- 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: 7 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 (1,228 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks) Hardcover – Box set, September 22, 2009
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
But, what a major disappointment. The thin, cheap paper ruins the entire experience. When you can see through the page to the drawing on the reverse, the easily-distracted three year old is just...distracted.
I feel like these are overpriced for the quality.
The stories, the illustrations, are all the same beloved ones from my childhood, but the cutting of corners on paper and binding quality are upsetting. There's no way this set will last through one grandchild, much less two.
For shame. I feel like Dr. Seuss himself would be ashamed to have his name on these.
I've just opened a couple of them at random and taken pics to show you the bleed-through of the images and words on the reverse side of the page. It didn't matter which books I chose, all are this way. And I took these pics under lamplight. The effect is ever so much worse in daylight.
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.
The Cat in the Hat reputedly contains 220 unique words given by an educator to Seuss to rhyme as the essential words for a child to learn, and created the memorable absurdity of two children and a prankish cat.
Seuss won a Pulitzer prize in 1984 for his overall literary work, so if you want to get your child or someone else's to read Pulitzer prize winning literature at an early age, you need look no further.
If you like this consider also The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, another Seuss book, seven stories in a single book, for the price of a single story book.
Recently, I had the opportunity to try out these books on my niece who is 4. She had some familiarity with Green Eggs and Ham. Even though her reading skills are not fully developed she was totally engaged with this story and able to anticipate several passages. I was quite impressed with her level of focus and engagement, and she was able to point out the different characters in the pictures and name them. I then read Cat in the Hat changing the names of the children to her and her brothers name which further increased her level of engagement.
It works on adults too. My other sister had used it with her kids, and was able to recite an entire page looking at me without looking at the book, slightly crossing her eyes as she spoke.
I know you will enjoy these absurd and surreal stories, and I hope you found this helpful.
Although she is still a bit young to read these books, I enjoy reading them to her and having fun with the rhyming of the stories. Once she is too old for these, I know my nephew will be next in line to enjoy these books.
A family must for me!
Im glad i got these, as she needed some new books - transition from baby books to bigger kid books!
I didnt grew up in US, so never grew up reading any Dr.Seuss.
But now i understand why they are so precious. Its not your stupid Cinderella, or some princess stories. I dont buy those!