A young boy weighs the pros and cons of possessing various animal appendages—such as a duck's feet, a deer's antlers, a whale's spout, an elephant's trunk, and a long, long tail—only to decide that he's better off just being himself. A zany, insightful story that beginning readers will wish to hear again and again!
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Series:||I Can Read It All By Myself Beginner Books Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.80(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.43(d)|
|Lexile:||520L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
About the Author
THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.
Date of Birth:March 2, 1904
Date of Death:September 4, 1991
Place of Birth:Springfield, Massachusetts
Place of Death:La Jolla, California
Education:B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
THis book is about a little boy imagining what he could do if he had duck feet, deer antlers, a tail, a trunk, etc. Even though he would like all that he could do with duck feet, antlers, a tail, etc. he comes to realize the bad that would come out of it. In the end the boy decides that he just wants to be himself.
I told myself when I started to catalogue my books that I would not include every book I ever read especially children's books but I could not resist this one.I would have been 4 years old when this book was published. I seem to remember we had a lot of Dr Seuss books but this is the only one I remember reading over and over.I don't have any kids but if I was going to have a children's book on my bookshelf, it would be this one.
Good beginner book because it is easy to read, it rhymes, and keeps you involved! Teaches you the lesson that you will always want something you dont have and at the end of the day you need to be happy with what you look like.
The main character of this book has great reasoning skills because he wishes to have all of these animal characteristics but he then relizes he just wants to be himself.
I would recommend the hard cover so your kids can read this to their kids years from now.
Great classic Dr. Seuss before he used the name. Was my fav book growing up and I can still recite the whole thing word for word. Great for helping kids learning to embrace themselves for who they are, esp. girls.
My 4 year old daughter and I love this book. The story flows very easily with rhyming characteristic of Dr. Seuss. I love the story of the little boy who imagines the different ways that would make him stand out from the other kids (and possibly give him an advantage over the neighborhood bully). But in the end he decides that he likes himself just the way he is.