Hole Is to Dig: A First Book of First Definitions

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What is a hole?
A hole is when you step in it
you go down

A hole is
for a mouse
to live in.

And, of course, a hole is to dig.

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of definitions ...

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Illustrated by Sendak, Maurice 1952 Hard Cover Fair with no dust jacket 0060234059. Ex-Library; 8 oz.; Good-Ex library HC no DJ rebound? Cover and end page soiling rest of ... story nice clean/tight Harper & Row '52. What would you say about eye-brows? Miss Krauss and the many children who made suggestions, re-visions, additions (and subtractions) to this book say, "Eyebrows are to go over eyes. " A face? "A face is something to have on the front of your head. " Also, "a face is so you can make faces. " Hands? Well, hands are to hold. And also "a hand is to hold up when you want your turn. " "A party is to say how-do-you-do and shake hands" and also "a party is to make little children happy. " Of course, a brother is to help you, a package is to look inside, arms are to hug with, and a book is to look at. And children will take this book of words and pictures to their hearts. Read more Show Less

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Overview

What is a hole?
A hole is when you step in it
you go down

A hole is
for a mouse
to live in.

And, of course, a hole is to dig.

This is the funniest book
of definitions you'll ever read!

The author's merry text and Sendak's bouncing illustrations provide young readers with a host of "first" definitions that explain everything from faces to books. Illustrated.

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Krauss has brought together many whimisical definitions made by small children; such as "dogs are to kiss people" and "face is something to have on the front of your head." Humorous and cheerful, this 1952 classic inspires giggles from all readers. Sendak's illustrations capture the essence of a child's world.
New York Times
A unique book . . . with drawings bouncing with action and good humor.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First published in 1952, this hilarious classic is now available in paperback to a new generation. Krauss's definitions--from ``toes are to wiggle'' to ``a hat is to wear on a train''--tell what's what--and Sendak's inimitable early illustrations show how. All ages. Sept.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060234058
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1952
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 2 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Krauss (1901-1993) is the author of over thirty books for children, including the classics The Carrot Seed, illustrated by her husband, Crockett Johnson, and A Hole Is to Dig, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. "Ruth Krauss's intuitive ability as a writer to capture the free-spirited thought processes and laughter of young children ensures her books' widespread acceptance and timeless appeal." So concludes her entry in children's Books and Their Creators (1995).

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

    I dont get it

    I dont see the attraction to this book. Based on the reviews I went ahead and purchased it, but both my kids asked me to stop reading even just halfway through. It was boring and babyish. My kids are 5 and 8 so maybe they are just past this, I dont know. Yes, it is a hard-cover, but it is only maybe 6 inches high, so it is a small book for the steep price.

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  • Posted November 9, 2008

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    Adorable. You must own this.<BR/><BR/>It's a child's dictionary. You know, a hole is to dig. A face is to make faces with.

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