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Green Eggs and Ham (Beginner Books B-16)

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“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 1988 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published June 1960)
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Efrona Mor The book is sometimes spoke of as a parable for overcoming irrational prejudice, so hmm wonder what green means... ? Green for envy?

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The book is sometimes spoke of as a parable for overcoming irrational prejudice, so hmm wonder what green means... ? Green for envy?

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Mark Lawrence
Sep 18, 2012 Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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
Jan 25, 2014 Manny rated it it was ok
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
Oct 17, 2009 Mikey rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 24, 2010 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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
May 29, 2008 Yulia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mini-me
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May 11, 2016 Jilly rated it it was amazing
I had to pick a childhood book for my 2016 Reading Challenge with the Machalo group, so this one wins. Why? I have it memorized. It was required reading for me according to my children so that they would go to sleep at night. Something about the repetitive wording would lull them off to dreamland.

Jan 27, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
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
Apr 18, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing
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
May 06, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing


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! ;)
Aug 13, 2015 Ferdy rated it really liked it
Lots of fun. Loved all the different rhymes, they were cleverly written with how simple and catchy they were, the illustrations were great as well and perfectly depicted the absurdity of Sam-I-Am and No-name's back and forth about the green eggs and ham. Wish I'd read it as a child though, would have absolutely adored it then.
Apr 22, 2007 Sam rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 08, 2015 Alexxy rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016-reads

I understand the moral of the story. I also understand this is a children's book. Doesn't make it less stupid. Good god it was short!
Carina Mcdonagh
Mar 27, 2012 Carina Mcdonagh rated it really liked it
'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
Feb 02, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood-book

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
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
Jul 14, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-cass
The best book of rhyming ever! Pretty sure Dr Seuss invented rhyming. The illustrations are like an acid trip, so always a good book to read to your kids. I've read this many times and it's my favourite kids book.

EDIT: just read this two more times to my daughter. I've read quite a few Dr Seuss books lately and this is still easily my favourite. During this reading I realised how much my daughter is like the green eggs and ham hater in the book, getting her to try stuff is really difficult. Next
Ian "Marvin" Graye
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 have always much loved Green Eggs and Ham. Both Dr. Seuss' poetic, rhythmic text and his accompanying illustrations are entertaining and enchanting (a sweet delight, with movement, joy and exuberant silliness), and yet, the presented underlying message also shows a basic and important, necessary truth (to not simply and categorically insist that one does not enjoy a certain food, but to actually try it first, that one needs to at least taste a food before making a decision as to whether one li ...more
Mar 18, 2012 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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.
Jun 22, 2008 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, picture
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.
Revisited Green Eggs and Ham for the first time in many years. It was certainly a part of my childhood, though never one of my favorite Seuss books. I think as a kid I got a little frustrated with Sam continuing to pester and it seemed too repetitive. Now, of course, I can appreciate Seuss's genius in creating a story with so few words though I do still feel it's a tad long especially as my two year old son enjoys it very much for about the first half then closes the book, though he does ask for ...more
Oct 28, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books, classics
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!
Sep 25, 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 it was amazing
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
Jan 14, 2017 Angel rated it it was amazing
I read this book to my son when he was just a few years old as well as other Dr. Seuss books. I'm sure I still have a collection of them somewhere in my son's bedroom of many, many books. I make a rule to never throw away any books in the home, share them, but don't throw them away. My son has had an obsession with books just like me, since he could walk. He values them in a way that most kids would take for granted. My son is autistic/nonverbal and books calm him, he enjoys the sounds of the pa ...more
Apr 05, 2009 Rob rated it it was amazing
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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“I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.” 336 likes
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