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Sunday 6 September 2009

Review: Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

Author: Dr Seuss

Illustrator: Dr Seuss

Publisher: Random House

Format: Hardcover

Language: English

For ages: 0+

Type: Picture Book

About: I would have to say, without a shadow of a doubt, that this book was one of my very favourites as a kid. I must have driven my mother nuts with repeat reading requests because I remember it was read often, and my - this book has a tongue-twisting and lengthy text.

No matter. Like all Dr Seuss books, the rhyming rhythm is actually a pleasure to read - and I, too, read this book ad nauseum to my children, and can virtually recite it by heart.

I would not could not in a box.
I would not could not with a fox.
I do not like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

The charm of this book is not only in the hilarious persistence of Sam-I-am, but in the reluctant insistence of our reluctant muncher, who refuses to try this vile-coloured dish, no matter the tempting scenario.

Of course, as we all know... we simply cannot know if we will enjoy something... unless we try it first. And the message of this book goes beyond puke-coloured food. It hits somewhere deeper in all of us and sends the message that life is a smorgasbord of opportunity and deliciousness.

If only we had the chutzpah to take a bite.

Be sure to add this to your collection.
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