Though written by Dr. Seuss in 1973, My Many Colored Days was not published until 1996, several years after the author’s passing. Attached to the original manuscript was a letter in which Dr. Seuss spoke of his hopes to find “a great color artist who will not be dominated by me.” The illustrators of My Many Colored Days, husband and wife team Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, were brilliantly able to fulfill this wish through their dynamic and color-rich paintings.
In the book, color and animals are linked with emotions and moods. Page by page, the childlike figure of the narrator is transformed into many different, colorful animals such as a sleepy brown bear, a busy and buzzy yellow bee, a secretive green fish, and a mopey purple dinosaur. My Many Colored Days is not only visually appealing, it’s also a great way for caregivers to talk with children about their feelings.