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A student brought me in a library copy of this book. I found it to be excellent for an introduction into a lesson on the months of the year in Kindergarten. It is a fun read, and can be used for a writing project after reading it to the class. They then can write about what they would like on the First of Octember. I even used this book for a gift for a teacher in Elementary school. Enjoy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted March 13, 2006
This is a wonderful book for children young and old. A great way to teach young children rhyming words. It is an even better way for 'older' children to remember that it is okay to wish for time to be silly and not grown up. I was read this book when I was a child and now that I teach preschool, could not wait to share it with my students!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2001
Children have great imaginations and no sense of limits. In this very humorous book, Dr. Seuss (writing as Theo. LeSieg -- the reverse of his real last name of Geisel) helps with encouraging the imagination while suggesting that fulfillment may have to wait . . . just a bit. 'Everyone wants a big green kangaroo.' 'Maybe, perhaps, you would like to have TWO.' 'I want you to have them. I'll buy them for you . . . . . . if you'll wait till the First of Octember.' Thus the theme begins. The book provides lots of neat things to have such as a skateboard TV (and if one is good, four are ever so much better), pickles on trees, and swinging on a flying trapeze. 'Just say what you want, and whatever you say, you'll get on Octember the First.' Like many Dr. Seuss books, this one has marvelous inventions. You will learn to play a hit tune on a Jook-a-ma-Zoon, use a Jeep-a-Fly kite, rest in a tree hammock with your dog, play new sports like Hock-Zocker (on a court with different amounts of points available for putting the ball in various holes), and watch wonderful rockets. A.T. Cumings is the illustrator for the book, but the drawings certainly evoke the Dr. Seuss feel in the more imaginative objects. Each illustration is clear and in bright colors. The book goes on to describe all the fun you will have on Octember the First. Large denomination bills will fall from the sky. You can stay up all night drinking 66 six packs of Doodle Delight. 'But EVERYTHING'S YOURS . . . on the First of Octember!' 'Thank you! I'll remember that.' Virtually all parents and grandparents would like to be able to lay more love and physical blessings before their youngsters. This book provides a way to express that desire without spoiling the child in the process. You can also make a great game of this while traveling by car. You child can ask for things she or he sees, and you can promise to get four of them on the First of Octember. That should get a laugh. Don't forget to make up things that don't exist. That will be even more fun. Also, when your child is in the toy store and refusing to leave without a scene unless you fork over another $343, you can try (and I hope it works) offering to get the items on the next First of Octember. If you can pull that one off, you're a genius! Let your generosity be unbounded . . . and contingent! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent SolutionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.