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The Cat in the Hat Hardcover – March 12, 1957
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He may be an old standby, but he never lets us down. When in doubt, turn to the story of the cat that transformed a dull, rainy afternoon into a magical and just-messy-enough adventure. There's another, hidden adventure, too: this book really will help children learn to read. With his simple and often single-vowel vocabulary, the good Doctor knew what he was doing: hear it, learn it, read it--laughing all the way. The Cat in the Hat is a must for any child's library.
"[Dr. Seuss] has...instilled a lifelong love of books, learning and reading [in children]" - The Telegraph "Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses" - The Express "The magic of Dr. Seuss, with his hilarious rhymes, belongs on the family bookshelf" - Sunday Times Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Both of my kids were born in the US and I read for them every single day. They are growing up hearing different stories then I did, and I am very much enjoying the ride with them.
When I first read them a Dr. Seuss book I had mixed feelings. I honestly wasn't very sure if I had liked it or not. But after reading a few books, it just grew in me. Dr. Seuss' books are magical. There is something about them (their oddness, I presume?) that simply sticks to your mind. And most of them have a very nice hidden message among all the chaotic scenarios and crazy characters.
Now Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors, and The Cat in The Hat my favorite character.
This book is simply great for preschoolers and kindergartners (older kids too!). The rhymes and the humor are spot on.
I had read it first at the library and end up buying it as a gift to another foreigner kid who wasn't familiar with the story. It was a hit.
I remember both books as a youngster as they went way beyond See Dick Run, etc. I have a 'gift' for reading - I was reading Mark Twain in the 3rd grade and was tested at a high school Senior level as a 5th grader. As an 7th grader I tested as a college graduate in reading. The funny thing is I can't spell worth a crap - I finally resorted to just memorizing the words in the early grades as I just could not sound them out. I was once told that I - somehow - learned to read a whole paragraph at a time instead of individual words. As a high school senior I was tested at 1600 to 1800 words a minute (I was told the average person reads more 200 to 300 words a minute at that time).
But I loved Dr. Suess books - I believe all kids love them - my daughter learned to read from us reading the book 2 or 3 times and then expecting her to at least learn to recognize the 1 and 2 letter words (and very quickly she progressed to 3 & 4 letter words - it was quite simply amazing to she her progress!) - she shocked the Kindergarten teacher as she could already read at around the 3rd grade by then. The stories are silly enough that when coupled with the bright colors of the illustrations and a parent helping them along that most kids 'teach' themselves to read without even realizing it.
A BTW - I caught my daughter 'memorizing' both the text in the stories AND her spelling words. I very quickly got her to stop 'learning' to spell that way as I didn't want to suffer the way I have with my horrible spelling. However - the memorizing large amount of text has lead to her being in a movie, some commercials and several plays in college.
I bought 2 copies of this book to give (along with The Grinch) to 2 of my wifes relatives who are expecting in a few months. This quite simply a book that all children will benefit from be exposed to.
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR ALL CHILDREN - a rare rating of a perfect 10 from me!!!
Despite this, Seuss' "Cat In the Hat" is a classic for good reason... it connects with most children and seems to engage them in reading.
My own experience with this book with my 4 year old son is nothing short of astonishing. My son is learning to read and this book's melodic and simplified vocabulary keeps him engaged and builds his confidence with each sentence. The pictures are whimsical (kinda disturbing for me), and in a weird way, comforting for children. My kid can now recite most of this book from memory now and feels confident enough to read other sources.
I'm only knocking off a star because the pictures still give me the heebie jeebies, but that's just me.
Grand-kids love it when I visit and read a book to go to sleep. It is the perfect way to get them to relax, either for nap or bed. Gives nice subject to dream about too.