March Book of the Month

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    It’s that time again – our Book of the Month! The March book I will be presenting to your child is – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day written by Judith Viorst.  Who doesn’t love this book?  It was published in 1972 and has become so popular that it has been made into a movie.    

    More importantly, this is a book that sends a clear message:  Everyone has bad days and it will be okay.   I believe the most important quote in the book is when the mom says, “Some days are like that… even in Australia.”   This is an important lesson for all of our children to learn.    

    The main character deals with many emotions throughout the story, such as jealousy, frustration, and anger.  Speaking to your child about how to handle and deal with these different emotions is a life skill that he/she will need.   Several times in the book Alexander mentions his desire to move to Australia.  You could ask your child, “Is it okay to run away from your problems?”  Another question that is addressed is the artwork that Alexander creates – the invisible castle.  A conversation can take place on whether or not Alexander makes a good choice when he tries to hand in that blank piece of paper.

      Please remember to visit my Principal’s Blog on our Tuttle Avenue webpage to see all of the pictures you have sent me.  Continue to send me pictures of your child and/or of your family reading the book and I will share them on my blog.  Send them to me at zambellij@esmonline.org.  Happy reading!!