March 2, 2010

Dr Seuss

March 2 is the birthday of Dr. Seuss and this week is celebrated in many schools and communites as Seuss Week. An emphasis is placed on the reading of many popular Dr Seuss books, including Green Eggs and Ham.

The character Sam-I-Am tries to encourage an un-named character to try green eggs and ham. The character, however refuses to taste the dish insisting he would not like it. Sam suggests a variety of locations and dining partners with whom to eat green eggs and ham but without success. We find the response coming in typical Dr Seuss Rhythm:

I would not, could not, in a box.
I could not, would not, with a fox.
I will not eat them with a mouse.
I will not eat them in a house.
I will not eat them here or there.
I will not eat them anywhere.
I do not eat green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
The story concludes when the unnamed character, standing in shallow water after a boat sinks, surrounded by various people and beasts, finally gives in and tries the green eggs and ham on the condition that Sam leaves him alone. Upon doing so, he realizes that he does, in fact, like green eggs and ham, and would eat them in all the places and with all the dining partners suggested throughout the book. The story closes with the character thanking Sam-I-am for his persistence.

Celebrate Dr Seuss Day by reading a favorite Dr Seuss book to a child (or yourself).