Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

by Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House
Hardcover, 62 pages
Price: $9.99

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Sam-I-am's smiling enthusiasm for the seemingly unappetizingly tinted green eggs and ham is undaunted, despite repeated disdain shown by an unnamed, dour disparager. Sam will not give up, though, and offers the dish over and over, proposing that it be sampled under sometimes whacky circumstances and in odd locales (with a goat, on a boat, in the rain, on a train, in a box, with a fox, etc.). In the end Sam does get the grumpy disparager to take a taste—if only to get Sam off his back. The disparager's demeanor quickly changes to all smiles when he discovers to his surprise that disdained green eggs and ham are, in fact, quite tasty. Sam-I-am, yet another delightfully plucky Seuss protagonist, allows both adults and humans to look—with the objectivity humor so adeptly affords—at our all-too-human tendency towards knee-jerk negativity in response to anything that is new or different.

Fun Fact:

This classic has become so ingrained into our culture that one U.S. District Court judge actually parodied it in a 2007 ruling. You can read the back-story here and the actual wording of his "Seussian" decision here.

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Summary: A stubborn man finally gives way to an even more stubborn salesman and finds that green eggs and ham are tasty.

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  Green Eggs and Ham
Logan Allen of Vancouver, 7/9/2016
Green Eggs and Ham is the best book. It is a little funny and I like it. I learned that if you try new new things it can be good.
  I'm Not Hungry and I Don't Want!
Sincerelyornot of Oregon, 10/24/2011
This is my favorite Dr. Seuss book, for many reasons. Its colorful,cute, funny, and makes a great sing-song-read-aloud. Its been translated into many different languages. Because Jews don't eat ham, the Hebrew copies all have replaced the phrase "green eggs and ham" with "I'm not hungry and I don't want!" Its hysterically funny in any language.
  A Classic!
HappyHomemaker of Oregon, 9/26/2011
Sam-I-Am cannot understand how someone could not like green-eggs and ham... so he sees no reason to stop offering until it is tasted! While I have no proof, I hope that it is encouraging children to try the things they don't know.
This is a fun Dr. Seuss to read aloud, with it's repetitiveness building to a climax. A classic.