Day 52 – February 21
Dr. Seuss books are really quite amazing. Today, I discovered just how amazing they are. I’ve been reading them to the babes for about 6 months now, and they have really enjoyed the stories. Now that the 4 year old is getting to be a much more proficient reader, we’ve started reading books together: I read one page, he reads the next. He does quite well, but with the Dr. Seuss, he is even starting to add in vocal inflection and dynamics while reading. I’m convinced this is because of the way the books are written.
1) The words are very simple, with very few words having more than 5 or 6 letters.
2) There is a TON of repetition throughout the book.
3) Each page is filled with all sorts of words that rhyme. So once you get the hang of one word, the other similar words just fall into place.
4) The words themselves are written in a musical way, with a natural ebb and flow, rise and fall.
I can’t say enough good things about the books: they are fun to read, entertaining stories, long yet still engaging, and excellent for the beginning readers. One caveat, be sure to get the books actually written by Dr. Seuss. There are several other books by the same publisher that are just not the same. Better to stick with the classics:
Mr. Brown can moo, can you?
Marvin K. Mooney will you please go now!
Green eggs and ham
The cat in the hat
Hop on Pop
One fish two fish red fish blue fish
So head out to your local library, grab your beginning reader and get ready to be engrossed in the world of Dr. Seuss!