Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The Stories Behind the Stories

Dr. Seuss’ editor, bet him that he couldn’t write a book using 50 words or less. The Cat in the Hat was pretty simple, after all, and it used 225 words. Not one to back down from a challenge, Mr. Geisel started writing and came up with Green Eggs and Ham – which uses exactly 50 words. The 50 words, by the way, are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.
Stacy Conradt celebrates what would have been Dr. Seuss’s 105th birthday by telling the fascinating stories behind 10 of his most famous books. Green Eggs and Ham - though not a halal choice for some of you - is my favourite of the ones I've read.

5 comments:

composer said...

There's turkey ham :P

-Jen

Jordan said...

I've always been partial to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, just because it was the first Dr. Seuss book I ever owned (actually it may have been the only one). Great stuff.

shri said...

hi sharon, my favourite seuss is "horton hears a who" - simply because it reminds everyone that they are important - "a person's a person no matter how small..."

anyway, here are some recipes for green eggs and ham for breakfast tommorrow

http://www.seussville.com/titles/greeneggs/recipes.html

Athlyn Green: said...

Kids love "whacky" --those stories that are out of the ordinary and that make you laugh. Seuss, seemed to know this and created stories that truly appealed to children.

bibliobibuli said...

i also really loved one about animals falling asleep one by one ... think it was called "the sleepy time book" ... and it was impossible to reach the end of it without nodding off