Yesterday I Had the Blues

Publisher: Tricycle Press
Ever had the blues? Yesterday one boy had them bad--not just the ordinary blues, the "deep down in my shoes" blues, the "go away Mr. Sun quit smilin' at me" blues. But today he's traded in those blues for greens, the "runnin' my hands along the hedges" greens, the kind of greens that make him want to be Somebody.

With text that begs to be read aloud, and bold, colorful paintings, this book will have readers big and small pondering the spectrum of moods and how they can change from day to day.


• Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award
Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Book of the Year
• Claudia Lewis Award --Bank Street College of Education
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 2003 Blue Ribbon
• 2004 Best of the Best List--Chicago Public Library
• 2004 Carolyn W. Field Award Honor Book--Pennsylvania Library Association
• Featured on the PBS/WGBH show “Between the Lions”

“Debut author Frame and consistently masterful Christie riff on the range of human emotions with the agility of longtime collaborators, and the result is a book that truly sings.” –Publishers Weekly

“Readers and listeners alike will enthusiastically respond to this book and instantly identify with the sentiments expressed.” –School Library Journal

“This is a dramatic partnership of text and images with strong curricular uses, and it will give young readers and listeners a simple way to express feelings and emotions that may often leave them wordless.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books