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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat

by Dr. Seuss

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    The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (Beginner Books(R)) by Dr. Seuss (Anonymous user)
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    Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (raizel)
    raizel: Both books deal with children left home alone who endure escalating chaos until everything at last returns to normal.
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    Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss (gilberts)
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    One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (I Can Read It All by Myself) by Dr. Seuss (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish has the same kind of humor as The Cat in the Hat.
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The thing is just how unlikeable the cat is--desperate to be the life of the party, living all over you, deaf in one ear at convenient moments, bloodshot eyes and too-loud jokes, fixin to put acid in the punchbowl and set fire to the yard and go "hey maaaan, why you being such a buzzkill?" And when the cops show up he's just "I can't handle this scene, man" and goes all to pieces and you have to deal with it. And he shatters like glass if you say a single unkind word. And if the kids had taken their eyes off his thugs, I mean things, for a moment you know their mother would have come home and found them both killed and eaten.

But then on the other hand there's the fish, who's just a prick and a half. And then you think about the affinity the hippies always had for this story and how it was written in 1957 and then it stares you in the face like the nexus of the culture wars--like, the place where the perennial folktale thread of fear that some prancy fuck with subversive morals and filthy drawers will steal our children that goes back to the Pied Piper (and what the hell, Jesus) splits open and becomes full-on sixties/seventies "she's leaving home"/"don't tell mama, don't tell pa"/"let all the children boogie" children-of-the-psychedelic-corn stuff. And you think holy crap, the hippies must have been infuriating, but the only thing worse than a longhair is still the kind of guy who wants to beat a longhair's ass for being a sissy and listen to some goddamn Gene Pitney.

And Dr. Seuss kicked off the game by stealing their children when they were still in diapers. I admire that, but I am also glad in some ways to not have had to negotiate all that mess. Harshes my mellow just thinking about it. ( )
3 vote MeditationesMartini | Jan 20, 2015 |
The Cat in the Hat appears when the children's mother leaves them home on a rainy day. The children are bored and can't think of anything to do, so the cat brings games to keep the kids entertained. Their pet fish strongly opposes his presence, but the cat continues on with his shenanigans. He makes a huge mess and unleashes Thing 1 and Thing 2 and the children stand by to see what they do. The run in the house and fly kites and make mischief. Suddenly the fish sees their mother is coming. So the children catch Thing 1 and Thing 2 in a net, and the Cat in the Hat helps them clean up the mess before leaving just in time for their mom to walk in the door.

Personal Reflection. Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss? I love the rhythm in his stories and the rhyming words which made them easy to read and remember. I really enjoy the illustrations as well.

Extension Ideas:
1. Have supplies on hand to make hats
2. Have children talk about their favorite indoor games and activities. Ask what they would do if they could not use electronic devices
3. Have children color pictures of the cat and the pet fish and ask what they would say if they were the fish. ( )
  jn925584 | Jan 12, 2015 |
This is one of the most famous out of all the Dr. Seuss's books. Sally and her brother are home alone stuck in the house because of a rainy day. When suddenly the cat in the hat cam bursting though the door causing a mess throughout the house. The two children had to rush and clean the mess before their parents came home. This is a great book for a poetry session. ( )
  amccann | Jan 3, 2015 |
This is Dr. Suess' most famous book. It focuses on two children who are left home alone. The cat in the hat tries to take care of them and make their day fun, but ruins the whole house.
  adates12 | Dec 18, 2014 |
Summary: One rainy day Sally and her brother got a visit from the cat in the hat while their mother was gone for a portion of the day. The cat in the hat had brought along Thing 1 and Thing 2. These two things had been the reason for the most of the crazy antics that occurred that day. The children's goldfish had constantly been telling Sally and her brother that this was not a good idea, but they did not listen. Before their mother got home they had to clean up the mess that had been made so that she could not tell that anyone was even there.

Evaluation/Argument: This is a great book that almost any child will love. The crazy antics of the cat in t he hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2 will add to the fun-nature of this text. Dr. Seuss' illustrations are very bright and detailed throughout the text. He made sure to include everything that he discussed on that page in his illustrations. This seemed like an awesome rainy day to me though. I think that almost any child would agree, but any mother would definitely be angry if they came home to a very messy house.
The central message of this book is to enjoy the rainy days when you have them because we all need a day to just relax. The goldfish should have been more relaxed and not so uptight because everything worked out fine in the end. ( )
  mwade4 | Dec 10, 2014 |
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This is classic book to be used in a lesson about rhyming. This is also a book to use in celebrating Dr. Seus Day!
added by courtneyemahr | editCourtney E. Mahr

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dr. Seussprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, SholemTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edmondson, AdrianNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gammell, StephenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grammer, KelseyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rivera, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viggen, HåkonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 039480001X, Hardcover)

He may be an old standby, but he never lets us down. When in doubt, turn to the story of the cat that transformed a dull, rainy afternoon into a magical and just-messy-enough adventure. There's another, hidden adventure, too: this book really will help children learn to read. With his simple and often single-vowel vocabulary, the good Doctor knew what he was doing: hear it, learn it, read it--laughing all the way. The Cat in the Hat is a must for any child's library.

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Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games.

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