One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Hardcover – Mar 12 1960
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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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Children DON'T always need real words! In fact, the capacity of a child to properly categorize 'nonsense' words from 'real' words is HIGHLY underestimated! Read morePublished 5 months ago by LEILA GRACE
Book looks brand new, cant wait for my granddaughter to read it. This book is actual size not the wee ones that they have been selling lately. Exactly what I was looking for.Published 11 months ago by B. Y.
One of my favorite books of all time, an inspiration for my book The Hat in That and Catch the Cat. Thanks Dr. Seuss!Published 13 months ago by EC
I love the book, but on the front cover it came all scrunched up.Published 16 months ago by Brittany Martin
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