Summer Review Medley: My Many Colored Days, A Day A Dog, You Can’t See a Dodo at the Zoo

School’s out and we’d rather be outside. While that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped reading, it does mean I don’t want to spend a lot of time reviewing. Naturally, I feel guilty about that, so I’m going to experiment with giving you three quick hits on books (and music) that we’ve enjoyed over the years, rather than one long review.

My Many Colored Days
By Dr. Seuss
Illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1996

A wonderful way to begin to approach the subject of emotions.

A Day, A Dog
By Gabrielle Vincent
Front Street, 1995

Heralded by the late Maurice Sendak as “an entirely unique work of art,” Gabrielle Vincent’s A Day, A Dog tells the tale of a rather tragic day in the life of an abandoned dog entirely through pencil sketches. Although there are no words to create a barrier for the pre-reader, it’s probably best to reserve this one for older kids or enjoy it yourself. The pencil sketches are amazing.

You Can’t See a Dodo at the Zoo
By Fred Erhlich
Blue Apple, 2011 (first published 2005)

The Five-Year-Old enjoyed this book more than I did. I was put off by the illustrations and Comic Sans-like font. But she didn’t mind those and focused on the content, soaking up everything Ehrlich would tell her about the various animals and why they are either endangered or extinct. And that’s something this book is really rather good at.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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