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Green Eggs and Ham [Hardcover]

Dr. Seuss
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Aug. 12 1960 Beginner Books(R)

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

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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.  

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Try it! You'll LIKE IT! April 20 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Resistance is Futile... You will be Assimilated Feb. 7 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Silly rambunctious fun 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Green I've seen, Green I've been July 21 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favourite! Jan. 2 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Kids Classic! Nov. 23 2011
By clee
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic May 28 2010
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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1.0 out of 5 stars not for everyone
I realize that this is a very popular book, but when I was a kid it totally grossed me out. To this day, I have trouble looking at fried eggs in the morning.
Published on Feb. 23 2009 by Marsha S
5.0 out of 5 stars What's the other character's name?
Just got this book last 2.5 yr old LOVES it, but asks me over and over what the name of the other character is...she knows Sam-I-Am, but who is the other fellow??? Read more
Published on June 27 2007 by Y. Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Book
Everyone remembers fondly thier first book they read on their own and this one is mine. A simple story with simple words and a simple message: try something to see if you like it... Read more
Published on July 6 2006 by A. Maracle
5.0 out of 5 stars Green Eggs and Ham, 50 Word Vocabulary
This book is extraordinarily good. This is my number one favorite book. It is the ultimate Seuss experience. Dr. Seuss wrote the story using only 50 words. Read more
Published on July 8 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Rene's Review
I like the book Green Eggs and Ham because it is an easy book to read.Since I don't really like to read this is an easy book to read. Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by Rene
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Seuss explores the principle of "try it, you'll like it"
When Theodor "Ted" Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, died at the age of 87 on September 24, 1991, the best tribute of all to the beloved author and illustrator of... Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Lawrance M. Bernabo
5.0 out of 5 stars Green eggs and Ham
Green eggs and Ham is a good book because it is funny and surprising. Sam is persuading this person to eat Green eggs and Ham. Read more
Published on April 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham is an excellent book to read during my free time. The best reading is during my recess time after I have just eaten a big delicious lunch. Read more
Published on March 22 2004
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