Monday, May 12, 2014

"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" as Mrs. Price's Fave

"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst

Alexander is the star of this book and it is clear that he feels like his day is going very badly. The book chronicles Alexander complaining about everything that isn't going his way. He doesn't get the window seat in carpool, makes a mistake in class, the dentist finds a cavity, he gets in an argument with is brother, and he even has to wear his least favorite pajamas. Alexander's attitude is even worse than his terrible day. He doesn't take responsibility for his feelings and thinks the only solution to his problems is to move to Australia.

We all have bad days sometimes and bad things happen that are out of our control. Alexander's mother reminds him that bad days even happen in Australia. I had the privilege of living in Australia for 3 years and traveling other places in the world. I know first hand that good and bad days happen wherever you are, but the one thing that you can control is your attitude and how you respond no matter what may happen in a day.

This book reminds me to practice habit 1: Be proactive. I can choose my own attitude and behaviors even when I don't FEEL happy I can choose to BE happy and joyful and still look for the positive and good things in life. This is what it means to choose your own weather. It can make even the worst days a little bit better and could even turn a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day into a wonderful, marvelous, great, very good day!

Find this book in the everyone section at E VIO.   Check the catalog to see if it's available.

By Mrs. Price

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