Today, March 2, is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, morecommonly known as Dr. Seuss.
I asked around the Good Education Group office forfavourite quotes or any thoughts about Dr. Seuss and frankly, the response waspitiful. You'll find the meagre offerings at the end of this blog post.
Instead, I will present five reasons why Green Eggs and Ham might be the bestbook ever written
It only has 50 words.
A, am, and, anywhere,are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green,ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam,say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will,with, would, you.
Dr. Seuss wanted to win a bet with his editor and throughrepetition and clever rhyme, managed to create an entire world with just these,almost exclusively single syllable, words.
It's easy to read butnot boring
It has all the hallmarks of a book that actively helpschildren learn to read. A small vocabulary, back and forth question and answerrhyming, and a sing-song rhythm. This makes it easy to follow for young readersand fun for parents to read aloud. The illustrations are bright and colourful,with the right balance of wackiness and familiarity to keep children engaged.Just the title itself is an example of how Dr. Seuss, throughout his career,would take something mundane and add a twist that transforms it into somethingmemorable.
Not only is it good for building reading skills, itencourages children to think laterally about the situation and ask questions. Whydoesn't the narrator want to try the green eggs and ham? Why is Sam-I-Am soinsistent? Would the narrator eat them if it was anyone but Sam-I-Am offering?Is it right or wrong to dislike something you've never tried? Is it ok tochange your mind when you have?
It has life lessons
Be curious. Be optimistic. Sam-I-Am doesn't let thecurmudgeonly narrator's reluctance get him down or discouraged and he keepstrying different things until he succeeds. At the same time, the narrator keepsan open mind and eventually relents, tries the green eggs and ham and changeshis opinion.
It's going to be 58this year
First published 12 August 1960, Green Eggs and Ham has seenit all. The Kennedy assassinations (both John and Bobby), the moon landings,the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, grunge, Brangelina, Crazy Frog, chatterrings, fidget spinners and whatever the kids are into these days. It has beentranslated into at least a dozen languages and is pushing 10 million copiessold internationally.
"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no onealive who is youer than you."
Chosen by Chris
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And youknow what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."
Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Chosen by Elysia, who alsoincluded this picture.
"A person's a person, no matter how small"
Horton Hears aWho!
Chosen by Amy
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothingis going to get better. It's not."
Chosen by Patrick and Elysia
"You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!"
Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Chosen by Dominika