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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday today, I am republishing a review I did on my Just Playin' Around blog back in September of last year.

When I was a kid, my mom joined a book club through which we collected a library of Dr. Seuss books. Unfortunately, a flood a few years ago destroyed these books so I don't have them for my own children. But recently, we have begun to rediscover Dr. Seuss and Beginner Books through the library. And since C and M have both been enjoying them so much, I bought a set of used books last week as a start to our own collection.

The collection we have is not just books written by Dr. Seuss, but also several Beginner Books and Bright and Early Books, which are written by other authors using a similar style. The most wonderful thing about these books is the way the kids just love to listen to them. They are such sing-song rhymes and funny stories that anyone - young and old - can enjoy them.

And as an added bonus, these books are filled with those high-frequency/sight words I mentioned earlier this week. For The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss took 220 high-frequency words and created a rhyming story around them. This means younger children who are early readers can actually read these books at a fairly young age. C could definitely read some of the Dr. Seuss books already, but they are so long he is overwhelmed with the idea of doing it. Some of the Beginner Books, though, are shorter so he can read those.

So here are all the books we have now - a few on loan through the library - as well as a short synopsis/review.

Board Books

We started reading Dr. Seuss when C was a toddler with Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book and Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? We have the board book versions of each of these, and they are just right for little ones. The kids both loved all the silly sounds Mr. Brown can make. And the alphabet book has some very funny and unusual choices for each letter.

Bright and Early Books

We have three books that fall under the Bright and Early Books series. The Foot Book is one that we haven't read much yet. But the kids love the other two. Inside, Outside, Upside Down is one in this series that C really loves to read himself, as I've mentioned before. I remember this one from my childhood and I always enjoyed it. The Berenstain Bears are the stars of this book. The other book we have in this series is Hand Hand Fingers Thumb, and I have to say this was my favorite growing up and I think M is feeling the same way about it. It has a wonderful rhythm to the book while the monkeys all drum on drums. Dum Ditty Dum Ditty Dum Dum Dum!

I Can Read it all by Myself Beginner Books

The majority of the books we have fall into the I Can Read it all by Myself Beginner Books series. Go, Dog, Go! was a gift several years ago and we've always enjoyed it. C can actually read most of it now, but again, it's too long and thus overwhelming for him. It's fun to read to the kids though. We borrowed The Cat in the Hat from the library and I really need to get a copy of our own since the kids like this one so much. We've been reading it to M most nights since we got it. They also like The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, which I had never heard of before but it's cute. It actually covers the alphabet while the Cat tries to clean up a big mess he made.

Green Eggs and Ham is another very popular Dr. Seuss book that we originally borrowed from the library, but now we have our own copy. The whole family likes this one. It's fun to read and the ending is a great lesson - try it and you'll like it as they say on Yo Gabba Gabba these days.

We have several others now that came in the set I bought: Hop on PopOne Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue FishTen Apples Up On Top and Put Me in the Zoo. My kids don't get as excited about any of these, but I'm glad we have them for some variety at some point! Plus, some of these are shorter and will be easier for C to read eventually. [Update 5 months later: C can read all of these now, as well as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham]

The final thing that was included in the set I bought is The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary, and I'm so glad we have this. The copy we got isn't in great shape so I may buy a new version at some point. This dictionary is so fun, and it covers much more than just nouns. It covers verbs and adjectives and adverbs, using short sentences and funny pictures of Dr. Seuss characters to define them.

For more information about this week's Friday Find, check out Dr. Seuss's Seussville!


  1. I've picked up nearly all our Dr. Seuss books at garage sales or thrift stores. We have a pretty nice collection and it didn't cost much...just a little time searching.


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