Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Green Eggs and Ham

Can you get any more classic than Dr. Seuss? We all grew up on him, and our children are all growing up on him as well. I mentioned yesterday that 4 1/2 year-old Kyle is learning to read (notice that I did not say that I am teaching him to read. He's just learning, and I'm now doing my part to help him along).

He recently asked to read Green Eggs and Ham. I hadn't read it in a while, but honestly -- it's never been one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. All that "I will not eat them in a box; I will not eat them with a fox" repeated over and over (and over) again is enough to drive a mother crazy.

Ah, but for a beginning reader, how perfect is that? Certainly after being shown a few times, Kyle was then able to read along with me as I pointed to the "I will not eat them" and with the predictability of the rhyme, he could fill in fox after reading box previously.

So, it's all good -- not to mention the inimitable rhythm of Dr. Seuss which makes the reading of such a book palatable even when I didn't think I was up for it.

We'll be reading Green Eggs and Ham again in the near future, I'm sure.

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8 comments:

Alicia said...

It is tough to get through sometimes with all the "I will not...," but wow the hunger of a budding reader-that gets us every time, doesn't it?

Lindsay said...

o yea Dr. Suess is certainly a classic. I read my son this book since his name is Samuel (well call him Sammy) but he likes to hear the Sam I am part and he points to himself :-P

It sounds like it is a perfect book for the beginning reader!

Carrie said...

I think you are right - you can't get much more classic than Green Eggs and Ham! We haven't tried reading that one yet. He IS willing to sit through Horton Hears a Who (he loves hte movie so much) so maybe he's more ready than I think for GH&H. Hmmm. Might be time for some experimentation...

Margot said...

I know what you mean about reading this over and over as a mother. Fortunately, as a grandmother, it doesn't bother me in the least. (There are lots of advantages in being a Nana.)

I agree with you that this makes a great book for beginning readers. Great pick for a classic.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

My girls will just now sit for GE&H - I'm not sure why but they would turn their nose up at it. I'm like you - it's a little too repetitive for me to get excited about reading it over and over and over, but it definitely is a classic!

Katrina said...

A constant favorite in this house. Even Camden -- who has generously passed most of his little-kid books on to Logan -- hasn't let go of this one yet. I think it's the nostalgia.

Nancy said...

I'm not a fan of Dr. Seuss for his repetition and tongue twisters, but my 5 year old doesn't share my opinion! But the easy words, as well as the obvious lesson in eating new foods, make GE&H a good one for this age.

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

We read a lot of Seuss around here. And by "we" I mean Daddy. Have you tried "Fox in Socks?" That one is too much for me! How funny that we both picked something in the Seuss family for this Children's Classics. Are you aware of the Seuss section of the museum in Springfield, MA? I'm wondering if it's worth the 1.5 to drive there.