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Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,714 Ratings  ·  276 Reviews
The possibilities are endless in Dr. Seuss’s classic Beginner Book! Young readers will delight in Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! which celebrates the imagination and encourages young readers to think . . . about thinking! “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the Thinks you can think up if only you try.”

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 12th 1975 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1975)
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I love, love, love Dr. Seuss. Always have and I think I always will.

Sadly, this book didn't live up to many of my other favorites. The rhymes weren't smooth (sometimes it didn't even rhyme). And while the "made-up" words were cute, they felt more like a way to make a rhyme than anything else.

I liked the illustrations, I *love* the idea, and parts of it did make me smile. But mostly it just felt like a rough draft.

Thankfully there are so many fantastically wonderful Seuss books out there, that th
Holly Letson
Crazy But Cool!
Keri Payton
Nov 28, 2013 Keri Payton rated it it was amazing
There is no limit to what you can think up. Dr. Seuss explores the imagination and encourages the reader to push their creative mind to limitless heights.

This is another Dr. Seuss story I am unfamiliar with. It is inspirational. The book showcases Dr. Seuss' creative brilliance and originality in a way that touches directly on the reader's own creative mind.

From vivid imagery and conundrums to endless parades of his invented species, Dr. Seuss' words are as vibrant as his illustrations. His imag
Jul 28, 2013 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The power of the imagination!
Taylor Anderson
This Dr. Seuss classic is all about imagination and where thinking can take you! It uses rhyming words and has illustrations that help kids determine meaning, which is why it falls into the Children's Book genre.

This book has a few different traits. First, it is an example of word choice. Because of it's rhyming nature, it could be used as a story to introduce the concept of rhyming words to students. At early levels, a follow-up activity could be to match words that rhyme, and at higher levels
Alicia Beaumier
Mar 08, 2015 Alicia Beaumier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of my favorite Dr. Suess books and everything about it. I think first off it has the best message, even in the title. Imagination and thinking is such a crucial part for development and children in general. The book is filled with many random things to think of and thats huge. The turn wonder and think are used so often which I think is crucial. Imagination is amazing and especially in this book.
The illustrations are pretty fun and funky as usual. The colors are so bright a
Nov 26, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all Dr. Seuss books, this story is wonderful! Everyone will love this book but beginning readers especially. The sentences are short and easy which appeal to young readers. Also, the text is catchy containing a lot of rhymes and humor. This story encourages young readers to play with their imagination. Not only does it touch into children's imagination but it also encourages children to develop their creative skills. Which is why books like these are important for young readers; they are at ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Alta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You really can't go wrong with a Dr. Seuss book. As old as most of his books are, they are classics that transcends time and generations because they are fun, colorful and silly, with underlying adult themes. This book is about using your imagination to think up all sorts of whimsical and some nonsensical things. The element of craft that I think this book uses best is the art of specificity. Thinking is such a broad and vague term, yet Dr. Seuss broke thought down into silly and and imaginary s ...more
Maddie Watson
Sep 03, 2014 Maddie Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!" by award winning Dr. Seuss is a marvelous way to encourage students to embrace their creative side and stimulate their imagination.

"Oh, the THINKS you can think up if only you try! If you try, you can think up a GUFF going by."

"There are so many THINKS a Thinker can think! Would you dare yank a tooth of the RINK-RINKER-FINK?"

Dr. Seuss's style of writing is so brilliantly written for a child to interpret in their own way and think of their own ways to be creative
Abdi Nazemian
Aug 19, 2014 Abdi Nazemian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never read Dr. Seuss as a kid. I suppose it had something to do with not moving to the United States until I was ten (I wonder how Dr. Seuss translates into other languages. I imagine some of the magic would be lost). In any case, I now have the pleasure of reading Dr. Seuss to my children. He's the first author they ask for by name, which thrills me (almost as much as the fact that the first song they have become obsessed with is Madonna's Vogue. These children know what's up). In any case, I ...more
Maureen Jehling
This book, by Dr. Seuss, is about using your imagination! The author uses many different situations in the text to describe some of the things you can think of. There are many exotic looking pictures to match along with the text and put the words into play for a child. Go ahead and get this book to read with your children!

I think it's great that this book was created to try to encourage children to use their imagination! The illustrations in it are very crazy to look at but they definitely catch
John Sperry
Jul 15, 2014 John Sperry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Similar to Oh, The Places You'll Go!, this book helps encourage students to expand their horizons. Specifically, various topics of thought are discussed and rhyming is a key component used to help demonstrate all the things students can think of. This topic is an important aspect of early elementary as it demonstrates to students the value of thought. This value is shown to be expansive and encourages students to continue using the power of their minds to accomplish what they want to accomplish. ...more
Brandon Meacham
Aug 12, 2015 Brandon Meacham rated it really liked it
Every Suess book has a hidden message that speaks for children and adults alike who read him as a child and are now reading to their children or their children are reading for themselves. In this case, this is simply encouraging those to never cease thinking; To think up crazy and cleverness in life to figure around puzzles and life. Never let anyone tell you not to think for yourself because someone wants to keep you in that controlled place where you will never escape. A little dark for a Sues ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The end.
Jul 20, 2014 Bridget rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always had a love for the "Dr Seuss" books (Dr. Seuss is in quotes because I know sometimes, some books are written under other names)..

They usually have some type of lesson in them that are taught in a fun and cool way...With crazy and fun pictures.

I picked up quite a few books, one in a bind up, while looking for books for my 11 y/o...And, since it was Booktube-A-Thon week, I figured I'd pick these up just in case I wanted and/or needed some quick reads to make it to the 7 book mark fo
Aug 15, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is no limit to what you can think & the breaks in Seuss's rhyme scheme, often due to direct questions, forces the reader to pause and reflect on what he is asking. Usually, this means examining his artwork. In my case, it meant that as I'm pondering all the things I could imagine, I'm witnessing what he created - the unlimited bounds of his wonder. It's inspiring & exciting how a world not yet known awaits me, within me. This is the wonderful gift he gives children. Highly recommen ...more
Nathan Cunningham
I really liked this book, but was kind of disappointed in the page that talked about 55 elephants having a drink. I counted only 34 elephants. Really made me think, though.
Jasmine Bowman
Nov 22, 2015 Jasmine Bowman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This story was about the wild and crazy things children can think of. These things consisted of names and places that were made up. They were colorful, exciting, and a great way to explore outside of the box.

In the classroom, I would use this book to assist students with thinking outside of the box and to explore their creativity. I would have them think of something they never heard before (a person, place or thing) and have them draw it. They would also write 2 sentences that rhyme describing
Mallory Dreiling
Apr 23, 2014 Mallory Dreiling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for primary readers. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think is a fun rhyming book that helps the beginner reader. The sentences are short and easy to read. Most of the words young readers will know. The words readers won't know are the words that Dr. Seuss made up. The pictures help readers with these words that Dr. Seuss has made up and help keep the readers attention. This book is about the things that a person can think of if they use their imagination.
Melissa Frentsos
Most of the time, I find Dr. Seuss' writing, drawings, and made up words weird and too out there to really be able to appreciate them. However, this book helped me understand his thinking a little more. It encourages you to use your imagination and be creative. IMO that can very well be a good thing, and there's nothing wrong with using our imagination. But it can also be a bad thing that is easily taken too far...
This Dr. Seuss book poses all kind of "thinks" to think. Several of them present ideas that could be introduced as math problems. Ex: "how much water can 55 elephants drink?" could be used as practice for multiplication/division operations where the teacher provides different amounts for how much one elephant is able drink; "how long is the tail of a zong?" can be a tie in to measurement, once again with the teacher creating a zong tail and letting students practice measuring - teacher could eve ...more
Shannon Chrnko
Growing up, I have always enjoyed each and every one of Dr. Seuss' books. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! is a book I would love to share with my students. This book encourages creativeness and that being different from others is okay. The illustrations aren't the best that I have seen, but are still eye catching. I also love that this book rhymes. I believe that rhyming is a good way to keep a child's attention.
Apr 12, 2015 Nadja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Think! Think and wonder.
Wonder and think.
How much water
can fifty-five elephants drink?"

Indeed. I've always wondered about that.

"There are so many THINKS
that a Thinker can think!"

Whether you have any (appreciation for) imagination or not, let Dr. Seuss show you the way.

"Think left and think right
and think low and think high.
Oh the THINKS you can think up if only you try!"
Little Kid Reaction: One of the all-time favorite author's of early reading children's book demonstrates that you have the power to think about all kinds of things. I like how the book encourages the children to ask questions about all of their thoughts. I would definitely recommend this book for beginning readers and to be read aloud to the toddler just learning to speak, or pre-school group reading. The brings out laughter of the imagination of what you are able to think about.

Big Kid Reaction
Christopher Skelskey
I love to read this book to celebrate Dr. Seuss. The kids enjoy the story and it helps bring out some great questions that a teacher can use to props deeper and help them understand the story more. I like to use it as a stepping stone to discuss how they too can use their imagination when writing fiction stories themselves.
Dec 06, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
It was a really short, really easy and really well-written Dr. Seuss book. It had really well-written illustrations, great characters, really funny rhymes and a really fun story. This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books I've ever read in my whole life. I really recommend this book to Seuss fans of all ages.
Think up colors, beautiful creatures, zongs and snuvs, jibboos and vippers, three moons and long trips. Everybody can be a great thinker. All these invented words describe a parade of hilarious characters that encourage children to use their imagination and develop their creative skills.

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Diana Montes
Nov 26, 2015 Diana Montes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how easy is to read Dr. Seuss and how deep and profound knowledge his books have. I had no idea there were similar books to "Oh, the places you'll go" and that one is my favorite. All the thinks we can think if we only give it a try, I wish we did not lose our thinking thinks ability at school.
Monique Williams
This book could be used to teach color words and rhyming words. I would most likely use this book to encourage imaginary play and creativity. The books encourages children to just think up anything and for some children who have trouble with that, such as children with Autism, this could be a good guide to helping them use their imagination.
Sep 12, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
While most of his books focus on teaching a certain aspect of vocabulary or grammar, this one just encourages you to use your imagination!
It's almost like this book was a collection of a bunch of his random doodles. Perhaps a refreshing change from the norm.
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
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