Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Peek at our Bookshelf: Mostly Seuss Edition

The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster is a sweet story about visiting grandparents.  The fun window welcomes the little girl as she arrives, and she describes all the wonderful things she can see through her grandparent's special window.  The story also tells the secrets and silliness that grandparents and grandchildren share!  The illustrations are whimsical and look like child's scribble, but perhaps that's why it appeals to the younger crowd.

Emory picked out Rhinoceros's Bathtime (Let's Go To The Zoo!) at a library book sale, and still picks it off the shelf fairly frequently.  It's a board book, so it's short and great for bedtime readings.  However, the vivid photography and simple text make it absolutely perfect for toddlers.  Certainly it would be good to read  before a trip to the zoo!

The boys love Dr. Seuss books so I gave in (don't hate, but I'm only a mediocre Seuss "fan" if you could even call me that) and let them have a Seuss themed week, complete with Seuss inspired meals!  I just told myself it was about Read Across America Day.  ;-)

If I had to choose, Horton Hatches the Egg is one of my "favorite" Seuss books.  It actually tells a story, and teaches perseverance and patience.  It's also a good lesson on laziness and abandoning your responsibility.  It's one I don't mind reading.

We just read The Sneetches from The Sneetches and Other Stories for the first time over lunch one day, and I didn't mind it too much since it had a clear story line.  The first time the Sneetches without stars received their Stars, Elliott thought they would be allowed to play!  It's a simple little story about both accepting others and accepting yourself which was clear to my five year old.

We read Yertle the Turtle from Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories before playing a game of Topsy Turtle.  This is another of Seuss's "moral" stories that I don't mind reading.  Elliott liked watching the turtle tower get taller and wanted to know when the mean king was going to fall.  Like some of the others, I think the message in this book is obvious enough for young children, without being too pushy.

Green Eggs and Ham is one of those borderline books for me, but Elliott loves it, and it makes a great breakfast read while the kids enjoy some green eggs!

These have been some of the two year old's favorite reads this week.

Linked Up:  Read Aloud Thursday, Excellence in Reading Challenge


  1. My little man loves The Foot Book and Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? (He's 2 as well!) Thanks for stopping by Creative and Curious Kids- great ideas that you shared-I commented back on my blog. :)

    Enjoy your day!

  2. I love the Yertle the Turtle! Dr. Suess' board books have been a favorite in our house.

  3. Great post. This was my quote to honour Dr Seuss

  4. My daughter loves reading Dr. Seuss. Last summer we challenged ourselves to read all of Dr. Seuss's books over summer break. We failed but we may pick it up again this summer. My favorite is Fox in Socks, my daughters favorite is Green Eggs and Ham.