As a child reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, I recall noticing that Alexander caused several of the problems throughout his very awful day....
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...s tiny matters into great problems, and everyone yearns to retreat to a place where, ideally, problems do not exist. For Alexander, that place is Australia. For myself and countless other college students, that place is home. It is not difficult to allow one horrible day persuade students into giving up academics and returning home, but as Alexander’s mother explains to her son at the conclusion of the book, “Everyone has bad days … Even in Australia” (26-27). Like Alexander and other children, adults must also learn to assume responsibility for personal actions, even on terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.
Lehrman, Sara. “What is a Good Children’s Book?” The Reading Teacher. JSTOR. October 1969. Web. 27 Oct. 2011.
Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1972. Print.
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