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Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseudonym of "Dr. Seuss" (Seuss was Geisel's middle name) and only two hundred twenty-three words, Geisel created a replacement for those dull primers: "The Cat in the Hat." The instant success of the book prompted Geisel and his wife to found Beginner Books, and Geisel wrote many popular books in this series, including "Hop on Pop," "Fox in Socks," and "Green Eggs and Ham." ...

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Overview

Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseudonym of "Dr. Seuss" (Seuss was Geisel's middle name) and only two hundred twenty-three words, Geisel created a replacement for those dull primers: "The Cat in the Hat." The instant success of the book prompted Geisel and his wife to found Beginner Books, and Geisel wrote many popular books in this series, including "Hop on Pop," "Fox in Socks," and "Green Eggs and Ham." Other favorite titles in this series are "Go, Dog, Go!" and "Are You My Mother?" by P. D. Eastman, "A Fly Went By," by Mike McClintock, and "Put Me in the Zoo," by Robert Lopshire. These affordable hardcover books combine large print, easy vocabulary, and large, bright illustrations in stories kids will want to read again and again. Grades 1 - Grades 2.

Pairs of rhyming words are introduced and used in simple sentences, such as "Day. Play. We play all day. Night. Fight. We fight all night."

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Editorial Reviews

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“Combines phonics and word recognition, making sounds and letters recognizable. Highly recommended.”—(starred) School Library Journal.  
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881034196
  • Publisher: Sagebrush Education Resources
  • Publication date: 2/28/1963
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Biography

Now that generations of readers have been reared on The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks, it's easy to forget how colorless most children's books were before Dr. Seuss reinvented the genre. When the editorial cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1936, the book was turned down by 27 publishers, many of whom said it was "too different." Geisel was about to burn his manuscript when it was rescued and published, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, by a college classmate.

Over the next two decades, Geisel concocted such delightfully loopy tales as The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Horton Hears a Who. Most of his books earned excellent reviews, and three received Caldecott Honor Awards. But it was the 1957 publication of The Cat in the Hat that catapulted Geisel to celebrity.

Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johnny Can't Read, along with a related Life magazine article, had recently charged that children's primers were too pallid and bland to inspire an interest in reading. The Cat in the Hat, written with 220 words from a first-grade vocabulary list, "worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot," as Ellen Goodman wrote in The Detroit Free Press. With its vivid illustrations, rhyming text and topsy-turvy plot, Geisel's book for beginning readers was anything but bland. It sold nearly a million copies within three years.

Geisel was named president of Beginner Books, a new venture of Random House, where he worked with writers and artists like P.D. Eastman, Michael Frith, Al Perkins, and Roy McKie, some of whom collaborated with him on book projects. For books he wrote but didn't illustrate, Geisel used the pen name Theo LeSieg (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards).

As Dr. Seuss, he continued to write bestsellers. Some, like Green Eggs and Ham and the tongue-twisting Fox in Socks, were aimed at beginning readers. Others could be read by older children or read aloud by parents, who were often as captivated as their kids by Geisel's wit and imagination. Geisel's visual style appealed to television and film directors, too: The animator Chuck Jones, who had worked with Geisel on a series of Army training films, brought How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life as a hugely popular animated TV special in 1966. A live-action movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch was released in 2000.

Many Dr. Seuss stories have serious undertones: The Butter Battle Book, for example, parodies the nuclear arms race. But whether he was teaching vocabulary words or values, Geisel never wrote plodding lesson books. All his stories are animated by a lively sense of visual and verbal play. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies. Bennett Cerf, Geisel's publisher, liked to say that of all the distinguished authors he had worked with, only one was a genius: Dr. Seuss.

Good To Know

The Cat in the Hat was written at the urging of editor William Spaulding, who insisted that a book for first-graders should have no more than 225 words. Later, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write a book with just 50 words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, though to his recollection, Cerf never paid him the $50.

Geisel faced another challenge in 1974, when his friend Art Buchwald dared him to write a political book. Geisel picked up a copy of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and a pen, crossed out each mention of the name "Marvin K. Mooney," and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the results in his syndicated column. Nine days later, President Nixon announced his resignation.

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo: "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo / A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" The word "grinch," after the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as a killjoy or spoilsport.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      September 4, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    My daughter gets such confidence reading this book!

    My 6 year old daughter can READ this, and it builds her confidence to try to read other books. We will be putting this into the memory box, when she is done with it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    A worthy addition to the canon of toddler literature

    No plot or character development, just a joy to read aloud and point at the illustrations. My 2 year old loves reciting it with me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Beginning Readerr

    my grandson LOVES his books and this early reader with its simple rhymes and colorful characters is a new favorite.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Be Careful what you are ordering!

    I ordered a bunch of Dr. Suess here and only one waas the full sized book. The other 4 were baby books with the cardboard pages. I was thinking it was the original form. Bummer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Great for toddlers

    The classic Dr Seuss book is now a board book! It is great!

    It takes some of the story out, but for kids that love board books, its is an OK length. If you want the entire book, get the paperback edition.

    If you are wondering what to get a baby/toddler for a gift, this is perfect. And its a good price so you can buy more than one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2009

    Awesome Baby gift giving book to give with your Dr. Suess Gift card! Every new parent will love it.

    It's a perfect gift. Easy to read during those brief moments while you're bending over to pick up something and durable for baby's hands to attempt to grab. A classic made practical!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2009

    Hop pop!

    My 20 month old daughter loves this book. We have this version, and her grandparents have the full sized longer version so she gets this read to her all the time. Months ago she started saying "hop pop!" whenever she wanted to read this book. It's one of her favorites, and I love that the rhyming helps her learn the words.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Smaller Dr. Seuss books

    My two-year-old grandson LOVES these smaller versions of Dr. Seuss classics. They are shorter so they hold his attention, the flow of the words is just as great and the pages are thicker like his other little books. Great for him to hold - he likes to take them in bed with him at nap time. They're the perfect alternative to the traditional Dr. Seuss books which are really geared for older children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    20 Month Old Loves this book!!!

    My son is already speaking quite a bit but we find him actually reading this book outloud. This is great to teach the basics of reading and sounding out similar words!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    One of my all time favs

    Its a fun book and great for kids to learn to read with.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    well i own a copy of this book from when i was like three years old. it is a very good childrens book for children ages 3-6. i like the story line alot and it has to be one of my favorite books by this autor. infact its my favorite book of all. if i had the choice to read misery by stephen king or hop on pop i would def read hop on pop. OMG it is such a good book. i cant getover how much dialouge is used and how good the word choice is. it is the most mature book out there.<BR/>and if u are looking to read a good book but not use all of your spare time reading it. hop on pop is the book for you!!!!.<BR/>DOUGLAS WRIGHTINGTON

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2007

    I now get more attention

    Since my son has read this book with his mom, I get much more rough attention from him. He'll sneak up and pouce on me and begin to laugh. I'm glad he's only seven and 53 lbs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Another Great Story that captures and embraces the creativity of

    Another Great Story that captures and embraces the creativity of a child's mind. It fun and enjoyable for kids  all over the world. The Illustrations are amazing and Jump off the pages  making is great book for kids of all ages,again a wonderful book and one of my favorites to share. 

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Simple Words, Fun to Read

    This is a fun book to read. My daughter loves all the activities going on in the pictures, we spend a lot of time just talking about the pictures.
    These board books are very sturdy, they're the perfect size for babies and toddlers. Also the pages are easy for my daughter to turn. With only a sentence or two on each page, the little ones stay interested.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    This was another book that I thought my son would soon tire. I w

    This was another book that I thought my son would soon tire. I was wrong. Oh, that Dr. Seuss! I couldn't tell you why he likes the book, even when he is not paying any attention to the illustrations. He just does.
    I'll tell you why I like reading it out loud. It is fun in a rhymy-whymy way. It has the cadence of a chant. It is funny. And the illustrations -- even upside down and backwards, the illustrations are colorful and whimsical. Even if my son is too busy dancing to the rhythm of the text to notice the illustrations, I find them a delight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    very highly recommended.....

    love this book....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    I liked Hop on Pop. This book is about a dog hopping. My favori

    I liked Hop on Pop. This book is about a dog hopping. My favorite part is when the moue picked up the house. My mom should buy this becase it's interesting. By GC (first grade)

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    As usual Dr. Seuss' word play is incredible.

    As usual Dr. Seuss' word play is incredible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    An Annoyingly Fun Read

    Our 17 month old has caught on very quickly to the familiar words in this book. Although Dr. Seuss can be annoying at times to us adults, the rhyming and silliness are completely enjoyed by our daughter. And it's short enough to read several times over!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    Hop on Pop and all of Dr. Seuss

    We have a 1 year old granddaughter and one of the best things about her is that she LOVES books. She's grandma's girl in that Hop on Pop and all the Suess books she's received are a delight no matter how many times they're read and reread in an afternoon.

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