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  1. page 1996 Booktable edited The following data was originally written by Paula White (in html) as part of her "Cut Loose w…
    The following data was originally written by Paula White (in html) as part of her "Cut Loose with Dr. Seuss" site. It was written in 1996 as part of her web "Curriculum Kits on the Internet" collection. It is reproduced here because of the cool ideas and information. Please do not reproduce without permission.
    Dr. Seuss Booktable
    Booktablewith Teaching and Learning Activities
    Activitiesfor the Primary
    Dr. Seuss' books have been winners with young children for over 50 years and many of them are familiar to students--so as first graders begin a school year, they immediately feel successful as beginning readers! He was an amazing man--writing many diverse kinds of books. He could write limited vocabulary books (The Cat in the Hat) as well as books with more obvious moral messages (The Lorax) as well as books with incredible fantasy (And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street)! He also wrote books for adults like You're Only Old Once!
    The book titles in the table below all have additional info further below including my book entry, the activities done with it in my classroom, and some interesting trivia about each book we used.
    The latest additions to the booktable were added in February, 1998.
    And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
    The Hat {}

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    The Big
    The Cat In The Hat Comes Back
    The Foot Book
    The Butter Battle Book
    The Lorax
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    And To
    ISBN 0-394-84494-7
    Dr. Seuss was capitalizing on the interest shown by children in the first Cat in the Hat book when he wrote this sequel. He was truly interested in making beginning readers interesting to young readers, and, as president of Beginner Books with Random House, held high ideals and standards as to the tales he allowed to carry that name.
    FootBookTitle: The Foot Book
    ISBN 0-394-80937-8
    Activities(Teaching and Learning Goals)With this book, I assessed my students' understanding and knowledge of right and left. We traced our feet on different colors of construction paper and then, during Math, we sorted the piles according to left/right, size, colors, etc. When we finished manipulating them, we made a foot rainbow out of the different colors to hang in our room.I also read the book "How Big Is A Foot?" and then gave then children foot long strips of construction paper to measure things around the room.
    truly are!
    StuffTitle: The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
    This book was Dr. Seuss's second children's book published. Dr. Seuss allowed the Children's Theater company in Minneapolis, Minnesota to be the only ones with rights to stage production of this book.
    There's a Lasting Lessons teacher resource book called Caps, Hats and Monkeys that has some good ideas for follow up activities on a theme of "hats!"
    The Zoo
    ISBN 0-394-80081-8
    Dr. Seuss' father was the zookeeper in Springfield for a while.
    Super Title:SuperTitle: Scrambled Eggs
    ISBN 0-394-90085-5
    (Background and Author's Message)
    Scrambled Eggs Super was a book that was supposed to be released in time for Christmas sales in 1953, less than eight years after the first atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At the same time Seuss was writing this children's book, he was filming The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. He was so constrained by the film industry in his ideas of producing this film that he had great difficulty doing both and finishing the book, so his wife Audrey, made plans for them to visit Japan. Dr. Seuss was contracted by Life magazine to learn and write about how the years of American occupation of Japan had changed the aspirations of Japanese schoolchildren. Pages 136-137 in Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel tells what he found and gives details of how Americans influenced the Japanese schoolchildren just by being there!
    Ham Title:HamTitle: Green Eggs
    ISBN 0-394-80016-8
    Actually, I challenged several of my kids to find out how many different words this book DOES actually have. The answer is 51. . . and there are only 671 in the whole book!
    Green Eggs and Ham has consistently been the best seller of all of Dr. Seuss' books!
    Egg Title:EggTitle: Horton Hatches
    ISBN 0-394-80077-X
    The idea for this book came from another time when Dr. Seuss was on the phone doodling. An open window nearby allowed a gust of wind to blow an elephant picture drawn on tracing paper to land on a tree the good Dr. was doodling. He then began thinking about why an elephant would be in a tree, and the idea for Horton hatching an egg was born!
    By the way, the sixteenth edition of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations includes references from this book and The Cat in the Hat
    Who Title:WhoTitle: Horton Hears
    ISBN 0-394-80078-8
    Horton was Dr. Seuss' favorite character he made. He felt this book truly gave a message about the significance of EVERYONE--even the smallest among us. He wrote this book as a result of his visit to Japan, where the importance of the individual was just being discovered.
    Want to see a picture of Whoville? Go learn about the tiny village of Hu in Northern Norway. (You can also learn the history of the song sung in the grinches' story, Welcome, Christmas, too, while you're there!
    Go Title:GoTitle: Oh, The
    You'll Go!
    ISBN 0-679-80527-3
    (Background and Author's Message)
    "Oh, The Places. . . " was the last new book before Dr. Seuss' death--he was 87 when he died. It's touted as an adult book, too.
    Fish Title:FishTitle: One Fish,
    ISBN 0-679-80527-3
    (Background and Author's Message)
    This book, along with Green Eggs and Ham has been one of Dr. Seuss' best sellers of all times.
    Circus Title:CircusTitle: If I
    ISBN 0-394-80080-X
    (Background and Author's Message)
    Dr. Seuss often joked that he couldn't draw--and said once that one reason he drew such strange looking animals was that he had no talent. In fact, he said, he'd much prefer to draw beautiful ladies--but he couldn't make the knees look right, so he drew silly animals instead.
    Zebra Title:ZebraTitle: On Beyond
    ISBN 0-394-80084-2
    (Background and Author's Message)
    Bennett Cerf called Dr. Seuss a genius--but when Seuss heard this, he disagreed. Seuss told Cerf that words were a real struggle for him.
    SneetchesStories Title:SneetchesStoriesTitle: The Sneetches
    Other Stories
    ISBN 0-394-90089-8
    (Background and Author's Message)
    Dr. Seuss' German heritage was the basis of this book. As he got older, he wrote more books with moral messages, and this was one. When just a teenager in Springfield Massachusetts, he had to renounce his heritage and claim to be an American (instead of a German American) just to avoid trouble with being German at that time in history.
    YertleStories Title:YertleStoriesTitle: Yertle The
    ISBN 0-394-80087-7
    (Background and Author's Message)
    Yertle's greed and his fall from power were a reaction to the facism of World War II. Dr. Seuss was asked, after the publication of Six By Seuss, which included Yertle, Horton and several others where he had any messages to give that he hadn't put in books yet. His response was that "We can. . . and we've GOT to do better than this."
    other authors!
    MaysieTitle: Daisy Head Maysie
    (How about a comparison of her to Horton?)
    ISBN 0-394-86580-4
    {} LoraxTitle:Lorax
    The Lorax
    (a book Dr. Seuss often claimed was his favorite one!) Click on the picture of the Lorax to go to a site that has the text of the book printed.
    ISBN 0-394-92337-5
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