The Eye Book

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Our eyes see flies. Our eyes see ants. Sometimes they see pink underpants.
Oh, say can you see? Dr. Seuss’s hilarious ode to eyes gives little ones a whole new appreciation for all the wonderful things to be seen!

A boy and rabbit both have two eyes that see all kinds of things, from blue and red to a bird and a bed.

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Overview

Our eyes see flies. Our eyes see ants. Sometimes they see pink underpants.
Oh, say can you see? Dr. Seuss’s hilarious ode to eyes gives little ones a whole new appreciation for all the wonderful things to be seen!

A boy and rabbit both have two eyes that see all kinds of things, from blue and red to a bird and a bed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375812408
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Bright & Early Board Books(TM) Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 131,577
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 5.76 (h) x 0.51 (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.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Hard to find

    This book has been hard for me to find in retail stores...Needed it to complete our collection of Dr. Seuss books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    Engaging

    My year old son loves to have this book read to him...he likes to point at the colorful pictures, at the eyes in the book, at his eyes and mine!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    Important Concepts, Beautiful Illustrations and Gentle Humor

    If you liked Dr. Seuss's The Tooth Book, you will find this book equally rewarding. In The Eye Book, Dr. Seuss explores the concept of what vision is, who has it, and why it's important. At the same time, he has created a book with an extremely small number of words (almost all of one syllable) and maximum amount of repetition to make memorizing and learning to read the book as simple as possible. A handsome blue-eyed boy begins, 'Eye Eyes My eyes My eyes' He then points to a pink-eyed, friendly-looking rabbit, and says, 'His eyes His eyes' With a picture of the boy winking, the boy says, 'Wink eye Wink eye' With a picture of the rabbit, the boy says, 'Pink eye Pink eye' Then you move into the concept of what vision is -- seeing and being seen. 'My eyes see. His eyes see. I see him. And he sees me.' The connection between humans and animals is nicely built from there. This will help your child to understand that we have many things in common with animals. Knowing that can lead to lots of empathic play and developing a more sensitive adult. Be prepared for your child to want a pet rabbit, though. The book then uses the idea of seeing to add simple words, along with their images in order to help with word decoding. The words introduced include blue, red, bird, bed, sun, moon, fork, knife, spoon, girl, man, boy, horse, tin can, holes, poles, trees, clocks, bees, rocks, flies, ants, pink, underpants, rings, strings, rain, pie, dogs, and airplanes. 'Hooray for eyes!' You can also use this book to establish an interest in flash cards. After reading the book, you can use some flash cards that combine a picture with the letters. Based on my experience with children learning to read, you can accelerate progress quite a lot of you can develop such a diving board for being interested in flash cards for vocabulary. Try to find some with colorful illustrations! The illustrations emphasize large heads and enormous eyes of the sort that I associate with the Walt Disney cartoon drawings of Alice in Wonderland. Everything seems simple, young, and childlike which will make the book more accessible to your child. After you both have the book memorized, I suggest that you play games while riding in the car to identify animals and the color eyes they have. This will help make your child more observant, which is helpful for reading development as well. See the potential all around you . . . and be aware that you are being looked at too! What can be seen about you? Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2000

    excellent

    I have a 2 1/2 yr. old daughter whom I bought this book for, and it is absolutely her favorite book (and she has many). Everytime she is told it is night or nap time, she asks for this book. It has become part of her bedtime ritual. Only this book will do. She even likes to sleep with it. I can hear her 'reading' the story to herself after I leave the room. The pictures are so colorful, and it is typical Dr. Seuss style with rhyme (although this one is not on the silly side). It is long enough but not too long to hold a 2-4 yr old's attention. A delightful book.

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