Oh Say Can You Say?



A volatile stew of festive wordplay.

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Parents need to know that these twisters beckon with their tomfoolery and good cheer.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Dr. Seuss
Illustrator:Dr. Seuss
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:January 1, 1979
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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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 right for their kids..........WOW
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