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Thursday 29 September 2011

Review: Green Eggs and Ham

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. A must-own for your Seuss collection, of course.

Title: Green Eggs and Ham
Author/Illustrator: Dr Seuss
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 7 December 2010
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780007355921
For ages: 0+
Type: Picture Book

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