Oh Say Can You Say?
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
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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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?
- Author: Dr. Seuss
- Illustrator: Dr. Seuss
- Genre: For Beginning Readers
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Random House
- Publication date: January 1, 1979
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
- Number of pages: 40
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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