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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Hardcover – Mar 12 1960

4.7 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 12 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394800133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800134
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
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"Did you ever fly a kite in bed? Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head?" Such are the profound, philosophical queries posed in this well-loved classic by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel. While many rhymes in this couplet collection resemble sphinx-worthy riddles, Seuss's intention is clear: teach children to read in a way that is both entertaining and educational. It matters little that each wonderful vignette has nothing to do with the one that follows. (We move seamlessly from a one-humped Wump and Mister Gump to yellow pets called the Zeds with one hair upon their heads.) Children today will be as entranced by these ridiculous rhymes as they have been since the book's original publication in 1960--so amused and enchanted, in fact, they may not even notice they are learning to read! (Ages 4 to 8)


"Classic timeless appeal, presented in a new toddler-friendly format" Junior Praise for Dr. Seuss "[Dr. Seuss] has...instilled a lifelong love of books, learning and reading [in children]" The Telegraph "You really can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss" BBC Parenting "The magic of Dr.Seuss, with his hilarious rhymes, belongs on the family bookshelf" Sunday Times Magazine "It's hard to believe they've been going for a century, Dr. Seuss' magic is timeless" Father's Quarterly --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Funny things are everywhere in Dr. Seuss's, One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. Told in rhyme with simple words, children learning to read can easily sound out the words and repeat the sounds throughout the page. Each page features a different rhyming sound, so once children master one sound, they can move to the next. The book is fairly long, so children can feel a real sense of accomplishment when they finish. As is typical with Dr. Seuss, there are some rather silly characters like Zeds and Zeeps, and Yinks and Yops. The story itself is rather goofy and random, and doesn't make sense, but if you're a little kid, who cares? Parents will be happy that their child will learn to read. As an added bonus, children will also learn a little about colors and numbers. Recommended for children ages 3-7.

-Sherry Ellis
Author of Ten Zany Birds
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This book was almost not published. The publisher did not think this book would sell because it was so simple. What a genious Dr. Seuss turned out to be because of it's simplicity. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a true children's classic because children never become tired of the book. They will actually wear it out from use. Older children will smile when they see the book years later and make comments along the lines "I loved this".
Like all of Dr. Suess' books, it is both colorfull and whimsical. The book teaches children to read by using nonsensical animals and ryhmes. A child can read one little section and not become bored or lost because the book is not connected with a story. That is the beauty of this book. It is a childrens book written for children and their thinking. No heavy messages here, just plain fun. The colors catch the eye, the rhymes catch the ears, and the shear silliness cathes the imagination. It is truly a wonderfull gift to give a parent of younger children. Highley recommended.
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As a child, I believe I only knew <i>“Green Eggs And Ham”</i> and love it. Seeing that my friends own several, I was keen to sample these famous ditties. I disliked “<b>One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish</b>”. It appears to be an early toddler book, published in 1960. <b>Theodore Seuss Geisel</b> called himself “Dr. Seuss” when he became an author. It doesn’t sound like he obtained the literature doctorate he sought in Oxford but he was educated and also versed in cartooning for <i>“The Judge”</i>, a United States humour magazine.

I respect and value very much his books’ history: that he became aware of pupils not reading with enthusiasm, or doing so poorly, because they did not find their material exciting. Canadian <i>Eric Wilson</i> is a teacher with a series on the same mission: exciting, fun, memorable literature for youths. <b>Theodore Geisel</b> appears to have catered to the youngest possible ages of reading children and toddlers, for whom books would be read. Until I read a biography snippet just now, I presumed he drew his own pictures because no illustrator is named and I consider that an admirable talent. His cartoonist background reinforces this dual role.

His creatures were always hilariously-caricatured animals and non-existent critters, drawn with economy of strokes in sparse settings. His trademark seems to have been starkly black and white shapes, with a little colour boldly looming. Cartoons of make-believe creatures are all right but I don’t believe they belong in books teaching children to read and presumably, to recognize what they are reading. It is unwise to fudge vocabulary to achieve rhyming. At this level, sonorous options are bountiful! The effect of cheating is that a struggle for this book to rhyme was clear. It is essential that what children practice are real words.
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By A Customer on July 28 2001
Format: Hardcover
I grew up with this book and now my nine month old loves it too. the text is very rhythmic, as you would expect from Dr. Seuss. The illustrations are composed of heavy black lines and bright solid colors, making it easy for an infant to see. The text is arranged creatively around the page, adding to the visual interest and also helping the beginning reader to relate the pictures to the words. As a biologist, I interpret the central theme of the book as playing off biological diversity (Some have two feet and some have four. Some have six feet and some have more . . .), and expanding the idea to include the diversity of people and human pursuits. The fitness craze, furniture design, and silly kitchen gadgets are all covered in the brief and funny vignettes. The one limitation of the book is that there are some stereotypical differences between the interests of the boy and girl, and it is somewhat lacking in ethnic diversity. But hey, it was written in 1960. It also would be great if it had a board book edition, since it is hard to keep the little guy from crinkling the pages.
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At least two generations of parents and their children have now been immersed in the wonderful world of Dr Suess. The fun filled fantasy world of Dr Suess has lost none of its charm. "One Fish Two Fish" is one of his best.
The theme of this book is "funny things are everywhere". Dr Suess goes on to prove this by introducing a long list of fantastic but friendly characters. The creatures are at times outrageous looking but they are never frightening. There is no chance of monster-phobia developing in children after reading these books.
Anything is possible in this book. You have to love the seven hump Wump with its eight legs. It bears an uncanny resemblance to a camel.
Children will get to love the rhyme and rhythms of the words in this book. Children will be encouraged to make their own word play. It is possible new skills in creative thinking and even musical aptitude may emerge in children after having fun in the Suess world. On thing is for sure, a love of reading will certainly be encouraged.
Spatial thinking is encouraged with humorous signposts to Near and Far, and Here and There. Young minds will adore taking the advice "if you wish to wish a wish".
"One fish two fish" makes a great bedtime book. It is long enough and exhausting enough to pacify the most agile young mind. They can go off to dream land pondering "did you ever fly a kite in bed" and then "curl up with your Pet Zeep".
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