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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Dr Seuss's books

Elyssa has a small collection of Dr Seuss's books.

This was the first set we got for her. It's a collection of 6 hardcover books@ RM49.90 with an additional 15% discount. We wanted to get another box set after that, but we found out that even the paperback version (also 6 books in a box set) was already RM99.90. We finally realised there was a pricing error. The set that we bought should have been RM149.90 instead of RM49.90!! :)

Next, we got her another 2 hardcover books with "hardpages" (can't think of the proper word) so she could turn the pages freely without us being worried that she'll tear the pages.

Then hubby saw this giant book and bought for her. It was a few days before her first birthday, so it was considered her birthday present-

So, that's her collection so far. The whole Dr Seuss craze came from hubby. He said he had one Dr Seuss book when he was a kid and he just loved it. I was a bit sceptical since there are some strange characters in the books. Hubby insisted that they were good for imagination. I felt it was better to get the basics right first. Like knowing what are dogs and cats first, before going to creatures like a "seven hump Wump" (from the One Fish, 2 Fish book)
For now, it's still ok since Elyssa likes to look at the pictures and listen to the rhyming words. And hubby doesn't complain so much if it's Dr Seuss when I occasionally ask him to take over the bed time reading session. (b4 this, it was like.... wat????? I have to read 3 Little pigs AGAIN???? ha hahh...)
Some photos of Elyssa with her Dr Seuss book -


Age-appropriate comment aside, I must say that some of the stories are very good.
For example, here are some excerpts from "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"
Today is your day
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.

You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

.... headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place.
For people just waiting
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow
Everyone is just waiting
That's not for you!
Somehow you'll escape
all the waiting and staying
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing

On and on you will hike
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.

A very good life lesson indeed! A good reminder about taking charge of our own lives and not allowing ourselves to be stuck in the "Waiting Place". Also that life is not always easy and we shouldn't give up.


2ma said...

we love dr seuss books as well. in fact, shan leo has the same set of dr seuss books *hehe*

we got to know about dr seuss books from shan leo's play school, and ever since, we will always on the look out for good bargains for dr seuss books.

good choice indeed!!

Mommy to Chumsy said...

dr. seus is really good eh? my dad got me one when i was very young and i loved it. however, i haven't got ashley any. not sure if she understands them :D

Merryn said...

the place that i teach last time has the full collection of dr. seuss and until today i cant understand them! LOL! dat's da reason i dont get them for ethan.. hehe.. good for elyssa dat she inherited her dad's understanding on seuss

Unknown said...

read dr seuss book once, didn't like it for myself, so i didn't get vic any during her time, but i remembered reading one to her, dunno where i got the book from. she was not interested, so i left it as it is. preferred the books with animal stories, and until today, she loves anything that has to do with animals... even socks! but william? he's more playful than studious. everytime i open a book, he closes it for me.

Mummy Gwen said...

Elyssa looks so happy holding the book..hehe. It's good that she loves books.

Adrine said...

Jasmine - heh heh.... u same "gang" as my hubby :)

Barbara - you had a much earlier exposure to Dr Seuss than me. I read my first book only when I started working!

Merryn - he hehh....half the time, I don't understand either!

Irene - so far, Elyssa seems to like all sorts of books. Once when she was fussing in the car, I managed to distract her with the only book in the car...... which was the map book!!!

MummyGwen - I hope her love of books will continue :)

Fussy mum said...

Heard of dr seuss books but so far, have not read any of them. It's good that Elyssa loves's never too early to cultivate the habit of reading.

Leona said...

Also had one Dr seuss book when I was young... 'I wish I had duck feet'! I loved it. I guess when Ryan is at a reading stage, I will get him some. They have lovely illustrations. And i agree that they are good for the imagination. A bit wacky tho.