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Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Mr. Brown is an expert at imitating all sorts of noises.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881034127
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1970
  • Series: Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners Series
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 27
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Seuss
It’s difficult to imagine the children’s book landscape without Dr. Seuss, who is, almost half a century after The Cat in the Hat, the best-recognized children’s book writer in the country. But until Dr. Seuss -- a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel -- reinvented the genre with his colorful and exuberant Sneetches, Grinches, Zaxes, and Zooks, children’s books were often little more than literal-minded lessons and cautionary tales intended to transform young readers into productive citizens.

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.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2010

    My Daughter's Favorite Book

    This is currently my daughter's favorite book. She is six months old and likes this book particularly because of all the silly noises that my husband and I make when we read it to her. I enjoy reading this book as well because it has some wonderful Seuss rhymes within it, and since it is a board book I don't have to keep it away from my daughter. She likes to pick it up herself and turn the pages and open and close the book, and because she is teething, she also enjoys chewing on the book occasionally. I think this would be the book I would most recommend for young children/babies because it is so engaging due to the sounds. She tends to get bored during other books like Goodnight Moon or The Hungry Caterpillar, though I'm sure she'll like those too once she has a better grasp on language. :) I would recommend this book over some of the other Seuss books I am familiar with, at least for this young of an age group.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Highly recommended for elementary teachers!

    Great for getting kindergarten classes to explore sounds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    What fun!

    This book is great for teaching onomatopoeia and kids love it!

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    A second generation is making this a delightful read and memory!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    I liked Mr. Brown can Moo Can You by Dr Seuss. Mr Brown can make

    I liked Mr. Brown can Moo Can You by Dr Seuss. Mr Brown can make noises like a fly, a cow, a rooster, a shoe, a owl, rain, train, a butterfly, a horn, a clock, a hippopotamus chewing gum, fish kissing, thunder and lightning. My favorite part is when Mr. Brown can make noises like a fly. This book is funny you can lean noises from it. by LM (first grade)

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    Wonderful series

    My nephew is 3 and loves these books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2009

    2yrs old loves the book

    My daughter loves to make all the sounds that Mr. Brown can make. She recognizes which sound comes on which page. Worth the buy.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    I Never Grew Out Of This One...

    When i was a child this was my favorite book of all time! my mom would read it too me and make the sounds come to life, which made the book even greater. I think this book is great for all kids. I know even though i am an adult, i will never stop loving this book. Its a part of me. So I belive this book should be picked up by every great parent to read to their children in the same fasion my mom read it to me. Im sure your kids will love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    Fantastic Book!

    Everyone has fun reading this one. My child reads it every time we're in the store, even though we have our own copy at home.

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