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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)

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"Limited vocabulary but unlimited exuberance of illustration."--School Library Journal.  

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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Board book
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 children's books came four days later when the Rev. Jeese Jackson read "Green Eggs and Ham" during the Weekend Update segment of the season premier of "Saturday Night Live." That performance was so unexpectedly moving that it is impossible for me to read this classic tale for beginning readers and not hear Jackson's rhythm and cadences.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Green I've seen, Green I've been July 21 2003
By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
One cannot live without reading this extrodinary work. It's a great read for all ages young and old. If you do not own this book, you must not have an active respiractelior of the brain, you lead a much longer life with it.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Seuss Classic For Any Age Jan. 13 2002
Format:Hardcover
Echoing other reviewers, this book deserves more than 5 stars...my wife and I started reading this and other Seuss books to our children from 6 months on. Always a delight, the kids would laugh at the silliness and cultivate a zest for life at the same time.
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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greatest book ever on sales and marketing

also good as a kids book too
Published 18 days ago by Henry Burial
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silly rambunctious fun
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
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.
Published 9 months ago by Janine A Littmann
5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favourite!
We got this for our almost 3 year old son and it quite quickly became is favourite before-bedtime book. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2012 by V. Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kids Classic!
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2011 by clee
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
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. Read more
Published on May 28 2010 by Eve Fedyk
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 week...my 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
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