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Green Eggs and Ham

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  616,337 ratings  ·  9,401 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 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?

Not sure, but it'…more
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 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 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
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First let me say I love Dr. Seuss. I just finished reading 'Green Eggs And Ham' with my granddaughter and we really enjoyed it. In short, the book teaches children to try something first before they decide they don't like something. The illustrations are great! I beleve we can all take a lesson from this one.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham is a children's book by Dr. Seuss, first published on August 12, 1960.

The story has appeared in several adaptations starting with 1973's Dr. Seuss on the Loose starring Paul Winchell as the voice of both Sam-I-am and the first-person narrator.

The story becomes a refrain as Sam persistently follows his rival through an assortment of locations (in a house, in a box, in a car, in a tree, on a train, in the dark, in the rain, on a boat) and dining par
Jan 25, 2014 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
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book Review
4 of 5 stars to Green Eggs and Ham, a picture book written by Dr. Seuss in 1960. Another delightful children's book full of wonderful images and fantastic rhymes. These are amazing books to use as tools that engages young kids in reading at a very early age. The topic in this one... Sam-I-Am and all the places to eat green eggs and ham! On some levels, the things they eat and the places they go are not appropriate for kids, but it's meant as humor and fun... so I let those
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Seuss's Orwellian dystopia finds him once again subverting reality in his funhouse world. He's not being subtle about it either. It's wild that there are whole generations who think this is cute:

courtesy of this woman who is undoubtedly super nice

If your ham and eggs are green, they are rancid. Of course they are! That's what green means! They're made of poison now. You're going to get really sick. Tautological nightmare Sam I Am is trying to convince our protagonist - unnamed, like so many
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-story, humor
Nutritive reading indeed!!!


Do you like green eggs and ham?

I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

I do not like green eggs and ham.

One of the most charming tales to help kids to learn how to read.

A brilliant work made only with fifty words, where forty-nine out of those words are monosyllables.

Dr. Seuss, only him.

Genius is an overstatement for a writer as him.

Also, I think that besides helping to learn how to read,...

...this funny story helps to e
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

Okay. I never heard this little story before.
It seems this book . . .

. . . was written on a bet. Bennett Cerf, co-founder of Random House and Seuss’s editor, bet him $50 that he couldn’t write a book using only 50 unique words. Seuss made it work with exactly 50—but Cerf never paid his debt. Seuss probably didn’t notice, as the book went on to become one of the best-selling picture books ever written (with any number of words).
The 50 unique words, in case you
Oct 17, 2009 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. )
May 11, 2008 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.
May 11, 2016 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.

Jason Koivu
Jun 24, 2010 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
5 Green Eggs and Ham ★'s

“Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say.”

And yet another delightful book from the one and only Dr. Seuss :) It's loaded with wonderful images and fantastic rhymes. That the kids really get into and will love reading or singing along whichever you prefer. Green Eggs and Ham is really funny and silly and it's also a lot of fun. No wonder why it's a classic. The illustrations are big, bold and colorful. I love the message behind it too, it teaches
May 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mini-me
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Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
‘Dr Seuss’ being the pen name under which Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote (taking his middle name and making full use of his Oxford University PhD in English literature) was the American born grandson of German immigrants to the US.

Beginning his career in the late 1920’s as an illustrator and cartoonist, it wasn’t until nearly 30 years later that Seuss produced his classic series of children’s books that so many of us know and love.

Never having the benefit of the books of Dr Seuss when I was a chil
[Shai] Bibliophage
I have to read this twice before I was able to grasp the moral lessons that this children's story book wants to impart to readers. I'm very much aware that target audience for these story books of Dr. Seuss are kids. I can't stop myself on reading them because the colorful illustrations and story are not only enticing, but because all of his books has a hidden moral lesson in them which adult readers could really appreciate.
Oct 01, 2007 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
Jun 22, 2008 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.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books like this make me wanna have children.
Apr 18, 2008 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
Jan 27, 2011 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
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I was never a fan of Dr. Seuss books. My mother purchased this book and I read it to my younger siblings. They seemed by like the colorful pictures and rhyming verses.

It was a fun book for younger children so I, later, purchased it and read to my kids.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love finding books for my son that I had when I was a kid, so when I recently came across a 50th anniversary edition of Green Eggs and Ham complete with shiny cover I had to get it to add to my 5yr old's bookshelf. This is definitely a book that has stood the test of time and an excellent piece of work considering Dr. Seuss completed it using just 50 words. I had a lot of fun reading it to my son. He laughed all throughout it and once we were done he immediately requested for me to read it to ...more
Aug 13, 2015 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.
Nov 08, 2015 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!
Nadin Adel
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the idea that you should never judge a book from its cover.
Dr. Seuss way of writing stories in such rhythmic manner to teach kids - and even adults - lessons is really magnificent!

You may watch an illustration through here:
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful children’s book, wether you’re reading it to them, or their just learning to read and practicing. You can’t go wrong with Dr Seuss.
I have indeed always very much loved Green Eggs and Ham, as both Dr. Seuss' poetic, rhythmic text and his accompanying illustrations are both entertaining and enchanting (a sweet delight, with movement, joy and exuberant silliness). And yet, the presented underlying message of Green Eggs and Ham 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 bef ...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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