Wednesday, March 2, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday.  Although he died in 1991, he would have been 107 today.  In honor of his birthday, I'm going to review a couple of our favorite Dr. Seuss books.  

ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

"Did you ever fly a kite in bed? Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head?" Such are the profound, philosophical queries posed in this well-loved classic by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel. While many rhymes in this couplet collection resemble sphinx-worthy riddles, Seuss's intention is clear: teach children to read in a way that is both entertaining and educational. It matters little that each wonderful vignette has nothing to do with the one that follows. (We move seamlessly from a one-humped Wump and Mister Gump to yellow pets called the Zeds with one hair upon their heads.) Children today will be as entranced by these ridiculous rhymes as they have been since the book's original publication in 1960--so amused and enchanted, in fact, they may not even notice they are learning to read! (Ages 4 to 8)

Dr. Seuss books are classic.  This is one of my favorites because while written in 1960, I have to wonder if Barnes and Noble was inspired by this book when naming their e-book reading device, the Nook..."We took a look. We saw a Nook.  On his head he had a hook.  On his hook he had a book."

One Fish Two Fish Read Fish Blue Fish doesn't read like a story, but is more of a collection of child-length short stories.  Each page is a new adventure as we explore everything from the fish to a Wump, a Zans, a Yink, a Nook, a Ying, a Yop and many other silly things.  Not only does this book hold the attention of the kids all the way through, but it makes the reader giggle from beginning to end.  

"From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere."

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss!