The Day the Crayons Quit
Element #6: Social Action
Author: Drew Daywalt
Pictures by: Oliver Jeffers
Grade Level: P-3
The Day the Crayons Quit is about a boy named Duncan and his box of crayons. He reaches into his desk to use his crayons at school, when he finds a stack of letters. The letters are from each of his crayons, who have decided to write to him stating there complaints, suggestions and there decision to quit. Each crayon complains about something different. The red crayon complains about being overworked, the yellow crayon complains about the orange crayon and there debate on what the proper color of the sun is. The white crayon states he feels empty for only being used to fill in space between things, and the list of complaints goes on. By voicing how they feel, at the end of the story Duncan comes up with a creative way to make all of his crayons happy once again.
Element #6: Taking Social Action
This book is a good example of Element 6, Taking Social Action, because it tells a story of a group of crayons taking a stand for what they feel needs to change. This story represents stereotypes, and how those who are stereotyped are tired of being categorized and want to be treated as equals. This book shows its readers a way to take a stance and change what they believe is wrong in a productive way. By writing these letters, it shows readers a form of protest that allows every crayon to express how they feel, and give suggestions on how to make things more fair. This book teaches students to take action on issues that affect them and there community, and to help gain skills that can help them address these issues and make a positive change.