The Foot Book
What parents need to know
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?