What Will Children Learn When Reading Mally Mae’s Rotten Day?

Mally Mae had a horrible day! She woke up late for school causing her whole day to get out of whack. Shoes on the wrong feet, no time for breakfast, and barely enough time to get out the door to make the school bus. Unfortunately that was only the beginning of Mally Mae’s rotten day. 

1. To Teach Morals and Life Lessons
We’ve all had a day where it’s just one bad thing after another. This is the kind of day that Mally Mae is having, and she’s not taking is very well. After a day full of running behind, embarrassment, and boredom, Mally Mae is in fear that this rotten day will be the end of her. She earnestly seeks the attention and sympathy of anyone who will listen– including the school nurse. Ultimately, Mally Mae learns a life lesson about gratefulness and looking on the bright side of situations (which is sometimes even hard for adults). After laughing and enjoying the mishaps of Mally Mae, Children will be left with morals that will leave them thinking about their own attitudes when they face undesirable situations.

2. To Make Reading Fun
I remember growing up loving the read stories by Dr. Seuss. The illustrations contained in stories such as Take Me Out of the Bathtub instantly grabbed my attention. I used Dr. Seuss and David Catrow as inspirations for Mally Mae’s Rotten Day. Children will find the story funny, whimsical, and relatable as they read this silly tale.
As a kid who hated reading boring “Class required” books, my goal was to completely deviate away from that while still creating a story that encourages learning.

3. To Encourage Literacy 
Mally Mae’s Rotten Day is full of literary devices including hyperboles, similes, and metaphors. Some moderately challenging vocabulary also appears through the story including the words “toil” and “dismay”. That goal of Mally Mae’s Rotten Day is to make reading fun while encouraging literacy. Mally Mae is most suitable for children ages 7-11, however younger children looking for a challenge may also enjoy the story.






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