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A love of reading starts with Dr. Seuss poetry humor animals childrens books classics beginner books
Oh, the Places You'll Go! By Dr. Seuss The Lorax by Dr. Seuss The Lorax by Dr. Seuss HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! By Dr. Seuss HORTON HEARS A WHO! By Dr. Seuss HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! By Dr. Seuss
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! THE LORAX YOU’RE ONLY OLD ONCE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HORTON HEARS A WHO! HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
These funny but thought-provoking picture books are ideal for independent readers or reading aloud. Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with humorous verse and whimsical illustrations. Dr. Seuss’s beloved story teaches kids to treat the planet with kindness. Just what the doctor ordered for new retirees, old souls, and kids at heart. The perfect celebration of the person you were born to be. A tiny speck of dust contains an entire miniature world--Who-ville. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays.
ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH by Dr. Seuss poetry baby shower gift classic children's books GREEN EGGS AND HAM by Dr. Seuss books for toddlers classics THE CAT IN THE HAT by Dr. Seuss poetry humor animals children's books classics HOP ON POP by Dr. Seuss new dad gifts dad to be fathers day gifts Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection books for babies baby book set Dr. Seuss's Second Beginner Book Collection alphabet books doctor gifts book sets
ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH GREEN EGGS AND HAM THE CAT IN THE HAT HOP ON POP DR. SEUSS'S BEGINNER BOOK COLLECTION DR. SEUSS'S SECOND BEGINNER BOOK COLLECTION
Beginner Books combine a blend of words and pictures that encourage kids to read-all by themselves. This book has everything a beginning reader needs! Unmistakable characters and signature rhymes. The timeless tale from Dr. Seuss about the cat in his hat who visits Sally and her brother. The rollicking rhythm will keep kids entertained on every page. An ideal gift for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds. This boxed set of of five beloved Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss will be cherished by young and old alike.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE SPACE! OH SAY CAN YOU SAY DI-NO-SAUR? INSIDE YOUR OUTSIDE! ALL ABOUT THE HUMAN BODY HARK! A SHARK! ALL ABOUT SHARKS On Beyond Bugs! All About Insects My, Oh My--A Butterfly!
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE SPACE! OH SAY CAN YOU SAY DI-NO-SAUR? INSIDE YOUR OUTSIDE! HARK! A SHARK! ON BEYOND BUGS MY, OH MY--A BUTTERFLY!
This series of nonfiction books introduces basic science—in Seussian style—to beginning readers. An out of this world reading adventure through outer space! Journey through the fascinating world of dinosaurs! The Cat in the Hat takes a ride through the human body. A fascinating exploration of the world of sharks. All you ever wanted to know about insects. Observe the metamorphosis of an egg into a caterpillar into a chrysalis into a bright new butterfly!

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Subtitled A Book for Obsolete Children, this unusual item in the Seuss canon doesn't really belong among the children's books. Written to celebrate the nonsense master's 82nd birthday, it follows "you" (an elderly gent in a suit and white moustache) through a physical check-up in some fiendish geriatric clinic. You are measured, prodded, and subjected to all the medical indignities familiar and unfamiliar to the elderly. "You must see Dr. Pollen, our Allergy Whiz, who knows every sniffle and itch that there is... He will check your reactions to thumbtacks and glue, catcher's mitts, leaf mould, and cardigans too. Nasturtiums and marble cake, white and blue chalks, anthracite coal and the feathers of hawks." It's clear that the process is going to be long, but much shorter than the bill. The blurb on the back says it all: "Is this a children's book? Well... not immediately. You buy a copy for your child now and you give it to him on his 70th birthday." Actually, it would make an amusing gift for anyone over 40. --Richard Farr

About the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0394551907
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (March 1, 1986)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 56 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780394551906
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0394551906
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7 years and up
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1000L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 2 - 12
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.38 x 0.37 x 11.31 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Theodor Seuss Geisel—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into 45 languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

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The book was printed wrong. The inside pages are inserted upside down, so you open the cover and you see the last page of the book first, but upside down. This is a gag gift, so I'll deal with it, but very disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PURE SEUSS FOR THE ELDERLY
By Grandma Hook on December 24, 2016
Pure Seuss for the elderly. It made a great gift for my 80-something relatives, and my 70 year old spouse. I got a kick out of it, too, and I've never been a Dr. Seuss fan. It's an all-in-good-fun read with the same rhythmical lilt and imaginative illustrations we've come to expect from the eminent author who wrote the book on his 82nd birthday in 1986 after having spent entirely too much time in physician waiting rooms and undergoing medical examinations. Here's part of what he has to say about the "pill mill" to which the "obsolete children" who are the subject of this treatise inevitably get to imbibe:
"I take three blues at half past eight
to slow my exhalation rate.
On alternate nights at nine p.m.
I swallow pinkies. Four of them."
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By DVD on July 20, 2019
Was excited to get this book at a reasonable price. This is the type of book you give as a gift for someone's birthday. Well when I opened it I was so disapointed. First a birthday card fell out. The first page was covered with signatures from the gift givers. And then there was the odor. Smells like old peoples house. (You know the smell). So I just wasted my money as I could not give this as a gift to my intended . Description was "like new" . Well writing and smelly are not like new. See photos. The first shows old glue coming through.
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