A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Fantasy meant to entertain. Introduces rhyming poetry.
It's fun to cook and collect ingredients in the wild.
Positive Role Models
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.
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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.
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.
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