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The Cat in the Hat (edition 1957)

by Dr. Seuss

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Title:The Cat in the Hat
Authors:Dr. Seuss
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (1957), Hardcover, 72 pages
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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

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Summary: 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 really opposed him but the cat continues on with his shenanigans. The cat creates a huge mess throughout the house and releases Thing 1 and Thing 2 as the kids stand by to evaluate what they do. 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 reaction: Dr Seuss books have always been entertaining. The Cat in the Hat was full of rhymes and created enjoyment and made it fun for kids to read. I also sorta thought about how much fun it was to make a mess, but how things needed to be picked up before getting in trouble by your parents/guardians.

Extension Ideas:
1. Make hats out of paper ( )
  Mickey3091 | Feb 11, 2015 |
Dr. Seuss is well known
For his most famous prose
And the tale of poetry,
"The Cat in the Hat"
Is no exception to that.

This beloved children's novel follows Sally and her brother,
Through antics and games that are really a bother
Their poor fish wants this Cat to leave, but the Cat?
The Cat in the Hat?

Why, he just wants to have fun!
But what happens when he’s done?
Will he clean up in time?
Will the house be rid of all left over grime?

If you wish to know the ending,
You must find a place lending
The book with the large Cat,
The book called; “The Cat in the Hat.” ( )
  Miss_Annie_O | Feb 2, 2015 |
This classic story of chaos, mayhem, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and rainy days gives an opportunity for several lessons. ( )
  jlaurendine | Jan 27, 2015 |
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 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:44:51 -0400)

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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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