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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Green Eggs and Ham (1960)

Author: Dr. Seuss | Illustrator: Dr. Seuss | Page Count: 62

"I will not eat them in a box I will not eat them with a fox...."

The epic clash of Bravery and cowardice, Open Mindedness and stubbornness, Experimentation and Playing things safe, Peer Pressure and Standing true to your convictions plays out in this, one of Dr. Seuss’ most popular works in the form of an ever increasing list of rhymes of objects and dining partners that might make the titular meal more pleasurable to the man that Sam-I-Am relentlessly chases through the wonderfully illustrated pages that are sparse on heavy details and colors  but not on personality.

Looking at it from a whipper snapper’s point of view the style of the book is a great way to get into reading with the repetition of each sentence so that familiarity of the words will be beaten into your tiny little mind and that its very comic book in its writing style how there’s no descriptive or expositive text, just the character’s dialogue. This was done intentionally by Dr. Seuss after a bet was made that he couldn’t write a complete book using only 50 different words.   
I absolutely recommend this book as part of any little one’s step into literature and a gateway drug into becoming a right good bibliophile.

4 rancid eggs & molded hams out of 5

1 comment:

Impudent Urinal said...

Don't waste food you prick, just eat it. I don't like ham either, but when that's all there is....