Oh Say Can You Say?

Book review by
Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media
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A volatile stew of festive wordplay.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. Seuss' Oh Say Can You Say? offers a heap of limericks and tongue twisters for kids to tackle. Great for read-aloud and even more fun to try to pronounce.

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Kid, 9 years old December 28, 2019

This is hilarious!!

I think a lot of kids will laugh at their parents trying to say these funny phrases!!
Kid, 11 years old August 16, 2014

common sense really put this on here........

"well i am three so this inappropriate for me" i could see why no one wrote a comment no parent is going to see if "Oh say can you say?" is... Continue reading

What's the story?

Fractured limericks? Tongue twisters? Brain teasers? Dr. Seuss blends the three into a volatile stew of festive wordplay. This book is divided into episodes--"West Beast East Beast," "Eat at Skipper Zipp's," and the like--that Seuss uses to create a barely contained visual and verbal tempest.


Is it any good?

These forays into tongue-twisting are so good-natured that they can do little but bring a smile to your lips, which doesn't help a whole lot when it comes to trying to get the pronunciation right. Since each of the episodes (for the most part) occupies one two-page spread, they feel self-contained and snappy.

Dr. Seuss' bright colors and bewhiskered creatures are arrayed on a field of white, and the words seem to vibrate on the page, which should be a nuisance but here seems quite fitting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fun of saying tongue-twisters. Which ones are the most difficult? Are they also the most fun to try?

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