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The Cat in the Hat

A 1957 children's book by Dr. Seuss.

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A Staple in American Literature

  • Aug 3, 2010

          The Cat in the Hat written by the famous children's book writer, and illustrator Dr. Seuss is one of the many staples in American literature that everyone must read. This book provides everything you are looking for and more with its entertaining plot, invigorating pictures, humorous writing style, a few very important life lessons, and is a great educational tool. The Cat in the Hat delivers a life lesson while keeping you entertained with its goofy antics and colorful pictures. These qualities make this book a must read.

          The plot of the book, the writing style, and the pictures keep not only young readers but everybody hooked on this book. For those who haven’t read the Cat in the Hat a quick sentence summary is that it’s a rainy day two kids are inside and their mother’s out, a giant cat comes in wants to have fun the Fish says no you should be good while your mom is out, the Cat’s fun goes too far ruins the house, the kids prepare for punishment, but the Cat comes back and cleans it all up. The Cat in the Hat also has one of the best endings in history. The mother then comes back and asks what the kids did and the last sentence is of the book is “What would you do if your mother asked you?”  From the standpoint of reviewing the plot and not going any deeper it is a very pleasing way to end the book. This ending is certainly much better than if the Cat were to just clean up and the kids went back to do nothing. This ending provides a sense of mystery it makes you think, while at the same time leaves a strange feeling of closure on the story. The ending makes you think what the children told your mother, what you would do in a similar situation, while at the same time it shows you the story has ended and we can say goodbye to the Cat, the children, and the Fish. At the same time the ending also points to a life lesson that you can also go to your parents for anything. The ending of this book is one of the main reasons why this book is so good. Another high point of this book is the writing style. You could describe the writing many ways such as it flows together, and is on the comedic side. Now The Cat in the Hat doesn’t provide the same comedic writing style as other Dr. Seuss books because it doesn’t provide made up silly words, or fictitious animals with amusing pictures, but this book sacrifices that for a good cause. The extreme hilarity is sacrificed so a moral is apparent, and because of this it makes the book appropriate for a wider audience rather than just young children. The words flow together with the use of rhyming and structure. The flow of the words makes it easier to read this book and more enjoyable. Finally the pictures used in this book help readers enjoy the book on another level. Not only does it help younger readers enjoy the book but it helps everyone enjoy the book. Who doesn’t enjoy a good picture book? The style of writing, the ploy, and the illustrations are key reasons why this book is so popular.

          Another key reason why this book is world renowned is because of the life lessons and morals it bestows in its readers. While it may not seem obvious The Cat in the Hat does offer teachings. Many lessons can be interpreted by reading The Cat in the Hat like there is such a thing as to much fun. To me that lesson is extremely apparent and while it is there, you can still go deeper and find deeper lessons. I’d like to talk about two lessons specifically the main lesson I see from reading the story, and the lesson that is taught with the last line in the book. From reading the book I saw that it was trying to teach me that you need to learn when to say no. That doesn’t mean that when something like this happens you immediately say no. Nothing really bad or chaotic happened until the Things were let loose. In this situation when the Things were brought in that was the time to say no. Some may say that the time to say no was when the Cat stepped in the front door. While that was an acceptable time to say no or stop the children didn’t gain anything. If the children had allowed the Cat in to play up until he mentioned the Things the children would’ve gained the experience of fun for a little bit while not losing a whole lot either. Sure there would’ve been a tiny mess to clean up but that’s nothing. In other situations it would have been crucial to say no right off the bat, such as situations with peer pressure. If a group of people want to go off and do some illegal thing you need to know to say no. This book teaches that skill the ability to know when to say no. Another lesson in this book I want to talk about deals with the last sentence of the book. To me the last sentence implies that it is ok to go to your parents about anything. While this may have not been intended in the ending and the ending was just supposed to be an ending I got that vibe from it. The morals and life lessons The Cat in the Hat have to offer also makes it a timeless classic.
          My final reason to why this book is so good is its contribution to the education system. For those just starting school this book is a fun way to teach kids how to read. For those a little further along in their education it can be used to teach kids the deeper meanings in books, how to profile characters, write summaries of books, find who is the antagonist and the protagonist etc. The best part about The Cat in the Hat in education is those receiving the learning will love any lesson plan that involves The Cat in the Hat. All of these traits and the ability to use The Cat in the Hat to enhance learning on almost any level makes it a powerful educational tool.
         This book provides everything you are looking for and more with its entertaining plot,invigorating pictures, humorous writing style,a few very important life lessons, and is a great educational tool.This book is used around the world because of these reasons. If you haven’t experienced the sensation that is The Cat in the Hat I would like to know how big the rock is you live under. In short this book is a staple in American literature, a timeless classic, a must read and so much more. For these reasons I give The Cat in the Hat the perfect score of 5 out of 5 points. Dr. Seuss’ fascinating tale of a Cat coming to cheer a couple of kids up is one of America’s golden gems.
A Staple in American Literature

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August 09, 2010
Wow, this is a wicked in-depth review of The Cat in the Hat -- I love it! This was one of my favorites growing up, but I never looked into it in such depth before. Thanks for sharing!
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Quick Tip by . November 06, 2010
Classic Seuss. Need I say More? With a Seuss in my hands, I never will snore. I'll not shut my eyes, not a wink, not a blink! With a Seuss in my hands I'll do nothing but think!
review by . June 14, 2010
This book tells the story of the Cat messing up the house while the kids parents were out. Good message to kids about not letting anybody in when their parents are away from home. This is a very good book I have read this too my kids as well as the kids I have taught in pre-school.
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
Theodore Goessel (BKA Dr. Seuss) shook up the juvenile world with this instant loopy classic by addressing the imagination, fears, and desires of children everywhere.
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
Not as bad as some of Dr.Seuss' other stuff. Perhaps a redemptive ending. Has the sad sense of American abandonment that western children feel. A cat has to come play with the kids?
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
For a children's story it really keeps you on the edge of your seat! Suess' quirky characters and signature rhyme scheme makes this one of the best storybooks ever.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Just a classic, nothing extraordinary. If you are in america you must to know this book, if you are in somewhere else, don't even try.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
These are the best books for children. They are easy to read and you learn a little something.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
a favorite for everyone no matter the age. dr seuss is absolutely brilliant in every piece of work he does. though maybe a little crazy. thats probably the most important part of being brilliant.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Every child has a little naughty and nice. This book is alright. It did put the kids a little on the dis empowered side. That cat in his hat!
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
A fun read with young children.
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The Cat in the Hat is a children's book by Dr. Seuss, featuring a tall, anthropomorphic, mischievous cat, wearing a tall, red and white striped hat, and a bowtie. He also carries an umbrella. With the series of Beginner Books that The Cat inaugurated, Seuss promoted both his name and the cause of elementary literacy in the United States.

In the first book featuring the character (The Cat in the Hat, 1957), the Cat brings a cheerful, exotic and exuberant form of chaos to a household of two young children one rainy day while their mother leaves them unattended. Bringing with him two creatures appropriately named Thing One and Thing Two, the Cat performs all sorts of wacky tricks to amuse the children, with mixed results. The Cat's antics are vainly opposed by the family pet, who is a sentient and articulate goldfish. The children (Sally and her older brother, who serves as the narrator) ultimately prove exemplary latchkey children, capturing the Things and bringing the Cat under control. To make up for the chaos he has caused, he cleans up the house on his way out, disappearing seconds before the mother arrives.

The book has been popular since its publication, and a logo featuring the Cat adorns all Dr. Seuss publications and animated films produced after The Cat in the Hat. The Cat holds up a cup, some milk, a cake, three books, the Fish, a rake, a toy boat, a toy man, a red fan and his umbrella while he's on a ball.

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