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  • Sep 30, 2011
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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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June 13, 2013
Good stuff for kinds!
 
October 01, 2011
Thanks Larry, great review. We own these titles separately, but this collection sounds like a great deal!
October 02, 2011
Yeah, I bought it for family as a gift.
 
September 30, 2011
I love Dr. Seuss and yes, I think this would make a great gift for a child learning to read or for the adult that read them growing up. Thanks for sharing :)
October 01, 2011
Thanks Djevoke. I will be sure to check out your review as I become more familiar with the site.
 
September 30, 2011
Awesome review and review title, Larry! And that's a great idea for saving a few bucks. I love Dr. Seuss :)
October 01, 2011
I was not sure about using it, so I appreciate you mentining it.
 
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A boxed set of the good doctor's greatest works includesThe Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss's ABC, Fox in Sox, Green Eggs and Ham,andOne Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
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ISBN-10: 0679838465
ISBN-13: 978-0679838463
Author: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

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