Saturday, January 26, 2008

Intro. to Children and Thier Lit.: Green Eggs and Ham

Seuss, Dr. 1960. Green Eggs and Ham. NY: Beginner Books, Inc. ISBN: 9780394900162.

For almost a half a century, readers of all ages have been entertained by Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. With effectively playful words and quirky, five-colored (red, blue, yellow, black and, of course, green) illustrations that are offset by the white pages, the readers will follow the spirited Sam-I-am through the story as he tries to get the stubborn unnamed main character to eat the famous cuisine. With only fifty different words used, this Beginner Book with a rhyming scheme that constantly builds upon itself with the repetition of “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am” and the silly suggested locations of where the characters could eat the green eggs and ham (in a house, with a mouse, with a goat, on a boat, or on a train), readers will instantly become engaged and will have any reluctant reader reciting the whimsical rhyme to the very end when the main character discovers that he truly does like green eggs and ham. With its imaginative text and illustrations, Seuss’ classic will continue to delight children and adults with a story of trying something new for generations to come.

*Ask the group if they ever had to eat something that they thought they didn’t like but actually did when they did try it.
*Have the group list which foods are green.

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