Reviews for Green Eggs and Ham and Other Servings of Dr. Seuss : Library Edition

School Library Journal Reviews 2005 September

PreS-Gr 3 -This collection of nine early reader stories by Dr. Seuss is read by well-known actors Jason Alexander, David Hyde Pierce, and Michael McKean. Alexander gives a very energetic reading of Green Eggs and Ham , using slight changes in his voice to differentiate between the insistent Sam I Am and his stubborn friend. He adds some pizzazz to his Dr. Seuss's ABC s by using loud, soft, high, and low voices. David Hyde Pierce's reading of Fox in Socks also uses different tones of voice in the dialogue between tongue-tied Mr. Knox and the wily Fox. Ron McKean's enthusiasm for the language is clear in his zealous readings of I Can Read with My Eyes Shut and other tales. Among the other stories in the collection are I'm Not Going to Get Up Today , One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! , Oh Say Can You Say?" and Hop on Pop . Marc Levenson produced a clever musical background that is consistent with the character of the stories. He highlights the readings with accents from a keyboard, synthesizer, and various percussion instruments that vary between bouncy chords, tinkling chimes, or musical themes, such as the prelude to "The Star Spangled Banner" at the beginning of Oh Say Can You Say . This amusing selection of Dr. Seuss stories will suit most libraries for entertainment or educational purposes.-Cynthia Grabke, Thayer Public Library, Braintree, MA

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