Green Eggs and Ham Hardcover – Aug 12 1960
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This timeless Dr. Seuss classic was first published in 1960, and has been delighting readers ever since. Sam-I-am is as persistent as a telemarketer, changing as many variables as possible in the hopes of convincing the nameless skeptic that green eggs and ham are a delicacy to be savored. He tries every manner of presentation with this "nouveau cuisine"--in a house, with a mouse, in a box, with a fox, with a goat, on a boat--to no avail. Then finally, finally the doubter caves under the tremendous pressure exerted by the tireless Sam-I-am. And guess what? Well, you probably know what happens, but even after reading Green Eggs and Ham the thousandth time, the climactic realization that green eggs and ham are "so good, so good, you see" is still a rush. As usual, kids will love Dr. Seuss's wacky rhymes and whimsical illustrations--and this time, they might even be so moved as to finally take a taste of their broccoli. (Ages 4 to 8)
"Limited vocabulary but unlimited exuberance of illustration."--School Library Journal.See all Product Description
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The protagonist of "Green Eggs and Ham" expresses the fact that he does not like Sam-I-am, so when Sam-I-am asks him if he likes green eggs and ham the response is also a negative. The equating of the green eggs and ham with Sam-I-am is extended through a logical progression of places (here or there), circumstances (in a house with a mouse or in a box with a fox), to hyperbolic proportions (in a car on a boat with a goat on a train in the rain). Despite the insistence of Sam-I-am that the protagonist might enjoy the green eggs and ham if only he were to try them, it is not a compromise position is worked out (trying the green eggs and ham in exchange for end to being pestered to death) that the story reaches its climax and resolution.
While I appreciate the importance of the idea that somebody should try something before they dismiss it (a principle that applies to not only food but theatrical releases and political candidates), I do want to point out that many years after my childhood, during which time the information would have been of prime importance, scientists established that different things do indeed taste differently to different people. So it is possible not to like green eggs and ham (or spinach, for example), and not be a repudiation of the life work of Dr. Seuss. But you do have to at least give strange food a chance before you take an absolute position against eating it under any and all conceivable circumstances.
I would though read it, oh yes maam
For in this tale of silly food
There is no doubt fulfilling good
Who wouldn't find it appetising?
Who could read it realising
That things aren't always what they seem
Life can sometimes be a dream
And in that dream a wonder starts
That really strives to touch our hearts
with such a simple verse and tale
One could hardly think to fail
The premise here is most absurd
Using the most simple word
And no complex sentence structure
No moralistic high brow lecture
Just a simple tale of love
Hidden low and up above
And permeates on every page
To reach the souls of every age
Happy birthday to you this day
May you have your eggs your way
In heaven as we read below
The pleasing tale of eggs aglow
With some weird dye, an Irish egg?
I've had green beer, was it a keg?
But this should be a family verse
and green beer does become too terse
So now, dear friend, go buy the book
Open it up and take a look
You'll never be sorry, you'll never frown
This short tale won't let you down
And may you be just who you are
We're all Sam, both near and far
But we're ourselves, and this is true
This book was meant for me and you.
If Dr. Seuss is best known as the author of 'The Cat in the Hat', this text is a very close second. Its simple rhyme scheme and vocabulary is a perfect exemplar of Seussian construction, making it delightful for both children and adults. The vocabulary expands from that of 'The Cat in the Hat', making this almost a stealth-educational tool -- stealth in that children don't realise they're learning, and often adults don't realise that the playful use of language is educational.
This is a must for every child's library. They needn't be named Sam.
I heard that from a doctor, a doctor I know.
One who write books about rain and the snow.
One who writes books about Whos and Whats.
One who cheers you up when you have papercuts.
That was my little tribute to Dr. Seuss. It may not be nearly as good as this book (or any others), but I like it.
Green Eggs and Ham wanders deep within your mind and soul. It's guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine with each glance. It may seem like a simple story from a child's perspective, but to the rest of us, there is a deep symbolic message hiddin within the bright orange pages. And remember, to eat your green eggs and ham, even if you do not like Sam-I-Am.
Read this book, no?
Would you read it in a box?
Would you read it with a fox?
Would you read it on a train?
Would you read it on a plane?
Dr. Seuss would have been proud.
We starting a great habit of reading two or three Seuss books before bed, and the kids loved them. My wife, an elementary ed teacher, taught me the technic of starting a sentence and letting the kids finish it. I would begin with, "That Sam-I-Am, that Sam-I-Am, I do not like that..." and our kids would respond in delight with, "Sam-I-Am." Soon we progressed to just flipping the pages, and the kids would tell the story! Of course, they had the book memorized, but generating an interest in reading is the first step to learning how to read.
Every kid should experience this timeless classic while growing up. Parents will enjoy reading it almost as much as children will enjoy hearing Seuss's whacky rhymes. Combine it with other fun Seuss books, and your kids will sit enthralled as you turn the pages. Highly recommended.
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Arrived in perfect condition and quickly. Very creative book, my son love the flaps. A classic fun for babies.Published 1 month ago by Anna Hillier
I bought Dr. Suess when my kids were young and hated reading them. They seemed too silly to me in my twenties. What a pompous ass I was at twenty! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Carole P. Roman
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