Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Dr. Seuss I Can Read Books

I know these books are classics but I have a bone to pick with them. So many of them are what I would consider flawed as books for beginning readers. For instance, in I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words, there is one page in the whole book that splits the lower half of the page into two columns of text to be read from left to right and from top to bottom.  As an adult reader I was confused and tried to read across the two columns from left to right. Why would you put that in a book for beginners? Second, I noticed in Dr. Seuss’ ABC’s on the page about the letter M, and I don’t have the book in front of me but it goes something like many something mice making music in the moonlight, mighty nice. Now why, would you juxtapose the word nice with mice on a page specifically about the letter M where it also rhymes? Sar, is there a legit reason for doing that or is it just shoddy workmanship?

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