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The Foot Book

Dr. Seuss takes a fun walk through land of opposites.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dr. Seuss' The Foot Book is a fun look at opposites. The peppy rhymes trip off the tongue, and the art is a full-dress rehearsal of Seuss creatures to come. Once kids are familiar with the words, they join right in.

What's the story?

Dr. Seuss takes feet on an extended walk through the land of opposites: "Wet foot / Dry foot / Low foot / High foot." Sprouting from a variety of Seussian animals are "Slow feet / Quick feet / Trick feet / Sick feet."

Is it any good?


Teaching through disarmament is a Seuss specialty, and it's on full display in this fun book. First, he disarms his readers with utterly engaging artwork and deep colors, then he slips the lesson across with a dose of humor and a nose for mischief. The words are simple, but they carry an important idea: opposites.

Feet, of course, are a natural for the task, and Seuss exploits them fully and humorously, by color and size and side, by position and type. Feet in action: "Up in the air feet / Over the chair feet." At all hours: "Feet in the morning / Feet at night / Left foot / Left foot / Left foot / Right." Since the foot is also one of those body parts that get taken for granted, kids also tend to take a good, long look at them for the first time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about feet. Where do want your feet to take you?

  • What's fun about words that rhyme?

  • What other opposites can you think of?

Book details

Author:Dr. Seuss
Illustrator:Dr. Seuss
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:October 12, 1968
Number of pages:28

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Adult Written byLowe's man September 12, 2014

curious feet, serious feet

This is one of the first books I can remember seeing in my house. I still remember bits and pieces of it to this day. It says the various things feet can do, as well as the way feet might look in various states (sick feet, etc.). Kids will have fun reading along once they memorize the book.
Kid, 11 years old April 13, 2009


ok so dr.seuss is a good rhymer but he has kids goin around saying thing do make sense ok what the heck is a WHACKET!! and a zink in the sink umm helllo kids dont beed to be saying things like that people are gonna look at them like there high "theres a what in your sink??" is what people are gong to be saying DONT EVEN!!
Parent Written byneens_b January 28, 2013

Great book

My 2-year-old son loves this book. He especially likes the polka-dot feet!
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