Scrambled Eggs Super!

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Robyn Raymer, Common Sense Media
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Funny tale of taking eggs from wacky birds in faraway lands.

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Educational Value

Fantasy meant to entertain. Introduces rhyming poetry.

Positive Messages

It's fun to cook and collect ingredients in the wild. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

A Middle Eastern man is dressed stereotypically. Peter steals eggs from wild birds all over the world, and a redwood-size Zinzibar-Zanzibar tree is chopped down just to get at a few little birds roosting in its branches.

Violence & Scariness

Huge, fierce-looking birds chase egg collectors.

Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. Seuss' Scrambled Eggs Super! is the funny story of a boy named Peter T. Hooper who goes around collecting eggs from all sorts of birds -- including large and fierce ones -- in order to make his super version of scrambled eggs. One character in the book, first published in 1953, relies on a stereotypical portrayal of a man named Ali: He has a mustache and is wearing a turban, billowy pants, and pointy-toed slippers.

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What's the story?

Peter T. Hooper doesn't like to brag, but he's a most creative, adventurous cook. Searching for ingredients for his SCRAMBLED EGGS SUPER!, he goes off on a series of egg-collecting expeditions. Wacky Seussian birds roost in every imaginable nook and cranny, and the rollicking, rhythmic text is bursting with names like Ham-ikka-Schnim-ikka-Schnam-ikka Schnopp.

Is it any good?

Young readers will love this book and giggle throughout. It's much more than a mere list of made-up birds. Dr. Seuss dreams up a different habitat for each one, such as Mt. Strookoo (home of the Mt. Strookoo Cuckoo) and the sheer cliffs and bluffs where Ziffs and Zuffs nest. He creates special egg-collecting vehicles and tools such as Squitsches: long, retractable grippers used for grabbing ice-cold eggs laid by mournful-looking fowls perched on pointy icebergs. One character, named Ali, is stereotypically portrayed in a turban, billowy pants, and long, pointy-toed slippers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cooking. Does Peter's dish sound good? Think of something you eat often. What do you think would make it taste even better?

  • How many birds in the real world can you name? Where do you see them? 

  • Do you know how to cook? Would you like to learn? What would you like to cook? 

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