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2.0 out of 5 stars disapointed, October 21, 2003
This review is from: The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss's Wacky Book of Opposites (Board book)
I was so disapointed in this book! My son (at age 2) loved this book in the original form we had; but he was a bit rough on it & I had to tape our copy a few times! So I searched everywhere for a board book version, and was so happy when I found one. I bought it without reading it first (which I almost never do) and was so disapointed in the quality! The pictures are poorly drawn (I think some of them may even be drawn by someone other than Dr. Seuss? maybe the original drawings could not be reprinted or something) and the rhymes were changed. They are awkward and I can't see why they needed to be changed in the first place! For example, changing "Feet in the morning...Feet at night" to "Feet in the day...Feet in the night". This is poor english, and what was wrong with it the way Dr. Seuss wrote it? Twice, they changed "Feet, feet, feet...how many, many feet you meet" to "how many different feet you meet". Again, why? It just sounds better the other way. And finally, why change "slow feet..quick feet...trick feet...sick feet" to "well feet"? It doesn't even make sense- what are Well Feet? The picture is a dog juggling balls- doing a "trick"! I am surprised that the Seuss trustees, who are usually so protective of Dr. Seuss' work would OK this book.
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Initial post: Jan 29, 2009 11:48:08 AM PST
A. Popa says:
Maybe the changes were made by those darn "literacy experts" because this book is part of the "Bright and Early" series. Don't know. I tend to agree with you and prefer the originals over the new versions. Thanks for the warning.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009 11:38:17 AM PDT
Leela says:
Same here, thanks for the warning!

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 11:08:14 AM PST
THANK YOU so much for the warning! I LOVED reading this to my older children --they enjoyed it as well :-)-- and needed a new copy to read to my younger kids and thought a board book would hold up better; so glad I didn't order it and then find out they'd ruined the book by changing it!

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 9:40:50 AM PST
Fatharock says:
I have had this problem with other books that I have bought for my grandchild, thinking them to be the exact same books that I read to my children lo these 25 years ago. Some of them are abbreviated to the point that much of the enjoyment of reading them is lost. I do not feel that the abridgment was make clear when they were purchased, also. The most notable example of this was the classic (in its original edition) "Go, Dog, Go!"
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