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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: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 13, 2000
Format: Library Binding
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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Cute book encouraging reading, that really is all about reading with your eyes open being the best way to read. Long enough for a good story yet short enough to read before bed time. Also, nice for an adult to follow yet not too hard for my 3 year old as well. Cute and happy to have to our cat in the hat collection.
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I like this book because it is good for beginner readers. My children are on sight words and beginning stages of phonics and they are doing good working through the beginning of the book. I take over reading towards the middle of the book but it definitely gives them a great start.
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I gave it 3 stars b/c the story is okay. It is a short book which is nice for bed time, but my 3 1/2 YO was not that interested in it. My son is at that age where he questions everything and Dr. Seuss books are very imaginative so "how does he read with his eyes shut?" is the question I get over and over again.
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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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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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