Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Green Eggs and Ham!

"I do not like green egss and ham,
I do not like them, Sam-I-am!"

What child doesn't love this simple book written by Dr. Suess many,many years ago. I picked this book up for storytime today and had fun reading it with my youngest. She enjoyed finishing the sentences to the rhymes as I read- "I do not like them in a house." and so on. I can't even count how many times I've read this book over the years. Did you know that the vocabulary of the text consists of just fifty different words?

"The fifty words used are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you. 45 of the 50 words (all but box, car, Sam, train and try) are of Germanic origin."
(from Wikipedia)

Well, now that I've read the book, I've been told that I have to play the Green Eggs and Ham board game today. Actually, peanut just handed me the directions to the game. I guess it says here that the first player to try the green eggs three different ways and taste the green eggs and ham wins the game!! Hmmm. I think that this game may have a great hidden theme- Play this if you want to persuade your child to eat something new!! Try a couple of the activities listed below after reading "Green Eggs and Ham".

Cook green eggs with your child. I use green food coloring. They get a kick out of this!

Pop some popcorn and rent the movie!

Play a rhyming game with the words. How many words can you think of that rhymes with fox??

Play on the website Suesville! www.seussville.com

Well, I'm off to pick up my oldest daughter from school and then it time to play the Green Eggs and Ham Game!!

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