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I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (Beginner Books) Hardcover – October 12, 1978
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Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses.
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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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Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! was one of her picks.
To me, the brilliance of this book is in its title. This book encourages children to memorize this book. My four children all began to learn to read by first memorizing books. Then they could begin to match what they had memorized with words on the page. The next step was to then identify the word and be able to say it in an unmemorized book. Finally, they could read alone. Memorization is a key step, and I notice that many first-time parents don't realize that. Dr. Seuss provides the big clue here for children and parents. The choice of long words with funny sounds is particularly clever as a way to encourage memorizing. Who could decode Mississippi, Indianapolis, Hallelujah, Schenectady, and Wilkes-Barre the first time they saw them? Putting the place names on signs on a road emphasizes the child's obvious interest in becoming a driver some day. Brilliant!
Aside from the theme, the book has the great qualities of all Dr. Seuss's books for learning to read. There's lots of repetition.Read more ›
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Seuss completely phoned this one in. The art is subpar, the meter -- usually the central feature of a Seuss book -- is inconsistent, and very little of Seuss' trademark mischievous whimsy is present. It's apparent that, regardless of whether he was doing this book for the paycheck or whether his deadline was too demanding, he just didn't invest as much effort into this one as usual. The bulk of "I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!" comes across as a joyless, fumbling retread of "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish," but with a tacked-on "reading is good" subtext.
Still, it's Seuss, and a two-year-old won't know the difference. But parents will, and you can't help but unfavorably compare this book to the rest of Seuss' oeuvre.
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My tutoree (kindergartner) was a bit challenged by the number of pages to read. But agreed to read together. She liked the story and got a good laugh from it. Read morePublished 5 days ago by LaSenorita
I like this book because it is good for beginner readers. My children are on sight words and beginning stages of phonics and they are doing good working through the beginning of... Read morePublished 6 days ago by mtkippers
Classic Dr. Seuss, and what kid doesn't love his silly rhyming books?Published 1 month ago by Crys, the Cat Fancier
This is a great book. With this book, I taught our daughter to read when she was very young and now the grandchildren each have a copy. You cannot go wrong with Dr. Seuss.Published 1 month ago by Grama F
This may be one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. It was such a fun read and I loved reading it to my kids. I’ve always loved that Dr. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Vi the Vi3tBabe