The Seuss Stories in the BookYour Favorite Seuss includes the following stories that were written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss and originally published as children's picture books or beginning reader books:
- Horton Hears A Who!
- Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book
- If I Ran the Zoo
- Green Eggs and Ham
- The Lorax
- Yertle the Turtle
- The Sneetches
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
- McElligot's Pool
- Happy Birthday to You!
- The Cat in the Hat
- Oh, the Places You'll Go!
- And to think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
With his beginning reader books, Seuss proved that even with a controlled vocabulary of fewer than 250 words, it is possible to create books that beginning readers will love. Both the picture books and the books for beginning readers by Seuss reflect his skill, imagination, sense of humor and wisdom. All of the children's books by Dr. Seuss make terrific read alouds.
The Extras in Your Favorite SeussThis Dr. Seuss collection was compiled by Janet Schulman, editor, and Cathy Goldsmith, art director, both of whom worked at Random House, Seuss's publisher, during the last 11 years of his life. Their affection for Dr. Seuss and his work is evident in the book's design and contents, particularly all of the "extras."
There is a four-page illustrated biography of Dr. Seuss at the beginning of the book. After each story, there are several illustrated pages on Seuss's life and work, including his sculptures of Animals That Never Were and his World War II cartoons. At the end of Your Favorite Seuss, there is a list of the children's books written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss.
My favorite "extra" is the introductory essay before each story. Essayists include a children's book critic, a historian, a bookseller a children's librarian, and the widow of Dr. Seuss, among others. Some of the authors and illustrators represented are Stan and Jan Berenstain, Christopher Paolini, Lane Smith and John Lithgow. Each of the essayists writes from a personal viewpoint as to the impact of Seuss's work in general and the impact of the specific story each is introducing.
For example, producer and composer Christopher Cerf, in writing about Horton Hears A Who!, quotes Seuss's words, "A person's a person no matter how small" and then goes on to say, "The book embodies a principle that defines all of Ted Geisel's work: that children be given all the care and respect that authors usually reserve only for their fellow grown-ups."
Your Favorite Seuss: My RecommendationYour Favorite Seuss: A Baker's Dozen by the One and Only Dr. Seuss has something for small children to adults. The rhythm/rhyme in his writing, his fanciful characters and illustrations, his wisdom and his humor have made Seuss books popular with small children, older kids, teens and adults. A number of the stories in the collection, such as The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have become classics.
At 368-pages, Your Favorite Seuss is too big and heavy to be easily handled by a small child, but it would be an excellent addition to a family's collection of children's stories to read aloud together. There are stories in the collection that will appeal to all ages, including young children. Older children, teens and adults will find the introductory essays and biographical information of interest. I certainly did. (Random House, 2004. ISBN: 9780375810619)