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Hooray for Diffendoofer Day


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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735302499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735302495
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol C. on June 23 2001
Format: Hardcover
At Diffendoofer School, students learn essential life skills --"listening, smelling, laughing, and yelling" and "how to tie knots in neckerchiefs and noodles, how to tell chrysanthemums from miniature poodles." The delightful Diffendoofer School may be closed, forcing the students to attend Flobbertown School, where everyone does "everything the same . . They dress in just one style. They sing one song, they never dance, they march in single file . . . Their lunches have no taste at all, Their dogs are scared to bark." Naturally, the Diffendoofer creative thinking students rally to save the day and the school. The characters are quirky but all too real. I particularly like giving this book to young people to encourage their spirit and creativity, as a preemptive strike against the peer-pressured conformity of adolescence. (As an added bonus, many of Ted Geisel's original sketches and concepts are included in a post-script titled "How This Book Came to Be".)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Billy Marzella on May 2 2001
Format: Hardcover
Hooray!!! The genius of Dr. Suess is teamed with that of Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith to produce an outstanding book full of rhymes -- and reason. Diffendoofer School is a santuary for individuality. Why take spelling tests, when yelling contests are so much more fun? Everyone in the school has a unique talent they contribute - like Miss Bonkers, who teaches frogs to dance; and pigs to put on underpants! The students and Diffendoofer love its zany outlook, until a test threatens to send them to Flobbertown, where everyone's the same. But Miss Bonkers has faith in her pupils and chirps:
"We've taught you that the earth is round, that red and white make pink. But most importantly of all: We've taught you how to think..."
And when the test comes, it is filled with things they do know. And for the questions they didn't know, somehow they answered them, proving what Miss Bonkers said. This book is a great gift, and proves that a little fun can't hurt! Three cheers for Diffendoofer Day!!!
HIP HIP HOORAY!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 8 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is as interesting for the section that explains its origins as it is the for story and illustrations themselves. Before he died, Dr. Seuss was working on a book about teaching. He couldn't get it quite right because "Miss Bonkers was driving him bonkers." After his death, the material was passed along to his long-time editor who filed it away. One day she had the good thought of inviting talented poet, Jack Prelutsky, and outstanding illustrator, Lane Smith, to complete the project. The book shows you the Seuss sketches and his work in progress. It's really quite interesting. Prior to the origins section, you get the actual story. The result is a book that is a combination of wonderful children's story and multifaceted paean to Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss's books are wonderful for celebrating differences among children. This book moves beyond that excellent base to point out the benefits of differences among adults as well as children. The creation of Flobbertown (where everyone does everything the same, and life is dreary) is a stroke of genius, for it creates an archetype to react against.
Near when the poem begins, a student is speaking. "My teacher is Miss Bonkers, She's as bouncy as a flea . . . I'm glad she teaches me." That's the sort of sincere flattery all teachers should receive from their students.
Miss Bonkers's specialization is summarized as follows, "Miss Bonkers teaches EVERYTHING!" She's a free spirit, as evidenced by her use of a trampoline. She does her own thing, and the principal (who worries a lot) "treats her like a queen." Most teachers would love that kind of support, as well!
The rest of the teaching and support staff are equally unique and interesting in their own ways.
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Format: Library Binding
I loved Dr. Seuss as a kid, but I have to admit, I don't always like reading him aloud now that I'm a parent. Don't tell my kids, but I know how Green Eggs and Ham ended up behind the sofa. Mom and Dad hid it there after they'd been forced to read about boxes and foxes and sockses too many times in a row one night. This new book, based on notes and sketches found among Dr. Seuss's papers after his death, might escape the fate of Sam-I-am, at least in our house. There are some definite funny moments. Discussing the cafeteria workers, the narrator says, "They make us hot dogs, beans, and fries, / Plus things we do not recognize." Although the food may resemble that found in some educational institutions, the philosophy does not. Instead of teaching the students the traditional canon and rote memorization, the teachers at Diffendoofer teach an eclectic mix. Extolling the virtues of his teacher, Miss Bonkers, the narrator says: She even teaches frogs to dance. And pigs to put on underpants. One day she taught a duck to sing -- Miss Bonkers teaches EVERYTHING! Of all the teachers in our school, I like Miss Bonkers best. Our teachers are all different, But she's different-er than the rest. Most of all, the teachers teach their students how to think. This works great, until the day of the dreaded standardized test. If the students at Diffendoofer School don't pass with flying colors, they'll be forced to go to Flobbertown, where everyone does everything the same. Amazingly enough, the test covers all the things the Diffendoofer teachers have been teaching -- and for those questions on material they haven't covered yet, the students use their thinking skills to come up with the right answers. Lane Smith's illustrations pay tribute to Dr. Seuss.Read more ›
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