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Dr. Seuss's ABC

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  27,167 ratings  ·  776 reviews
With Dr. Seuss as your guide, learning the alphabet is as easy as A, B, C. ...more
Board Book, 24 pages
Published November 26th 1996 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1960)
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seak
Only Dr. Seuss has the audacity to make up names in a book that teaches kids the alphabet.

Zizzer-zazzer-zuzz? Really?



Can you tell I've been reading lots of these books lately with my 18 month old?
Dianna
I think that this is the most amazing alphabet book ever, word-wise. (Animalia wins for pictures, I think.)

We've been collecting Dr. Seuss books for quite some time, because we tend to like them. I never read this book as a child, and I'm almost glad, because I get to be so astounded now as an adult.

First of all, there's great meter. Second, there's tons of alliteration. Third, the alliteration is not only at the beginnings of words, but inside them, too:

"Barber
baby
bubbles
and a
bumblebee"

"F
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Sara Alaee
BIG A,
little a,
what begins with A?

Aunt Annie's alligator.
A...a...A

BIG B,
little b,
what begins with B?

Barber
baby
bubbles
and a
bumblebee.

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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
We have quite a few ABC books in the house now, but I don't think any of them are quite as fun to read as this one - certainly not with the younger readers anyway. Seuss doesn't go for the usual pattern of picking one thing for each letter; no, he has to include silly rhymes and even some made-up words too, paired with his trademark slightly-unrealistic illustrations. A sample:

BIG A,
little a,
what begins with A?

Aunt Annie's alligator.
A...a...A

BIG F,
little f
what begins with F?

Four fluffy feathers
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Stephanie Skolmoski
"Big A little a what begins with A?" And it begins -- the sound of a little voice answering the question - "Aunt Annie's Alligator A a A." This is a favorite read in the car - so much so that my grand kids have it memorized!

Dr. Seuss has a magical way of rhyming and creating rhythm that appeal to young and old. You begin reading about Aunt Annie's alligator and you're off into that delightful rhythm that keeps you and the children hooked to the very end with the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz. Seuss never d
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Emily
Loved reading this one to Catherine. We will be rereading this one often.
Erik Graff
Jan 30, 2015 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids just learning to read
Recommended to Erik by: Jack Gregory
Shelves: art
His parents being concerned about how much time he was spending watching a computer video game on YouTube, first-grader Jack was told to stop and I thereupon invited him to pick out a book to read instead. He selected this one without complaint and the two of us proceeded to study it, page by page, both in terms of its words, but also in terms of their reference to the art work. To make it more participatory, I asked Jack to give a word starting with the letter-to-come before proceeding to see w ...more
Benjamin Dover
this book helped me a lot!!!!! without this book i would be lost...
Kaleb
I read the book ABC by Dr.Seuss. It is about the alphabet and all the words with a certain letter in it. It starts with A and finishes with Z. There are a lot of interesting words they use throughout the book.

There is no main character, but there are some characters. David Donald Doo who is some white kid that dreams about a duck dog. There is Fiffer-feffer-feff who has four fluffy feathers coming out of his head. There is also Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz who is gigantic, ugly, and pink and white.

There i
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Mike
Oct 23, 2009 Mike added it
It was too hard. :(
Anne
This book does have rhymes in it, like most Dr.Seuss’s books, and it also has alliteration. This is important for this book in particular since it not only teaches children the letters of the alphabet but it also their sounds. This book is good at teaching phonics since it did not overlook special sounds for some letters that could have been overlooked otherwise. Such was the case for the letter “C”, even though the hard “C” sound could have been done on its own the soft “C” was also included by ...more
Jennifer Weiss
True to Dr. Seuss's creative writing style, this book is no different. There are many made up animals and names, making it fun and interesting to learn the alphabet. The pictures are also very detailed and whimsical corresponding to the letter and words on the page. I really liked how repetitive it is; the letter appears on the page alone at least three times. A few times in lowercases and several in uppercase. It is good to introduce the concept that there is both upper and lowercase letters. A ...more
Kaitlyn Stanfield
Dr. Seuss books are classic. This book copyrighted in 1963 is a great beginner book for any child. The book is easy to follow and gives great Alphabet teaching, such as showing the upper case letters as well as the lower case letters, with each letter in the alphabet and tells several words that start with that letter. To go along with the words, the illustrations are well thought out and are very literal, which is great for beginning readers. I liked the illustrations in the book because they ...more
Annaliese (openyourpagesandfly)
I have no idea what to say about this book, but it made me laugh!
Some of my favourite quotes from it:

"O is very useful. You use it when you say: 'Oscar's only ostrich oiled and orange owl today.'"

"Lazy lion licks a lollipop."

"Four fluffy feathers on a Fiffer-feffer-feff."

"David Donald Doo dreamed a dozen doughnuts and a duck-dog, too."

"I am a Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz as you can plainly see."

I'm learning so much from Dr. Seuss today! Haha
Esther Barajikian
"Dr. Seuss's ABC" is a delightful picture book written for primary readers. Each page is dedicated to one letter of the alphabet where it is presented in both upper and lower cases and then featured in a zany sentence. The creative use of language makes this a fun and memorable reading experience. Between "David Donal Doo's dozen donuts" and "Jerry Jordan's jelly jar" - the reader is delightfully immersed into the world of sounds and language. I gave this book a 4-star rating for its fun-loving ...more
Chantee Jordan
Dr. Suess's ABC is a great book that introduces children not only to the entire alphabet, but it also shows children the differences in capitalization and lowercase and encourages a strong sense of creativity. Although Suess may not use real everyday words for some letters,such as the letter "K" and the example, kerchoo, I feel this is suitable for the age group;it allows children to be engaged. With this specific example the picture gives the description, much like it sounds, it appears to be a ...more
Jessalyn Collins
Not only does this book rhyme like all other Dr. Seuss books do, it also uses alliteration. Alliteration is important for this book in particular since it not only teaches children the letters of the alphabet, but it also teaches phonics. For example, the letter “C” has two sounds, the page about the letter “C” incorporated the hard “C” sound as well as the soft “C” sound by using words such as “ceiling.” Alliteration is also fun in this book; learning alliteration is enjoyable for kids because ...more
Bradman
My Brother, Jack, who is 5, is starting to read! This was a great book for 4+ Years. Even I enjoyed it! Jack Reads in Bed With his new lamp,(Most times just looking at pictures) But me, Rose, Damos and Natalie Are going To read to him, And Hopefully In about a year He Will Be Reading Zac power novels! now I will Get on with the actual review;) It is another DR. Seuss's books, Quite an old one actually. It Concentrates on Each of the letters at a time, and When it starts on another letter It star ...more
Gina
Last night each of my son's had to pick a Dr. Seuss book that was most important to their life. My 10 year old son picked this one and he read it to me for a change of pace. But his is the book that my husband and I must have read to him over 200 times when he was an early reader. This book not only taught him his ABC's but how to read with gusto! 5 stars!
Ann
I read this book with my two-year-old nephew, who had just woken up and wanted to read a book with me. He just pointed at a book, and then backed into my lap and it was the cutest thing EVER. As I read the book to him, he pointed at each thing and named the color. I thought it was great for its clarity in the images, which made it easy for him to point and talk about each letter, but a lot of the nonsense words seemed to not interest him since he liked being able to name things. More than anythi ...more
Yousra Bushehri
All I can say about this book is: I just gotta love my major!

(Master's Degree in Children's Literature)
Elizabeth Murphy
This book shaped my childhood. I went looking through several ABC books with my mother the other day and when we came across this one she said to me, "Thanks to you, I've memorized this book!" I eyed her suspiciously and tested her by opening the book and telling her to read it to me without looking at it. To my surprise, she started, "Big A little a What Begins with A? Aunt Annie's alligator.....A...a...A." I widened my eyes in shock and she continued with B and it just amazed me that she still ...more
Robert
This is a clever book that looks like it was meant to help children learn their “ABC’s”. Each page you flip to represents a letter in the alphabet and has a sentence that is full of words that begin with that letter. Each page also clearly writes out what how each letter of the alphabet should look like written as a capital letter, and as a lower case letter. It is a unique way to visually show children how each letter of the alphabet associates itself with certain words. The end of the book top ...more
Amy
ABC by Dr. Seuss is a children’s alphabet book, which explains each letter of the alphabet. This book is written for primary readers and children who are learning how to write or recite the alphabet. There are many made up animals and names, which make a simple book fun to read. At the end of the book, there was a full alphabet, including both uppercase and lowercase letters. Each page is full of words that start with the particular letter introduced on that page.

The pictures are detailed and co
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Itzel
In this book, it went over the alphabets. It started with A and completed the alphabets. It also gave examples of words that started with the letters. It included Aunt Annie’s Alligator to Zizzer-zazzer-zuzz. It gave a lot of words that started with each letter in the alphabet.

In the book, I liked how it showed upper and lower case letters. This can really help children out in distinguishing their lower and upper case letters. This is a beginner book. It has easy words to read. The book has a lo
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Chanita Zimmerman
I love this book. The children also enjoys this book. I love the learning concepts and it is full of humor. every classroom should have a copy of this book.









If you want to pronounce the name the way his family did, say Zoice,not Soose. Seuss is a Bavarian name, and was his mother’s maiden name: Henrietta Seuss’s parents emigrated from Bavaria (part of modern-day Germany) in the nineteenth century. Seuss was also his middle name.

Theodor Seuss Geisel — known as “Ted” to family and friends — liked
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Jake
Dr. Seuss's ABC book uses catching and creative alliterations to teach children about the alphabet. Throughout the story he asks the audience what begins with each letter. When the reader turns the page they find out all the catchy words that start with that particular letter.

Not only is this story very engaging because of its rhyme scheme but it has big and small text in different colors. This keeps the reader engaged and interested each time they turn the page. The wacky characters that DR. S
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Madison Hays
Dr. Seuss's ABC book uses catching and creative alliterations to teach children about the alphabet. Throughout the story he asks the audience what begins with each letter. When the reader turns the page they find out all the catchy words that start with that particular letter.

Not only is this story very engaging because of its rhyme scheme but it has big and small text in different colors. This keeps the reader engaged and interested each time they turn the page. The wacky characters and the cr
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Jennifer
This is such a classic and so fluid. There are definitely tongue twisters in this one, but I made it through without a stumble. I love Dr. Seuss's books that make you want to speed up and see if you won't stumble when you attempt to follow his rhymes. I also love the classic illustrations of this book. This is definitely on of my favorite Dr. Seuss's books.
Maureen Jehling
Dr. Seuss's ABC, by Dr. Seuss, is all about the alphabet! The author begins with the letter A and so on, with creative twists. But then for each letter he also includes a sentence with a repeating sound, which is the letter for that specific page. There are no real unexpected twists in this book because it is a rather basic teaching book while it teaches the alphabet. But go ahead and grab this book at the library to read with your child if they are in the process of learning their a,b,c's.

This
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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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