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I have two very young children and they absolutely love Doctor Seuss books! As a result, my husband and I love Doctor Seuss books.

I've heard the argument that they are not that good, from an educational point of view and I can understand this because there are a heap of made up words and ridiculous characters, but I happen to think that is part of their charm and my children agree. Besides, isn't the point of books for children to be exciting and engaging for them, so that they will develop a lifelong interest in reading?! Isn't that the best possible way to help our children develop their literacy skills?!

The text in Doctor Seuss books are often quite rhythmical, sometimes even lyrical. There is also a lot of repetition, which I have found that this has helped my sons learn to recognize some of the words in their written form. The pictures have a cartoon-esque quality to them, with little absurd details that my children have shown me and the characters are very expressive in their facial expressions and body language. Regardless of what us adults think, kids seem to love these books (and some of them have been around for over 50 years) and surely if the books are fun and engaging, then the whole book reading ritual is fun for children and adults alike.

There are over 60 Doctor Seuss books that he wrote and I'm familiar with about 20. My absolute favourite is the ABC book. There are so many alphabet books out there, but this one is so much fun. Obviously there would be a lot alliteration in any alphabet book, but Doctor Seuss' ABC book takes the alliteration to a tongue twister level with delightfully absurd characters with delightfully absurd characters. It was this book that my then 2 year old first recognised a few letters.

Green Eggs and Ham is a classic of Doctor Seuss books. The repetition and silly plot are fun to read, especially when you've got use to reading it, its so much fun to read as fast as one can manage. Even though it is very silly (which kids just love) there is a lesson within the book which is that you can't decide you don't like something unless you try it.

The Lorax, even though it was written about 40 years ago, is a terrific tale that has a serious message of the natural environment is very beautiful and if it is not looked after then we will loose so much and if we loose one species of plant or animal then we loose more and it has a snowball effect.

I like the tale about the Sneetches, who are birds that there are two sorts and one thinks that they are better than the other. Its a cute story that adults would realize its about how ridiculous it is when different groups of people think themselves superior to others because of the most absurd reasons. Fortunately, this tale has a happy ending.

This is just a mere morsel of the wonderfully wacky and distinctly different world that is within the Doctor Seuss books and I would encourage you to find your favourite book with your favourite young person(s)!


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I agree with you Jennifer. I think Dr Seuss is tremendous fun. Kids do love the books. My favourite is The Lorax.

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