! It was so cute! I love their little letters! I can't wait to hear more about how you use it in the classroom!

    The Polished Teacher

    1. I wish we had a Barnes and Noble! I can get lost in their children's section!

  6. Thanks for sharing a great book. You can never have too many:)

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  7. I saw this book at B & N on my last trip. I'm going to have to go back and pick it up now! Thanks for sharing your ideas!
    First Grade Hugs and High Fives