Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker's Dozen from the One and Only Dr. Seuss

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From his very first book to his very last book, here in one big volume are 13 classic Dr. Seuss stories, everyone’s favorites. All of the words and virtually all of the illustrations are included. Each story is prefaced by a short essay by someone whose life was changed by Dr. Seuss or who is simply an unabashed admirer. Also included are photographs of Dr. Seuss, memorabilia, and original sketches from his books. The stories included are: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Horton Hears a Who!, ...
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Overview

From his very first book to his very last book, here in one big volume are 13 classic Dr. Seuss stories, everyone’s favorites. All of the words and virtually all of the illustrations are included. Each story is prefaced by a short essay by someone whose life was changed by Dr. Seuss or who is simply an unabashed admirer. Also included are photographs of Dr. Seuss, memorabilia, and original sketches from his books. The stories included are: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Horton Hears a Who!, McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, Happy Birthday to You!, Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, Yertle the Turtle, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, The Sneetches, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Theodor Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) was born March 2, 1904, and died September 25, 1991.
With introductory essays to each story by:
Barbara Bader, Author and Critic
Stan and Jan Berenstain, Creators of The Berenstain Bears
Audrey Geisel, Widow of Dr. Seuss
Peter Glassman, Children’s Bookseller
Starr LaTronica, Children’s Librarian
John Lithgow, Actor and Children’s Book Author
Barbara Mason, Kindergarten Teacher
Richard H. Minear, Author of Dr. Seuss Goes to War
Christopher Paolini, Author of Eragon
Charles D. Cohen, Author of The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and
Nothing but the Seuss

Pete Seeger, Folksinger
Christopher Cerf, TV Writer, Composer, and Producer
Lane Smith, Children’s Book Illustator

A compilation of more than a dozen previously published Dr. Seuss books, plus essays by nine authors and other book lovers, including Audrey Geisel, widow of Dr. Seuss.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way." Since "Dr. Seuss" debuted in 1950, millions of young readers have gained their word-climbing skills under his gentle guidance. Your Favorite Seuss is a celebration of the wizardry of Theodore Seuss Geisel (1904-91). This family-pleasing anthology contains 13 classic Dr. Seuss stories, including The Cat in the Hat, Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Story, Horton Hears a Who!, If I Ran the Zoo, Yertle the Turtle, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, and more! Each story is prefaced by a short essay by a Seussian enthusiast. Among the contributors are Stan and Jan Berenstain; John Lithgow; Pete Seeger; Christopher Cerf; and Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss' widow.
Publishers Weekly
Thirteen is a lucky number when it comes to the treasured tales compiled in Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker's Dozen by the One and Only Dr. Seuss, ed. by Janet Schulman and Cathy Goldsmith. The 13 classic tales-including And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street; Horton Hears a Who!; The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax, among others-are introduced in essays by such authors as Barbara Bader, Stan and Jan Berenstain, John Lithgow, Christopher Paolini and more. Several of Seuss's sketches, personal artwork, storyboards, advertising work and photos earmark this for aficionados as well as those just meeting Seuss's characters for the first time. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
What could one possibly write that has not already been written about the gifted and talented Dr. Seuss? This centennial—or rather—Seussentennial work in honor of Theodore Geisel's 100th birthday is sprinkled with honored guests expressing their favorite Seuss moments and reflecting on favorite Dr. Seuss works, including Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss's wife. As of yet, there is not a "Complete Works" of Dr. Seuss, so we have to rely on bound stories and hope our favorites are included. Unlike A Hatful of Seuss and Six By Seuss, this volume contains 13 titles, including his first published book— And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street—and his last—Oh, The Places You'll Go. Highlights of this book are the glimpses into Dr. Seuss' childhood, life and work, and how he has influenced admirers and colleagues, expressed through essays that preface each beloved book. The only flaw one could find is its size and weight. Toddlers will not be able to heft this into their lap without adult help, but the fortunate adult will be thrilled to share this tome. 2004, Random House, Ages 4 to 8.
—Elizabeth Young
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375810619
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/12/2004
  • Series: Classic Seuss Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 84,063
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 12.13 (h) x 1.19 (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 24, 2014

    At Last All Your Favorite Seuss Books in One Place

    I remember going to the library and checking out all those single Seuss Books or buying for Christmas single Seuss books. Now that I have grandkids I can get all my favorites by grabbing one book. These are the same stories with the same ilustrations in about the same size as I remembered them. I loved to read them years ago when they first came out and the grandkids can tell that I do enjoy reading these books to them over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Awesome Book

    I run an at home daycare and my kids want me to read this everyday. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Love Dr. Seuss!

    I have loved reading this book with my 5 year old. There are some great Dr. Seuss stories in here that I have not even read before. I have also enjoyed reading the comments that some of the other book gurus have included in the book. If you didn't love Dr. Seuss before, you will after reading this book.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Nice Seuss Collection

    Having all these Seuss classics in one volume results in less clutter for those of us with limited space. I also have one granddaughter who finds big (thick) books more appealing as she thinks they are more like books the adults read. There are still places for printed books in this electronic age!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2011

    shipping and handling needs to be modified for this

    The book was wonderful - great value. Unfortunately, it was shipped in an envelope instead of a box. This allowed it to slide in transit, so the dust jacket ended up getting wrinkled. Not so desirable for a gift.......

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

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    Must Read!

    Dr. Seuss is the master of rhyme, and this beautiful hardcover book featuring thirteen of his stories is a perfect way to display his work. Each clever story inspires readers in a unique way. They emphasize concepts like being creative, being an individual, and being respectful of each other and our planet. Seuss turns the world upside down and inside out, and yet somehow everything seems to make sense. He leaves readers laughing and thinking at the same time. Read them out loud and read them often, because as we hear from those who contributed their thoughts in this special edition, these little stories can have a big impact.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2009

    Great for Kids and Adults

    A good family favorite. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Great book!

    I love this book, I bought it for my son and it is great! It is funny, educational, and great for bedtime reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    A Great Collection

    For people looking for a collection of some of their favorites or those just looking for a way to introduce someone to the timeless classics by Dr. Seuss, this book is for you. Packed pictures and illustrations, it includes a short biography of the late doctor, essays before each story which talk about the impact of the stories on both a personal level and a much broader aspect- how it influences readers around the world. The thirteen stories included range from Book #1- And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street- to the very last story penned by Dr. Seuss-Oh, The Places You'll Go. This book was perfect for me because I was looking for something that would give me a wide variety of Dr. Seuss's works. There were a few books in particular that I was looking for, all of which were included in this book. It was also much more affordable than buying the books that I wanted and I got more books. Overall, I would have to say that this book is a must for anyone that wants some Suess on their bookshelves.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Happy Birthday Dr. Seusss

    I bought this book for my daughter because her class was celebrating the b-day of dr. seuss. I am glad that I did. it was a good value. we read the stories often and dr.seuss is always classic. I recommend every child to be familiar with dr.seuss.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

    If you like Seuss, this is a must!

    This book is an excellent representation of Dr. Seuss' best work. The collection of stories is complete. The illustrations are colorful and fun. My four year old daughter loves this book. It would make a great birthday present or special occassion gift because it represents a collector's book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

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    very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2007

    Some of the Best Stories in the World!!!!

    Dr. Suess is my favorite author and I'm 13!!!! This book is sure to make EVERYONE in your family smile because it has some of the best stories ever!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    So worth it!!

    My kids and I just love this collection of Seuss stories. Its much easier to have them all in one handy volume so I can take requests without having to search for the right book. These stories really do teach morals without being preachy. If I would have bought all these books seperately it would have cost a fortune! It was so worth every penny!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    A great book with many of the Dr Suess favorites

    As a grandmother I find this book wonderful to read to my grandchildren on the phone long distance most evenings. They have been introduced to new Dr Suess stories through this book and have come to like them as much as their old favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2005

    Wonderful for Dr. Seuss Lovers

    This is a wonderful collection of Dr. Seuss stories. My 6 year old daughter loves to read and re-read the classics such as 'The Grinch' and the more offbeat stories like 'Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book'. The essays are also fun to read while looking at the original artwork.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    correction

    Dr. Seuss began publishing in 1937, not 1950. His The King's Stilts, in the context of Hitler, becomes more meaningful. When we take the Butter Battle book as his stand on war, it is a reflection of the Cold War or the Vietnam war. Thus, more current issues led him one direction, while it should be balanced with his earliest writings. I have not read this book, as I own most of the enclosed stories; however, I would like to read what the Berenstains have to say. I read a biography on him and wrote a term paper for a children's literature class in college.

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