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Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Hardcover – Box set, September 22, 2009

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THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375851569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375851568
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 2.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,041 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Howard Hamilton on December 24, 2011
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I ordered these books online not realizing that they had been reduced in size. They are smaller than the standard Dr. Seuss books I grew up with, but they still work. The pictures and text have been reduced in size but are still legible.
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Great childrens book collection and it was delivered quickly. The books can be kept easily organized in the cardboard case that they came in. I would recommend this book collection for grandparents like ourselves to purchase for grandchildren between 1 and 8 years old.
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Recently I bought this as a gift as buying five in bulk would save about 45% over buying these books individually. This is five separate books in a boxed set so you could gift each book separately if you choose.

What amazes me is how great they are for a child starting to read.

Happy Birthday, according to the Guinness Book of Records is the most sung song in the world. Happy Birthday contains 16 words, of which only two are not repeated many times. In fact it has only six unique words. Part of the ease of understanding comes with repetition.

Green Eggs and Ham has about 60 unique words and 500 to 600 words overall, very cleverly done, and outstanding for a child learning to read, with entertaining color illustrations on each page, great rhyme, repetition and variation and parallel structure, even reversal.

Here is an example with parallel structure and rhyme:

So I will eat them in a box
And " " " " with a fox.
" " " " " in a house.
" " " " " with a mouse.
" " " " " here and there.
" " " " " anywhere.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE.

Now see if you can sing these words to the tune of Happy Birthday. I think you will find the meter is similar. It's quite ingenious. And I think Green Eggs and Ham will encourage a child to try new things.

And a reversal pattern:

I am Sam. Sam I am.

Hop on Pop is a great first book for a child to make rhyme associations through, very entertaining and for a beginner.

Fox in Socks is full of tongue twisters.

One fish two fish red fish blue fish. Notice the repetition through parallel structure.
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My grandaughter hates to do her homework. She is in first grade. I bought the books. She was so amazed that she could read them by herself. It has given her confidence. Great success story.
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All of the pages are transparent! How do you overlook or are not bothered by that!? Kind of hard to enjoy the story when the illustrations on the back of the page are showing through. I wish i could return this for a better quality product.
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Dr. Seuss is of course great. Unfortunately, I'm very disappointed with the quality of this printing. The paper is of low quality, which results in the illustrations from one page showing through onto the next, ruining the whole effect at least for me. I suppose I'll need to buy used copies of older editions of these works to experience them for the artistic masterpieces they are. Too bad.
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After reading a couple reviews I was worried these books would be low quality, but I ordered them anyway. The books are not the original large ones I remember, but they're a good size, ~ 7" x 9". They're hardcover and the binding is good. The pages are not terribly thin as one reviewer said. The colors and printing are good. All-in-all, perfectly fine books. Glad I bought them.
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Bought this set for a baby shower gift, was well received. Such a nice classic group of books to start off a little one with.
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