Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! (Book reviews and activities)

Today is Dr. Seuss's birthday, and in his honor, we'll be listing a few Dr. Seuss reviews here. There are still many Seuss books we have not yet read together, including a lot of the most beloved. If I can figure out how, I'll also be trying out the "Mr. Linky" tool at the end of the post, so people can share their own posts about Dr. Seuss, including reviews, activities, coloring pages, etc.

According to Wikipedia, Theodore Geisel wrote over 60 books, sold over 222 million copies, and penned 16 of the top 100 best-selling children's books of all times, as compiled in a 2000 Publishers Weekly list.

And now onto some reviews:

Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! (Board book), by Dr. Seuss. We have the board book and full versions of Dr. Seuss's A, B, C, and mom and dad know both versions by heart. This is quite possibly the book we've read the most since our bookworm was born.


"Big A, little A, what begins with A? Aunt Annie's Alligator, A, A, A."

Bookworm's interest at under 12 months: At times, we've had to hone our speed reading skills to keep pace with the frantic page turning, but it has remained a consistent hit in our house.

Parent's Peeve: I'm not a big fan of the Zizzer Zazzer Zuzz. Why not a zipped up zebra zooming through the zoo? But I love the rest.

Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books) (Library Binding), by Dr. Seuss. I squeezed in many a read of this classic when the bookworm was an infant. The storyline follows a character obstinately refusing to eat Green Eggs and Ham no matter where or in what manner they is offered, until he finally succumbs and finds that he, in fact, does like them. It is perfect for a picky eating toddler.


"Would you, could you, in the rain?/I would not, could not, in the rain. Not in the dark. Not on a train. Not in a car. Not in a tree. I do not like them, Sam, you see."

Bookworm's interest at 15 months: He'll make it through about 3/4 of the book on a good day.

One Fish, Two Fish, Three, Four, Five Fish (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection) (Board book), by Dr. Seuss. A board book version of the Seuss classic. It's short and sweet, with a little bit of counting, a little bit of color teaching, and a little bit of Seuss silliness.


"Three fish/four fish/Here come more fish!"

Bookworm's interest at under 12 months: The bookworm has always liked the board book version of this book. The little plastic fish on the top are a bonus, but the book is what keeps his interest.

The Tooth Book (Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners) (Hardcover), by Theo Lesieg. The Tooth Book was written by Dr. Seuss, who (according to an explanatory page in the book) used the pen name Theo Lesieg when not illustrating himself. (Dr. Seuss's real name is Theodor Geisel, and Lesieg is Geisel spelled backwards). Joe Mathieu illustrates this fun book which praises the merits of teeth and offers a bit of off the wall dental health advice ("And don't be dumb like Katy Klopps. Don't try to chew off bottle tops!"). The book concludes "And never bite your dentist when he works inside your head. Your dentist is your teeth's best friend. Bite carrot sticks instead!" This might make a nice gift for a child just starting to make regular trips to the dentist.


"'They come in handy when you chew,' says Mr. Donald Driscoll Drew. 'That's why my family grew a few.'"

Bookworm's interest at 14 months: He liked to be read this one when very young. This length of book is sometimes difficult for him at this age (14 1/2 months), but I think we'll try it again this week and see what he thinks. He understands mouths and chewing now, so the images of teeth might amuse him.

The Cat in the Hat (Hardcover), by Dr. Seuss. This was a fun one to read to him when the little guy was an infant, and he'd sit nicely through the whole thing. Now that he's a wriggly toddler, he won't tolerate it all, but I'm sure he'll love it again in a few months or years.

Bookworm's interest at 12 months: He likes the image of the cat in the hat.

Parent's Peeve: If I'm being nit picky, I'm not all that comfortable with the message that it's ok for two kids left alone to let a stranger into the house (even if he is the Cat in the Hat). But, we have to suspend reality for Dr. Seuss!

Have a Seuss review or related activity on your site? Just want to offer a Happy Birthday wish? Sign the "Mr. Linky" below and share it with us! {Edit: Mr. Linky removed.}


Allie said...

I love your reviews,I always think the same thing about the cat in the hat!

Britt said...

Yeah, I have issues with the Cat in the Hat too. And at 16 months mine won't sit through any of them.... my preschooler and I are enjoying Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! lately.
And we hads green eggs for lunch.

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

I totally missed his birthday. I'm going to have to put it on the calender so I can do something special next year. You're on the ball though!