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Seuss-isms: Wise and Witty Prescriptions for Living from the Good Doctor (Life Favors(TM)) Hardcover – March 11, 1997

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In his remarkably perceptive trademark style, America's favorite doctor takes on everything from aging to activism, popovers to green eggs and ham, belief in others to belief in yourself. Irreverent and refreshing, here's a book no self-respecting Seussophile should be without!

...An ideal gift for graduation, birthdays, or any special occasion.(All ages) -- Random House

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This book contains prescriptions for wisdom written by the good doctor himself: "A person's a person, no matter how small." and  "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." In his remarkablely perceptive trademark style, America's favorite doctor takes on everything from aging to activism, popovers to green eggs and ham, belief in others to belief in yourself. Irreverent and refreshing, here's a book no self-respecting Seussophile should be without!  
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Series: Life Favors(TM)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Gift edition (March 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679883568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679883562
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.3 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,397 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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By A Customer on December 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I'm giving this book to 10 middle managers - while initially they'll probably think it's childish, once they read it they will understand why they received it. Seuss gives us all a simplified view of life and applying the basics to home and work. I also highly recommend everyone read "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Wisdom" by Taro Gold.
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Dr. Seuss is unfortunately looked over by some people as just a guy who wrote silly little children's books. That may be partially true, but all of his books had a much deeper meaning if you are willing to be open-minded and take a closer look. His work is brilliant and outlandishly creative; so much so that he is recognized as the creator of the word `Nerd' in the English language when the word was first featured in his 1950 book `If I Ran the Zoo.' Some people believe that it is unfair to take quotes from his work after his death and related it to `lessons of life' the way this book does and that the quotes have no relation at all to what they are connected with. I don't believe that is true at all; I believe that he wrote these stories with the exact meaning they are realted too, which is why his books are brilliant. Here are two of my favorite quotes from the book so you can judge for yourself...

ON EQUALITY AND JUSTICE

`I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down at the bottom we, too, should have rights.'

ON GOING PLACES

`The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.'

If you still think Dr. Suess books are just for kids then ponder this...

`Every book is a children's book if the kid can read' - Mitch Hedberg
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By A Customer on August 12, 1997
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Seuss-isms is a super book! It's funny, easy to read (it's a book of quotes from his many books)
and entertaining. Anyone from 3 to 1,003 will enjoy this wonderful book (I'm 12, and I love this book,and so does my mom)
Read it!!!!
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Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors and I love his quotes. This book was disappointing because many of my favorite quotes weren't even in the book which was very brief. When ordering online, you don't realize that this is actually a mini-sized book that will fit in your pocket.
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The person from Durham clearly missed the point of this book. Certainly, Dr. Seuss did not set out to write specifically about "Equality and Justice, "Diversity," or "Activism," but he didn't have to! (Mmm...but upon deeper thought, I think he *did* set out to write about these very issues!)
This is a great little compilation, and doesn't feel forced or faked or "context-less" at all. If you are upset and if you find this particular book to be simply a marketing ploy, then you're not heeding the Good Doctor: "So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life's A Great Balancing Act."
Certainly, I'll buy books by Dr. Seuss. But I'll buy this one, too, several times.
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Dr. Seuss was a man who could stretch out a set of simple words to delight and entertain his audience. But at the same time, his books also held a deeper meaning on important issues: The Lorax and the Butter Battle Book come to mind.
This slim tome is full of little pieces of wisdom, in Seuss' own words and with his drawings. It's Suess-Lite, but perfect for when you just need a smile, or a breather. Sometimes the simplicity lets us look at our selves better and to see the simple truths in living. It is a perfect little gift for the graduate, or just to keep on your desk for when you need a smile, and a short breather to put life in perspective.
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This is not a critique of Dr. Seuss, nor a bash of his works... BUT... REALLY... It's almost like the few pages of this tiny book get lost between the covers. You can read and digest what little has been printed in this book in less than 2 minutes(even if you're not the fastest reader!). Considering the wealth of writings of Dr. Seuss, please don't waste your time with this pitiful excuse for a publication. Just buy the books... you'll get a LOT more bang for your buck!
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Based on other comments, I bought this as a "stocking stuffer" type gift to go along with something a little more substantial for my Mom's birthday. Am I ever glad I didn't ship it directly to her! This is little more than a hardcover pamphlet with disjointed, context-less snippets from Ted Geisel's wonderful books forced into highly unlikely, even bizarre categories invented by some editor years after the good Doctor's death (would you believe Dr. Seuss "On Equality and Justice," or "On Diversity" or "On Activism?"). I found myself recoiling from this obvious attempt to milk a few extra bucks out of the Dr. Seuss legacy on the cheap. Buy it for yourself if you were just going to toss that money in the gutter anyway, but don't embarrass yourself or the recipient by presenting this painfully obvious marketing project as a gift. Buy a book by Dr. Seuss instead.
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