“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are all over the place” . . . So begins this classic Beginner book by Dr. Seuss. Beginning with just five fish and continuing into flights of fancy, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish celebrates how much fun imagination may also be. From the can-opening Zans to the boxing Gox to the winking Yink who drinks pink ink, the silly rhymes and colorful cast of characters create an entertaining approach to reading so that you can have every child giggling from morning to night: “Today is gone. Today used to be fun. Day after today is another one.”
Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.
“Did you ever fly a kite in bed? Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head?” Such are the profound, philosophical queries posed in this well-loved classic by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel. At the same time as many rhymes in this couplet collection resemble sphinx-worthy riddles, Seuss’s intention is clear: teach children to read in a way that is both entertaining and educational. It matters little that each wonderful vignette has nothing to do with the one that follows. (We move seamlessly from a one-humped Wump and Mister Gump to yellow pets called the Zeds with one hair upon their heads.) Children today will be as entranced by these ridiculous rhymes as they have got been since the book’s original publication in 1960–so amused and enchanted, in truth, they won’t even notice they’re learning to read! (Ages 4 to 8)
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