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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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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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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: 6.8 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,155 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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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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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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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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When I rediscovered my old trove of children's books and began to read them to my son, I found that Dr. Seuss' works held up the best; many of them, like "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," "Yertle the Turtle," and "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!," are witty and charming enough to entertain an adult.

"I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!" is not a member of this category.

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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Ordered 3 books from Your Online Bookstore in new condition. I am donating the whole Dr Seuss series to Children's Medical Center in Dallas, where our grandson has been receiving treatment for leukemia. These books are definitely not new, or even clean-looking, so we wasted our money as they can only accept new books. These books did not meet the description of new, and should not be listed as such.
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In this book the Cat in the Hat makes a great effort to read with his eyes shut, only to realize that it's much easier and better to read with his eyes open. And he goes on to marvel about everything that you can read about, and everything you can learn through books. It's a beautiful and inspiring introduction into the importance of reading, a Seuss-must-have!!!
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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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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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