Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

“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...

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Title:Green Eggs and Ham
Author:Dr. Seuss
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ISBN:0394800168
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:62 pages

Green Eggs and Ham Reviews

  • Nathan
    Oct 01, 2007

    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

    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, completely straight. In his voice - with all the authority and suppressed rage of Jackson in his anti-Reagan prime - this book's subversive undercurrent stood out for all to see. "I do not like them, Sam I am!" became a cry for all the people the 1980's forgot about. Suddenly, a correlation was drawn in my head between a story I loved as a kid, and my teen angst-fueled growing fascination with "fight the power" comedy. Fifteen or more years later, this remains one of my favorite books of all time. I am sure Dr. Suess had a lot to do with me becoming the man I am today, but this book, in particular, is one I come back to over and over again. Shortly after George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004, I read it again, and for weeks I couldn't get the mantra out of my head, "I do not like them, SAM I AM."

    NC

  • Peter
    Oct 04, 2007

    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

    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 as you delve into this story, no matter how uncomfortable it may seem at the time. You find yourself relating to either of the characters, and perhaps even a little of both. The main crux of the story relates one man, Sam I Am, trying to please the elderly statesman into venturing into unknown worlds. The elderly character, who is nameless, seems old and set in his ways, seeming to fall back onto years of wisdom, and contradictally, foolishness, as he puts up walls between himself and Sam. Sam is relentless in his persuit to please the elder. Houses, foxes, goats, tunnels, trains, boats, mice. The story finally climaxes as the two characters have experienced a horrendous shipwreck, and as they are fighting for their lives together in the angry sea, the culmination of Sam's efforts converge into one page... a page without a word being spoken. The elder gentleman finally steps outside of his comfort zone, and realizes that he has wasted much energy fighting the personal demons that dwelled inside him. Rescued and back on shore, Sam and the gentleman forge a relationship that is much stronger than it could have ever been, had neither character played the "give and take" game that solidifies our own relationships we experience in our own lives. We see a little (or a lot) of each one of us in both characters, and I believe that the author is trying to deliver a message for generations to come about the importance of harmony in relationships.

    I highly recommend this book. You can easily finish it in a weekend. Once you start, it will be hard to put down.

  • Josh
    May 11, 2008

    An exciting epic story about the battle between good and evil, It really makes you question life the universe and everything.

  • Yulia
    May 29, 2008

    Sometimes things aren't so bad as we imagine them.

  • Brad
    Sep 07, 2008

    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

    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 with the fishes.

    I will read it here or there.

    Say! I will read it ANYWHERE!

    I do so love Green Eggs and Ham.

    Thank you. Thank you, Seuss-I-am.

    thanks to Bird Brian.

  • Mikey
    Oct 17, 2009

    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. )

  • Jason Koivu
    Jun 24, 2010

    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

    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

    . The negativity is driven home time and again until the read

    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

    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

    . The negativity is driven home time and again until the reader cries out, "OKAY, I GET IT! YOU DON'T LIKE GREEN EGGS AND HAM!". Ah, but then comes the twist! The torture victim submits, tries the colorful culinary conglomeration and finds that he actually DOES like it, and thus is freed from torment! I tell you,

    rivals "the greatest story ever told".

  • Mark Lawrence
    Sep 18, 2012

    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

    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 with a fox, but not in a box. And some who would eat them with a fox, in a box, on a train, but not with a goat.

    Ok. So there are lots of kinds of people in the world. Dr Seuss invents diversity. Kudos.

    Really the book is about the key existential question in the 20th and 21st centuries. Green food, yes or no, and under what conditions. It's a metaphor for where a man ... or woman ... or thing called Sam ... draws the line.

    Where people, where will you draw that line?

    Green eggs and (green) ham is a cipher for our age, an antithesis to the jejune, a whirlwind of growing complexity into which we pour our souls and come face to face with the naked question - will we try them? Try them and we may, I say.

    Seuss offers us a black and white and green question - do we like them? But this devolves into shades of grey (green), we're crippled with choice, seduced by the rhythm, shocked by the goat.

    In the end, my friends, there are only two kinds of people. Those who push the 'like' button on my review of Green Eggs and Ham, and those who suck.

  • Manny
    Jan 25, 2014

    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

  • Jilly
    May 11, 2016

    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.