May 8, 2009

Book Review: On Beyond Zebra

Gabe recently expressed an interest in reading Dr. Seuss to the kids. Since then, we have been faithfully picking out some Seuss each time we go to the library. Well, each time we remember to return the last Dr. Seuss book. One of the last ones we got out, "On Beyond Zebra" was just amazing. He explains how most people end the alphabet at Z for Zebra, but for some that is just not enough. He continues the alphabet in a way that only, well, in a way that only Dr. Seuss could. If you have ever read "Dr. Suess's ABC" you might have a vague idea what I am talking about. A Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz is just the beginning of Suess's imagination when it comes to the alphabet.

Frankly, though, this is great! Not only is it fun to read, it stretches the understanding of letters. It is like learning the basic principles of letters and phonics, then just going absolutely crazy with it and having a lot of goofy fun!

I did start thinking though, just like we end the alphabet with Z (which is fine by me, 26 letters is plenty, in my mind) often, we stop with "Horton Hears a Who", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!", and "There's a Wocket in my Pocket". But there are so many amazing books written by Dr. Seuss, some with serious lessons to be learned, some to help learn letters, numbers and rhymes, or some that are just plain goofy. Either way, it is worth checking out a few you have never read and trying them. Just be careful which ones you choose before bedtime-some can be pretty long! :)

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