Hop on Pop Board book – Jan 27 2004
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First published in 1963, Hop on Pop remains a perennial favorite when it comes to teaching kids to read. Here, as in most of his extensive body of work, Dr. Seuss creates uncomplicated, monosyllabic rhymes to foster learning and inspire children to read. But what was radical about this little book at the time of publication (and what makes it still compelling today) is Seuss's departure from the traditionally dull pictures and sentences used in reading primers. In contrast, the illustrations here are wild and wonderful, and the accompanying language, while simple, is delightfully silly. For example, the rhyme "THREE TREE / Three fish in a tree / Fish in a tree? / How can that be?" is brought to life with a trio of plump, self-satisfied fish perched atop globular branches as two stymied hybrid dog-rabbit-humanoids look on in consternation. Hop on Pop does much more than teach children the basics of word construction, it also introduces them to the incomparable pleasure of reading a book. (Ages Baby to Preschooler) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“Combines phonics and word recognition, making sounds and letters recognizable. Highly recommended.”—(starred) School Library Journal.See all Product Description
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There are so many things to enjoy about this book, that it's hard to find a place to begin. The weird hybrid creatures, the creative rhymes and wordplay...my favorites are the thing that can sing a long long song. I break out in overblown Pavarotti-extravagance singing and the boy is sure to either laugh or look at me strangely...is this Dad or is this an alien? But the biggest joy of the book comes at the end when Seuss strings together endless rhymes with endless rhythm in the string of run-on words, "hethreemewepatpuppophethreetreebeetophopstop." It will be indelibly stamped on your brain and give your child the joy of reading as well as reminding you how truly fun words and pictures can be. Thanks for all times go out to the good Doctor.
This is neither a real Dr. Suess book, nor is it a great pop-up book. Better to look elsewhere.
What I discovered upon rereading it today is that the book packs a whallop in terms of providing learning opportunities for children. Long before Sesame Street was a staple for youngsters, this book picked up on some of the same learning techniques.
For example, you start with two rhyming words. The only difference may be one consonant (hop and Pop). This helps a child learn to read by seeing the role that a letter plays. Then the book uses the two words together to form a sentence, and puts an illustration in the reinforce the syntax (the difference between a house on a mouse, and a mouse on a house). After the simple syntax lessons are done, it goes on to give the child more rhymes and more complex sentences. "We like to hop on top of Pop." Here are where Dad's abs come in. The illustration shows how to hop on Pop without hurting him. Also, the book says not to, which will help Pop and the child learn that the subconscious in all people and all children pay no attention to negatives in sentences. So what is captured is an imperative to hop on Pop.
The story builds to a crescendo by letting the child know that there is more to learn. Children can learn small words like "if and it" while Father knows long words like "Constantinople and Timbuktu." The child is given a little quiz at the end about "seehemewe" and so forth and is given the hint that learning can continue tomorrow.Read more ›
When Pop declares "Stop. Stop. You can not hop on Pop," this is one of Seuss's most brilliant political statements. Here, the monarchy, now in the person of Charles the Second, is throwing off the rule imposed by Cromwell, and restoring to its rightful place the monarchy. "Pop" is asserting his paternal right and duty, his droit de seigneur." Le roi est mort, vive le roi!
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As a new pop can't say I like to be hopped on, but its still a nice book.Published 9 months ago by Andrew
Problem was, this was a board book for toddlers....and it did not have the full story...it had been edited for little people. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chris King
I never read the Dr. Seuss books when I was growing up, so when we got our daughter a few of these books I didn't know what to expect. She absolutely loves them. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brutus McNutus
I always loved this book as a kid, now my little boy loves it.Published 21 months ago by sudsybubble
I actually got this just to bring a previous order over $25. But as a new parent I will enjoy reading this, likely several times, to my son.Published on May 29 2014 by Vegan Runner
Exactly like the bigger book but in a sturdy and small board book size. My baby enjoys it, but the colors get old fast!Published on June 14 2013 by aszy
This book is perfect for young children. It teaches reading and rhyming through fun and humour, and is very sturdy to withstand abuse from toddlers and preschoolers.Published on Nov. 26 2012 by Jackelope
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