Green Eggs and Ham, a picture book by Dr. Seuss, is my all-time favorite. I remember going to the library almost every day as a kid to ask the librarian to read it to me. I even almost learn it, as it has lots of catchy rhymes. The book is about Sam-I-Am, who is the main character, trying to convince the narrator of the book to try his green eggs and ham. By offering different scenarios and dining partners to the narrator, Sam-I-Am ends up convincing him to try his green eggs and ham at the end of the book. In a deeper aspect, the book shows how experience is important when someone is making a judgement; the narrator realized he loved green eggs and ham once he finally tried them.
This book’s pages consist of small texts, which always rhyme, as well as of extravagant pictures filled with little details. For example, look at the following picture:
“Could you, would you, with a goat?” “I would not, could not, with a goat!” The rhymes make the reading so fun! They make it impossible for one not to read it out loud. Also, since it has very few text, one can concentrate more on the drawings, which is the other fun element the book contains, besides the rhymes. This page of the book is my favorite because it reminds me of the Doctor Seuss’s Disney ride, which is in a crazy train like the one drawn. Dr. Seuss is characterized for his weird, extravagant, crazy pictures. For example, he painted the mountains red. That sort of thing gets one’s attention, since the more the kid reads the book, the more details he finds, and the more he or she loves the book. Pictures are also very detailed. One can see the goat and the narrator in black and white, and Sam-I-Am with his green eggs and ham in color. I think Dr. Seuss tries to represent positivism with color and negativism without it. Another thing that gets my attention in this picture is movement. The train seems to be falling down the continuous roller coaster, and it’s so fun for kids to see that!