Yesterday I Had the Blues, written by Jeron Ashford Frame and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, is a lovely picture book written in a style that reads like poetry. The protagonist, a young boy, describes his emotions and those of the people around him, using colors. It contains phrases so vivid that they’ll make you smile or feel a tinge of sadness. When explaining that his father has the “grays” he further elaborates with, “The don’t ask for a new skateboard till tomorrow grays.” Meanwhile, Grams has the kind of “yellows” that will hopefully lead her to make oatmeal raisin cookies.
This book is very sweet. When I finished reading I had the biggest smile on my face. Yesterday I Had the Blues is beautifully written and I love the ending message about the togetherness of family. That’s a sentiment that evoke every color of the rainbow.
Yesterday I Had the Blues is for young readers 3-7 years old.
Dearest Book Lovers, what color mood are you in? I’d love to hear from you! I’ll even start. I have the purples. The weekend is almost here, excitement building in my spirit purples. Your turn!