The Foot Book (Bright and Early Books Series)

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Beginning readers will love this foot-filled Bright and Early Book classic by Dr. Seuss! From left feet to right feet and wet feet to dry feet, there are so many feet to meet. The Foot Book will have young readers eager to step into the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss.
 
Combining brief and funny stories, easy words, catchy rhythm, and lively illustrations, Bright and Early Books are an ideal way to ...

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Overview

Beginning readers will love this foot-filled Bright and Early Book classic by Dr. Seuss! From left feet to right feet and wet feet to dry feet, there are so many feet to meet. The Foot Book will have young readers eager to step into the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss.
 
Combining brief and funny stories, easy words, catchy rhythm, and lively illustrations, Bright and Early Books are an ideal way to introduce the joys of reading to children.

Dr. Seuss characters explore the zany world of feet. Full-color illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394809373
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1968
  • Series: Bright & Early Books(R) Series
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 36,709
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.89 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.36 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2009

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    THIS BOOK RULES!!!!

    I love this book, it ryhmes and makes me happy and God said Amen

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2007

    CUTE

    My kids like the Seus books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2006

    An amazing time

    Some of the happiest memories I have are reading this book to my son when he was 4 years old. He would just sit and listen, giggle and ask me to read it again and again to him. Thank you Dr. Seuss.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    Dr. Seuss the first rapper?

    I used to read this book to my brother in the form of a rap song. Now I am an education major and would definitely use this book as an introduction to poetry and syllabication.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Rhyming Feet!

    Dr. Seuss books are just the best for learning to read, learning word families and learning the sound of rhymes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2011

    The Foot Book

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    Get the real book - not the board book.

    My older son loved this book so I bought the board book for my new baby...but the real book is better!

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    A true classic

    I work with young children ages 18 months to 2 years. I believe that having books in the classroom promotes early lietracy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2009

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    Classic Dr. Seuss!

    This book is of course, completely awesome. All my kids had this book essentially memorized. My 2 1/2 year old "reads" it to herself. Fantastic way to teach kids the concept of opposites, as well as rhyming. I have given this book as a gift many times. Everyone should LOVE this book!

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    I liked the title.

    I bought this book for my son. He had just graduated from medical school to be a podiatrist. He thinks it is a fun book. He plans to put it in his waiting room when he finishes his residency.

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    Great Book

    This is an awesome Book to have in one's own library.

    Everyone should own Seuss works, along with Ohio Blue Tips by Jeanne E. Clark, The Photos In The Closet by Daniel E. Lopez, and works by Alison Townsend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2003

    we love it

    My nephew loves this book! All I do is change my voice around a little and we have the time of our lives!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2003

    Great!

    I work with kindergarten and first graders and they LOVE this book because of it's simplicity. They are so proud of themselves when they can read the entire thing all by themselves. It's great for encouraging kids to read and building self esteem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2002

    Classicly Great!

    I may be older, but I absolutely love this book! The rhyming and the feet, It's brilliant!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    My son't favorite!

    My one year old son recently started having an interest in books - other than chewing on them:) The Foot Book is his favorite. He seeks it out from his stack of books and likes to have it read to him over and over...

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