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Green Eggs and Ham

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  405,249 ratings  ·  5,811 reviews
“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of ...more
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published August 12th 1960 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published June 1960)
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Mark Lawrence
There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who like green eggs and ham, and those who don't.

Well, three. Those who like green eggs and ham. Those who don't. And those who like the green eggs but not the ham. It's just ham, not green ham. We should get that straight. Oh, correction, it's green ham too.

Anyhow four kinds of people. The haters, the likers, the green egg but not green hammers, and the green hammers but not green eggs.

Actually I guess there are the people who would eat them wit
Oct 04, 2007 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Abby
This is a very complex story of two gentlemen from two very different walks of life. Introvert, extrovert... good, evil... Democrat, Republican... you get the idea. It also parallels the generational gap between those set in their ways, and those willing to venture out and explore perhaps a different approach to life. However you dissect it, there is an initial, almost uncomfortable clash between the two main characters in this saga. None the less, you cannot help but continue to turn the pages ...more
Say! I love Green Eggs and Ham.
I do! I love it Seuss-I-am.

So I will read it with Miloš
Or he will read it cause he's precoš.
And I will read it with my Të
And we will read it night and day.
And I will read it to my Scout
And she will love it, I have no doubt.
And I will read it in the rain.
And I will read it on the train.
And I will read it in my socks.
And I will read it with a fox.
And I will read it in the shower.
And I will read it every hour.
And I will read it doing dishes.
And I will read it w
I do not think that Doctor Seuss
Should be a God, like Thor or Zeus
And if you hate Green Eggs and Ham
My Dear, I could not give a Damn

If the purpose of myths is to make orderly sense of the world, isn’t it funny that the very first question the Judeo-Christian mythology in Genesis sets out to explain- after the origins of the Creation itself- is how mankind fell from grace? In effect, “How did things get to be so bad?” “Why is life so hard?”

From a modern perspective, the early farming civilizations that gave us Genesis enjoyed a slow-paced life with meaningful community bonds, a deeply-felt connection with the environment, an
Oct 17, 2009 Mikey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mikey by: Mandy Sue
Shelves: 1st-grade
Mommy: "What did you think?"

Mikey: "That was easy, Mommy! I read it so fast!! I like that book. I did a good job, right Mommy?"

Mommy: "Yes, baby. A very good job!"

Mikey: "I read that one without any help! I want to read it again."

Mommy: "Yes you did, baby. Okay, now how many stars?"

Mikey: "5 Mommy. It's my favorite!!"

Mommy: "Sure baby, lets log it into Goodreads..."

(Mommy logging it in, while Mikey is reading the book again. =) Perfect for 1st grade confidence. )
Jason Koivu
An epic poem for the ages! Until recently only heard orally as passed down from the mouths of ancient sages (my mom and dad), I just picked up this tome and realized the eggs and the ham were green. SICK! No wonder the poor target of Sam-I-Am's incessant torment didn't want to eat the horrible looking stuff!

I admire an author who can seamlessly incorporate their opinion. However, I must say that is the one failure of Green Eggs and Ham. The negativity is driven home time and again until the read
Feb 03, 2009 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Josh by: i dont remember
An exciting epic story about the battle between good and evil, It really makes you question life the universe and everything.
Oct 01, 2007 Nathan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jesse Jackson fans.
Shelves: fiction
Roughly fifteen years ago, when I was just starting out in high school, nothing in the world was more subversive or thought-provoking for me than staying up late on the weekend and watching Saturday Night Live. Around the same time, I think during the final year or two of the Reagan administration (my memory is not so good), the Reverend Jesse Jackson made a cameo appearance on the Weekend Update segment. He read Green Eggs and Ham. No adlibbing, no extra jokes, nothing. He just read the book, c ...more
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I never appreciated Green Eggs and Ham when I was a kid. I mean, it was ok, and it was Dr. Seuss, but it is a book about green eggs and ham.

When my niece and nephew were born, however, all that changed. I should say, when my very strong-willed, don't-take-no-for-an-answer, nag-the-grown-ups-until-they-break-down-sobbing niece and nephew were born, Green Eggs and Ham read like a completely different book to me. That Sam-I-Am drives this poor... whatever-he-is to complete distraction! I feel for
I think Seuss is a genius at two distinct genres of children's lit -- the message book and the early reader. This is the book in which I feel that he best balances the two. From the message side, Sam teaches us about persistence while his unnamed, skeptical pal learns that one need not cling desperately to an old idea because ideas (like tastes in oddly colored foodstuffs) can change. But it's also a great example of what a child's reader should be. It has an engaging plot, but effectively uses ...more


My four year old daughter adores this book. I can recite this book without even opening it up. Sigh! That is how many times I have read it! ;)
Apr 22, 2007 Sam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everybody named Sam....... or Kevin.
On the surface, this seams to be a simple tale of learning to like things you never tried. but if you dig deeper, you find a much more sinister manifesto filled with mind control and evil world domination. Yes, I may be treading on thin ice but many have overlooked the subtext and true purpose of this microtome.

Be cautious if you plan on reading this book. not many can remain the same once they have peered into a bucket of pure truth.
Ian Pagan-Szary
Green and Purple Scene

Mum! Green eggs and ham!
I wish you'd make them, not just
Purple eggs and spam.

Could Not, Would Not

I could not, would not
Eat green eggs and ham alone
Anywhere but home.

Green Eggs and Lox

It would pay to ask
Can you swap the ham for lox?
At Barney Greengrass.

I think I see where Dr. Seuss was headed with his books. Clearly he was a man of great culture. I mean think about it. He was into green eggs and ham*; he had a wocket in his pocket (most fashionable)**; he may have travelled a little but as is clearly even more fashionable he encouraged others to travel to imaginary lands***; he described in meticulous detail how an acquaintance of his stole Christmas****; he wrote of another acquaintance's attempt at unauthorised child minding*****; he wrote a
I read somewhere that Green Eggs and Ham was written on a dare. Dr. Seuss was dared to write a story using 50 different words or less. Those 50 words have become one of the greatest books in our families library.

When I was young, this was THE book I would bring home from school. Every Wed. for 2 months, I would check our Green Eggs and Ham. My mom called the school and asked them not to let me check it out anymore. Now, many years later, I still will pick it up and read it. (even at the library!
Nov 01, 2007 David added it
set in the congo in the 30's, this book details the lives of two lesbian lovers who must fight a cholera epidemic that broke out in the village of N'go(click)kamena(click). Sophie, the wealthy British dowager, bravely fights cholera, but gets confused because cholera is microscopic and ends up burning the village down. a must read for anyone who is handicapped and can't go outside.
DJ Harris
May 13, 2013 DJ Harris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids
This book is chock full of fun phrases and fantastic illustrations. The lively characters and poignant messages turn this simple bedtime story into a great tool for learning about the initial processes of reading and recognizing written language. " Green Eggs and Ham " will assist a child in developing a love of reading that will carry over into their long-term scholastic career.

Dr. Suess's Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss 5 Star Review

My grandson, Gauge, and I read this book together. He loves it when people read to him. I hope he develops a love fo
Carina Mcdonagh
'Green Eggs and Ham' by Dr. Seuss is a delectable tongue twister of a story. The simple lexis is constantly repeated and turned on its' head to make for a fast paced, action packed rhythmic tale. The simple premise for the story is 'Sam I Am' trying to persuade or force his very unwilling friend to try green eggs and ham. Through this process the pair travel to different places and meet interesting characters. By the end of the story 'Sam I Am' manages to make his friend try the green eggs and h ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I think this book and Seuss's Cat in the Hat are his two most famous books, and I'm pretty sure this is one (maybe the only one) I did read as a kid.

For the adult reader (reading aloud to kids, no doubt), it's a repetitive, long, and obvious book: Sam offers some green eggs and ham to his grumpy older friend (who remains nameless), and this friend gets angrier and angrier the more Sam tries to convince him to try them (and you can't blame the angry one: green eggs and ham? Sounds utterly disgust
You have to live in a box not to know who Dr. Seuss is. Out of all of his books, this one has always been one of my favorites. On the top of my list, because of the pictures, and the lesson involved, it teaches a child to try something before automatically deciding whether or not he likes it. It also has trains in it, which I completely forgot, and which was a big win with my twin 3 yr olds. I also, love reading Dr. Seuss books, the flow of the rhymes just so much fun to say. Wonderful book.
I was very open to trying new foods as a kid, but Sam I Am actually makes me want to refuse them just because he's such a pushy jerk.
A major disappointment after the Seuss masterpiece "The Cat in the Hat." Not much going on here except some clever wordplay. Plot and character development need major work. All in all, who does Seuss think he's kidding with this phoned-in, dashed off attempt at cashing in on his considerable brand name? Seuss - get real! If you cannot dig deeper into your bag of tricks, then it's time to focus on your day job as a healthcare professional.
This book taught me how to read and, by extension, to write. My parents and educators were only secondarily-involved in the process. This might explain a lot.
3.0 stars. One of those books that everyone read and loved as a child and I was no exception. What was truly special was reading this book to my five year old daughter and re-living the magic through her eyes.
Mike (the Paladin)
From everyone's childhood how can you rate Doctor Theodor Seuss Geisel less than 5 stars???? At least for his children's (Dr. Seuss) works?
John Yelverton
What an amazing book about not letting pre-existing prejudices get in your way. I recommend this book to any and everyone!
I can't tell if Green Eggs and Ham is a cautionary tale about advertising and aggressive sales professionals, or if it's about keeping an open mind about food (which would then be an easy synecdoche for any other culture). Both interpretations have merit and it would be easy to find supporting arguments for either. It is tempting to speculate that "clearly" Dr. Seuss meant for the book to be read in the latter context — but ol' Theodore was a crafty fellow and I certainly wouldn't put it past hi ...more
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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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