Welcome to the third book recommendation from Picture Books and Pirouettes! The pick was My Many Colored Days by: Dr. Seuss. It was such a great one! I have been waiting to try this book and was so excited when Kerry suggested it! I teach emotions in my classes everyday so I knew my students would love to dance this book! I took the book in on Monday to my 4 year old creative dance class. The kids immediately recognized the book and said they had read it in school! It just so happens that day, there was a mix up in schedules and my live piano player didn’t show up. Cue my singing! The booked worked, but I think it would of worked better if we had music.
When I mentioned I was doing this book to my friend and dance educator extraordinaire Pamela Levy, she said she loved using this book too and that she had playlists to go with each of the color! She so generously said she would share them with my readers. Lucky you!
First I read the whole book to them, taking time to show them the pictures. I then have them go into the space and and hold a shape while I read the introduction. I now explain we are going to dance the book. They hold shapes while I am reading and then dance when the music is playing, and freeze when the music stops.
Some days are yellow.
Some are blue.
On different days I’m different too.
You’d be surprised how many ways
I change on Different Colored Days.
On Bright Red Days how good it feels
to be a horse and kick my heels!
(Rodeo: Hoedown, Aaron Copeland)
On other days I’m other things.
On Bright Blue Days I flap my wings.
(Sleeping Beauty: Prologue, No 3 – Pas de six Variation 5, Tchaikovsky)
Some days, of course, feel sort of Brown.
Then I feel slow and low, low down.
(Beau Soir, Debussy) — instrumental version
Then comes a Yellow Day and Wheeee
I am a busy, buzzy bee.
(Flight of the Bumble Bee, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)
Gray Day….Everything is gray. I watch. But nothing moves today.
(Theme from “The Snowman”, Sang Froid)
Then all of a sudden I’m a circus seal! On my Orange Days that’s how I feel.
(Tarantella) — Composer unknown, played by Manhattan Pops
Green Days. Deep deep in the sea. Cool and quite fish. That’s me.
(Carnival of the Animals: VII. Aquarium, Camille Saint-Saens)
On Purple Days I’m sad. I groan. I drag my tail. I walk alone.
(Trios Gymnopedies: I. Lent Et Douloureux, Eric Satie)
But when my days are Happy Pink it’s great to jump and just not think.
(Coppelia: Ballet Suite: Pizzicato, Delibes)
Then come my Black Days. MAD. And loud. I howl. I growl at every cloud.
(The Comedians Suite: V. Pantomime, Dmitri Kabalevsky)
Then comes a Mixed-Up Day. And WHAM! I don’t know who or what I am!
(Take Five, Dave Brubeck)
But it all turns out all right, you see. And I go back to being…me.
(La Valse d’Amelie, Yann Tierson)
Thank you Pam for sharing your playlist with us! Now, head on over and check Kerry’s review of the book here! I hope you can use the book along with the music in your classes! I would love to hear how it goes! 🙂