Recently I bought this as a gift realising that if I bought these five in bulk it would save about 45% to 50% over buying all these books individually. I was going to give two books to one person, and three to another, but I may well end up buying another set so both can have a complete set.
Before I parted with them I decided to take them out and read them. What amazes me is how great they are for a child starting to read.
You may not know that 'Happy Birthday' according to the Guinness Book of Records is the most sung song in the world. You may wonder why. Well, for one thing Happy Birthday contains 16 words, of which only two are not repeated many times. In fact there are 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, absudity, 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. I think 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.
How about: 'How wet would you let a wet pet get?'
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.
I know you will enjoy these absurd and surreal stories, and I hope this was helpful.
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Larry Power (Infamouselguapo)
May 29, 2010
Sep 10, 2013 07:54 PM UTC
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