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Oh, Say Can You Say? Hardcover – October 12, 1979

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Caution: for advanced storytellers only! The tongue twisters in this book will have your children laughing for hours--and that laughter just might be directed at you! Mixing genuine words with classic Seuss vocabulary, Oh Say Can You Say gets trickier with every page. You'll start off easy with this cautionary limerick:
Said a book-reading parrot named Hooey, "The words in this book are all phooey. When you join them your lips will make slips and back flips, and your tongue may end up in Saint Looey!"
Don't say he didn't warn you. For a truly inspired family gigglefest, this is the top of the charts. (Preschool to early reader) --Jill Lightner

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"Dr Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses." The Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (October 12, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394842553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394842554
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A person's a person, no matter how small," Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."

Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927. Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humorous articles for Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at that time. His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair, and Liberty. Geisel gained national exposure when he won an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. He coined the phrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" which became a popular expression.

Geisel published his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.

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Format: Hardcover
"Oh Say Can You Say?" is a collection of tongue twisters from the fertile pen of the great Dr. Seuss. Each twister is accompanied by Seuss's characteristically whimsical illustrations. The collection is introduced by a frazzled-looking parrot named Hooey.
"Oh Say" contains Seussian imaginary creatures (the Schnak, the Grox, etc.) and silly characters ("a musical urchin named Gretchen von Schwinn," the acrobatic Fuddnuddler brothers, etc.). Along the way are such tongue-torturing phrases as "Skipper Zipp's Clipper Ship Chip Chop Shop." The colorful illustrations, as one might expect from Seuss, are bursting with surreal energy. Overall, a lot of fun, especially if you love rhyme and alliteration.
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The first time my husband read this book to our daughter, we both split a gut! Then I tried, of course I was a little better :). Oh my goodness....the giggles from a 2 year old are fabulous. Now that she's three - it's even better. And when her conservative Pop-pop reads this book to her the laughs from the WHOLE family can wake up the neighbors! Lots of fun....GREAT book.
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This book is an endless source of amusement. My son enjoys listening to this book, especially the part "and speaking of christmas. Here are some great gifts to give to your daddy". I have changed the name from Jim to Tim (that's his dad's name), my son just shreaks with laughter at this part of the book. Me, I just love it. I never read this book the same way twice. It is a good way to build vocabulary (adults and children).
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its a rhymeing book good for all ages and fun to read. It will leave you with a smile on your face wondering how he did it again. Dr. Seuss is a great author and shows you why once again in this book....
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This was an absolutely wonderful book. I would recomend this book to anyone interested in reading a book that doesn't take long to read, and that is just a whole lot of fun. Dr. Seuss uses the sounds of words to make delightful, and humorous rhymes. I also love this book, because the humor,(unlike most of the reading materials today), is not offensive. This book is just one laugh after another. Kids will enjoy reading this book, because it is interesting, and engaging. Also, this book doesn't stay on one topic for too long, and for that reason, this book caters to young attention spans. All in all, it was a good book
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I remember this book from when I was a child and since my husband loves reading Dr. Seuss's tounge twister books (a la Fox in Sox) to my 13 month old daughter and this is one of the toughest of them, I decided to buy it for them. My husband is so proud of himself when he can get through the whole book without flubbing, and my daughter seems to really enjoy to rhyming and silliness of it. A very fun book for child and adult!
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This book was one of my husbands favorites when he was growing up, and now that we are expecting a child he wanted our son to have the same experience. He was so excited when it arrived that he read it to me as a bedtime story. The riddles start out easy, but by the end of the book your tongue is so twisted it's hard to say anything!! It's a lot of fun and we really look forward to hearing our son try to say these riddles when he learns to speak.
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A Kid's Review on December 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a really good book. I liked all the tounge twister. I could Hardly say most of them fast. I think this would be a harder book for younger children.
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