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  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Book Club edition (Aug. 12 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394800168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800165
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 17.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman on April 20 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love, I love this book. It's a metaphor for taking risks, breaking out of our comfort zones, for living life on the edge. And it's a funny book, too. Yes, now I WOULD eat Green Eggs and Ham with a goat, on a boat, yes, I really would.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner on Feb. 7 2004
Format: Hardcover
Green Eggs and Ham is more than a simple children's tale of the need to try new foods. It is a disturbing glimpse at the Cold War forces that made Eisenhower-era America the stifling society it was, a nightmare for the creative and intellectual classes.
It begins with an Everyman innocently reading in, we should presume, his own home. A stranger runs past him with a wooden sign announcing that he is Sam. Our protagonist recognizes he is the victim of a home invasion, but like so many restrained Updike males, is unable to voice his objection to his domestic tranquility being shattered, other than to utter a powerless plea that he doesn't care for this Sam character.
Sam, having taken the upper hand, moves beyond in-your-face picketing (note the clever denegration of peace activists by this introduction) and will now force our hero to eat some offensive looking victuals: meat clearly in the advanced stages of rot, and eggs to match. There is a suggestion that the spineless victim brought this upon himself by hiding from society, engaging in anti-American activity by reading books. The reader is left to ponder whether the victim is a Communist, or at the very least a vegetarian. For this reason, Sam, cleverly named to represent the consensus view of these United States, must prevail.
The victim's protests are many, his attempts at evasion numerous. Leaving the safety of his home only increases his discomfort; he is forced to endure the company of several possibly rabid mammals, all while Sam keeps shoving the unwanted offal in his face. While he has removed the irrepressible Sam from his house, he must also deal with roller-coaster rides into the water, while getting rained on and being forced to climb a tree; none of these being interests of your typical egghead.
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By DoctorNo on Jan. 20 2014
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
Classic Seuss! This version is shorter than the original, but is not short on the fun or rhymes or silliness. In fact, I prefer this version with the lift up flaps since it tells as much story as the original without turning as many pages.
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By Janine A Littmann on Nov. 23 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A definite classic, the kids love it, I love, what else is there to say. Now if I can only get them to eat their veggies.
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By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 21 2003
Format: Hardcover
I would not eat Green Eggs and Ham
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.
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Format: Hardcover
We got this for our almost 3 year old son and it quite quickly became is favourite before-bedtime book. He has memorized parts of it and takes great joy in being able to recite along with me. This was a favourite book of mine when I was little too, so it gives me great joy to see him enjoying it too. Highly recommend!
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By clee on Nov. 23 2011
Format: Hardcover
A kids classic and an all-time favourite of my own.

Great for kids of all ages to enjoy! After moving so many times throughout my life, I lost my own copy and was excited to see that Amazon still sells the hardcover edition of this book.
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By Eve Fedyk on May 28 2010
Format: Hardcover
The repetition is wonderful for early learning and the silly story makes it fun to read. My mom read it to me when I was a child, and now I read it to my children. If I am ever so luck to have grandkids to read it to, well...
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