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170 of 177 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful Which Version You Buy!, September 8, 2000
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This review is from: Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (Bright & Early Books(R)) (Library Binding)
Dr. Seuss' original book is a wonderful, rhythmic book. That book is suggested for children four to eight years old. It is NOT the same as the Bright and Early Board Book which will pull the same reviews here on Amazon.com as the original book!
The board book is an abridged version of the Dr. Seuss favorite. It is not a bad book (my son has fun with the board book which he received as a gift and likes to hear grandma make the sounds Mr. Brown makes). However, it is in no way as detailed as the original (no gum-chewing hippo for example) and the rhythm doesn't quite "work" in some places ("...He can sound like a bee. Mr Brown can buzz. How about you? Can you buzz? ...").
If I could separate my reviews I would give the Bright and Early Board book Two Stars and the Dr. Seuss original Four Stars. Perhaps if I didn't know that the board book was abridged I'd give it a higher score, but if you wish to make the better purchase, I'd suggest you go with the original.
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Initial post: Jul 11, 2011 10:15:05 AM PDT
MochaMom says:
Thank you Amy, for your notice about this being available as two different books. I still have MY own version of this from when I was a kid (in the 1970s) and now my daughter loves looking through it, but it's so tattered I wanted a new one. I would have been very disappointed if I had gotten the "abridged" board book version instead of the original. Thanks so much!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 9:45:03 PM PST
I agree that this is a very helpful review. I have the original but it is old looking and I am now building my 7 month old daughter's library with board books. I sometimes read her my old books and she loves all the silly sounds in this story. I wanted to get her a copy that could not easily be destroyed in the future. I would have been extremely disappointed had I not gotten the full version of this book. Your post should be at the top of the reviews! THANK YOU!!!!

Posted on May 26, 2012 7:29:55 AM PDT
D. DeMeo says:
Thank you! I thought the board book might be a better idea for my 2 year old (she's ok with regular books as long as I sit with her, I just can't let her use them on her own yet). Now that I know it's abridged I won't bother getting the board book.
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