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I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (Beginner Books) Hardcover – October 12, 1978


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 12, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394839129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394839127
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses.
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Illus. in full color. "In Seuss's familiar rhymed couplets and illustrations, the Cat in the Hat shows Young Cat some wonderful stuff about reading with both eyes open."--School Library Journal.  

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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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Customer Reviews

Dr. Seuss is just so creative.
Meroeh Rabieifar
I liked this book because it was silly, funny, it had lots of rhyming words and I could read it myself!
Elizabeth L. Smith
I would recommend this book for children just learning to read.
Mallory Liss

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2000
Format: Library Binding
This is a fabulous book that every parent should read with their children!
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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I may have a biased opinion, because this book was dedicated to my late father, David Worthen. My father was an ophthalmologist and operated on Dr. Seuss' eyes in the late 1970s. To me, this book is about the importance of sight, which allows us to read, learn, explore, and imagine. I hope that someone will duplicate it in braille so that non-sighted people can enjoy it too.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Chaumette on June 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book struck me as being for children who are learning to read more than some of the other Seuss books. My son (only 2 1/2) likes it because of the Cat in the Hat and the little cat following him around. One of the things about the book is the not-so-subtle message that yes, you can read (see the world) with your eyes shut, but you can see much more with them open.
It's a nice thought.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By csm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2005
Format: Library Binding
This book is probably good if you have a young reader wanting to read a simple book. But if you're reading it to a child before bedtime, it doesn't really tell much of a story. I know that sounds weird, but it just kinda gets annoying after awhile to some children and it doesn't really spark too much imagination. Yes, it does create conversation about why the cat goes through trying to read with his eyes shut, but really, it just isn't all that much fun for a child to read. I'd try something else first like Go Dog Go, or just check this one out of the library first before buying it. You may like it but my family didn't. It just was boring to them. They couldn't wait until I put it down and picked up another book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge Dr. Seuss fan -- he taught me to read -- but this is, in all honesty, not one of his better books. The message is great (reading, yay!) but the delivery is weak. The artwork and the text are both a bit flat, and he seems to be straining to emulate the vibrant wackiness of his earlier work. There's nothing "wrong" with this book, but you may find yourself reading it, wondering why it just isn't as fun as it ought to be. It's okay, but there are better books out there, including a LOT of great ones he's written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Olson on May 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It's short and easy to read. The artwork is wonderful. Great for beginning readers! You can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We enjoyed this book. As the cat in the hat goes though various ways of reading,first one eye, then the other, with both his eyes shut,and other ways he finally concludes its eaiset to read with both eyes wide open. It silliness appeal to children(and adults),and renforces the correct way to read, not with one hand over your eyes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mallory Liss on December 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a good beginners good for children. I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! will induce a child's imagination. This book that rhymes, also incourages children to read and how good reading is. I would recommend this book for children just learning to read. It's a good explanation to why reading is so important!
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