Free Fridays: The Day the Crayons Came Home

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The Day the Crayons Came Home, written by Drew Daywalt, tells the story of long lost crayons who send postcards home to their owner, Duncan. Except for the first and last page of the story, the book is composed of all postcards of crayons telling their stories and their journeys.  Each one talks about their color and how they got misplaced.  The illustrations are captivating and are comprised of different mediums, even including a fun glow-in-the-dark surprise. The way this story is written is different than most other stories and includes many different perspectives, all seamlessly tied into one story.

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This is a great book to read at home with children, and can even be broken down into short stories (a postcard a day) if that is desired.  This is also a great resource to use in a classroom.  After reading, students could write their own postcard from a long lost crayon.  Older students can also learn about personification techniques through the personification of crayons.  This would be a great book to keep in the classroom for fun reading, as well as for instructional purposes.

This is a refreshing and captivating story that is greater many ages and can be enjoyed by all.

Post By: Jamey Gallegos

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