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Green Eggs And Ham By Dr Seuss

Updated on May 7, 2013

Green Eggs And Ham; Will You Try Them Here Or There?

Green Eggs and Ham is one of Dr Seuss's most enjoyable and amusing books, with a clear message to unadventurous children and adults alike.

This is the tale of two protagonists; one offering the experience of a meal of Green Eggs and Ham and another who is set in his ways and reluctant to try the new food. Green Eggs and Ham are solicited in a variety of ways until eventually the meal is consumed.

With wonderfully strange situations in which to try the bizarre meal of Green Eggs and Ham, superb rhyming text and the surreal illustrations that are a trademark of Dr Seuss, this is a brilliant book that remains one of my favorites over 30 years after first having it read to me by my parents.

In this lens I will introduce you to the story, the main characters and themes as well as providing some video clips of Green Eggs and Ham and some related products.

Green Eggs and Ham is available in nine different languages - Green Eggs and Ham In 9 Languages.

Green Eggs And Ham - Get Your Own Copy Of The Story Here

Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham

Read it, read it here or there. Read it, read it anywhere. The only way to fully appreciate the humor, the wonderful illustrations, the rhyming text and moral of the story is to get your own copy of Dr Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham" so that you can read it again and again with a fox or in a box!

Sam-I-Am Poster Prints Available on
Sam-I-Am Poster Prints Available on

Meet Sam-I-Am - The Pusher Of Green Eggs And Ham

Sam-I-Am is the persistent profferer of the plate of Green Eggs and Ham, constantly endeavoring to tempt the Nameless Sceptic into trying this unusual treat.

Sam-I-am has often been compared to a telemarketer and the lengths to which he stretches do indeed lend some strength to this allegory. By constantly changing his marketing strategy from the original "try them here or there" to increasingly bizarre situations, including "try them, try them in a tree, try them, try them and you will see", Sam-I-am eventually wears down his "victim" who does indeed try Green Eggs and Ham in the final pages.

Sam-I-Am is truly one of Dr Seuss's most memorable and influential characters.

Adopt Sam-I-Am - Get Your Own Sam-I-Am Plush Toy

Kohl's Dr. Seuss Sam I Am 18" Plush Doll
Kohl's Dr. Seuss Sam I Am 18" Plush Doll

Encourage your children to eat their least favourite foods with this Sam-I-Am soft toy; take him to bed even, but leave the Green Eggs and Ham for the morning!

Try them here or try them there, with this Sam-I-Am you can try green eggs and ham anywhere.

Green Eggs and Ham Poster Prints Available on
Green Eggs and Ham Poster Prints Available on

The Nameless Sceptic - Eventually He Tries Green Eggs & Ham

At the beginning of this book, the Nameless Sceptic is quietly relaxing, minding his own business when he is suddenly interrupted by Sam-I-am racing past with his legendary plate of food. For the remainder of the book the Sceptic is transported from boxes, to houses, to cars, to trains in an attempt to find a situation in which he is prepared to try Green Eggs and Ham.

This character doggedly refuses to try them saying, "I do not like Green Eggs and Ham, I do not like them Sam-I-am". However, such is the persistence of Sam-I-am that the sceptic eventually agrees to try them if Sam will leave him in peace.

If you try something, you may see, just like the Nameless Sceptic, that you will enjoy something new.

Sam-I-Am OR Nameless Sceptic- Would You Try Them?

Read Green Eggs and Ham in 8 Languages
Read Green Eggs and Ham in 8 Languages

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Dr Seuss Poster Print Available on

In a Box? With A Fox? - The Silly Situations In Which To Try Green Eggs And Ham

A lot of the fun of Dr Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham is derived from the silly situations that Sam-I-Am thinks up in which to try the magnificent meal. Whilst these situations start off fairly mundane with "here" or "there" they quickly slip into the surreal with the temptation to try the food in a box or with a fox, in a house or with a mouse.

However, as a child I really loved it when Sam-I-Am whisks the Sceptic away in a car and quickly rushes him into a variety of daft situations in which to eat Green Eggs and Ham with a goat popping its head out of a special compartment in the car and crashing into a moving train.

These silly situations are definitely an important reason for the success of this book and make the delivery of its message fun for children.

Green Eggs and Ham Poster Prints Available on
Green Eggs and Ham Poster Prints Available on

The Illustrations - Dr Seuss's Fantastically Surreal Cartoons

Whilst Dr Seuss's rhyming text makes for a wonderful story and describes quite bizarre situations, the contribution the illustrations make to this book cannot be overemphasized.

With Dr Seuss's odd cat-like figures painted in an array of eye-catching and surreal colors, the artwork in Green Eggs and Ham makes purchasing this book worthwhile even without the memorable story that goes with them. In fact for those who are the biggest fans of Green Eggs and Ham could buy several copies of the book and take them apart in order to frame every illustration.

One of the things I like most about the illustrations in this book are the funny expressions on the faces of the "people" and animals that get involved in the tale. I particularly like the expectant looks they all have when they are waiting for the Sceptic to finally try the green eggs and ham.

Green Eggs and Ham is truly one of the best children's books available, in my opinion, and I was delighted to find that there is a whole load of Green Eggs and Ham stuff for sale on and eBay.

Green Eggs and Ham book review
Green Eggs and Ham book review

Read My Book Review Of Dr Seuss's Green Eggs And Ham

For readers who would like to know more about Dr Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham" I have written a short review of the book here: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss. There are many other book reviews on there too, please check out the link if you are a book lover.

Green Eggs and Ham is a book I have loved since I was a child and I hope that many more generations of kids will enjoy it.

Green Eggs And Ham Book & CD - Read the book and listen!


With this copy of Green Eggs and Ham in book form and with an audio CD readers can enjoy their favourite Dr Seuss tale being read to them and young learners can read along: this copy of Green Eggs and Ham comes in paperback form.

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green eggs and ham

Dr Seuss's Green Eggs And Ham Uses Only Fifty Words

Green Eggs and Ham was written by Dr Seuss using only fifty words after his publisher had made a bet with him that he could not write a book using only this small number of words. It would seem that Dr Seuss won $50 for succeeding in this task. Surely green, ham, and, eggs are the most frequently used?

Here are the fifty words that are used:

a     am     and     anywhere     are     be     boat     box     car     could     dark     do

eat     eggs     fox     goat     good     green     ham     here     house     I     if     in     let

like     may     me     mouse     not     on     or     rain     Sam     say     see     so     thank

that     the     them     there     they     train     tree     try     will     with     would     you

Teaching with Green Eggs and Ham
Teaching with Green Eggs and Ham

Using Green Eggs And Ham As An Effective Teaching Tool

An excellent teaching aid

Because of its limited vocabulary, amusing story, funny illustrations and repetitive style, Green Eggs and Ham is a perfect teaching tool, particularly for those teaching children through ESL methods.

Grammarman has created an ESL teaching resource pack with 2 lesson plans for teachers wishing to use this excellent book in the classroom in order to teach English as a Second (or Foreign) Language. The resource pack can be downloaded from Grammarman's website: Green Eggs and Ham Teaching Resource Pack.

The resource pack consists of 2 detailed lesson plans and a series of picture/word cards as well as a wordsearch (pictured right) and a board game.

If you are tackling philosophical discussion with your children try using this: Teaching Children Philosophy - Green Eggs and Ham.

Green Eggs and Ham is a wonderful story to use in the classroom, I have used it to great success in the past and any teacher doing so is bound to be rewarded with an enthusiastic group of kids.

Green Eggs And Ham Cartoon - The Green Eggs and Ham Story

If you enjoy this clip please take a look at Green Eggs And Ham Video Clips where there are lots more amusing clips based on Green Eggs and Ham.

Green Eggs and Ham CD Rom on
Green Eggs and Ham CD Rom on

Green Eggs And Ham On CD-ROM - Interactive Green Eggs & Ham

Dr. Seuss Green Eggs And Ham
Amazon Price: $ 6.43

Instill a love of reading in an entirely new way with this exciting adaptation of Green Eggs and Ham. It takes the original number one selling Dr. Seuss book one step further. Meticulously animated from hundreds of sketches, it's filled with 19 interactive pages of delightful scenes, surprises, and activities. Your child directs the action with just a click of the mouse.

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Green Eggs And Ham By Dr Seuss For Mobile Devices

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

You can now read Green Eggs and Ham here and there, in fact you can read it anywhere with this instantly downloadable App for mobile devices that use Android software. This great story is brought to modern technology and can be enjoyed in a new way.


Green Eggs And Ham Activities At SeussvIlle

Green Eggs and Ham Coloring PageColor the scene where Sam-I-Am and the Nameless Sceptic enter a tunnel whilst standing on top of a train.Green Eggs and Ham RecipesThree variations of delicious Green Eggs and Ham.Green Eggs and Ham RecipesThree variantions of delicious Green Eggs and Ham.Green Eggs and Ham Tic Tac ToePlay Tic Tac Toe Sam-I-Am style.Pin The Eggs On The PlateA Green Eggs and Ham Game for kids.Color-your-own Green Eggs and Ham placemat.Green Eggs and Ham coloring activity.

Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook - Seuss-style Food

Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Dr. Seuss

This cookbook with its collection of crazy recipes provides parents with a great opportunity to read and cook with their children. Kids will love the off-the-wall recipes contained within this cookbook along with excerpts from the Dr Seuss books that inspired the meals.


To cook your own Green Eggs and Ham check out this lens: Green Eggs and Ham Recipe.

Sam I Am - Illustration Art - Dr. Seuss - Lithographs
Sam I Am - Illustration Art - Dr. Seuss - Lithographs

One Of My Favorite Quotes From Green Eggs And Ham

"Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say."

Sam-I-Am Says Game - An Online Green Eggs & Ham Game

Sam-I-Am Game
Sam-I-Am Game

At there is a nice little game for kids where players have to choose the correct response to Sam-I-am's efforts to tempt the sceptic into eating his food: Sam-I-Am game.

Sam-I-Am Pajamas For Boys

Dr. Seuss Young Boys Green Eggs & Ham Coat-Style Pajamas Size 5
Dr. Seuss Young Boys Green Eggs & Ham Coat-Style Pajamas Size 5

Woohoo! Sam-I-Am pajamas for boys! I just wish these had been around when I was a lad. These button-up pajamas feature a pattern with Sam-I-Am with his plate of Green Eggs and Ham recurring within it, on a grey background. Just wonderful for little lads who love this Dr Seuss story.

Take a look at more Dr Seuss pajamas here - Dr Seuss Pajamas.


Would You? Could You? Try Green Eggs & Ham?

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Green Eggs and Ham

Would you eat Green Eggs and Ham?

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Green Eggs And Ham Tee Shirt - Sam-I-Am

Junk Food Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Juniors Babydoll Sage Green T-shirt Tee
Junk Food Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Juniors Babydoll Sage Green T-shirt Tee

This wonderful illustration from Dr Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham makes for an excellent t-shirt design; you can show off this fashion item here and there, in the rain and on a train and everyone will know your reading tastes.

More Green Eggs and Ham clothes can be seen here: Green Eggs and Ham Clothing.


Take A Look At Some More Green Eggs And Ham Lenses

Green Eggs And Ham In Nine Languages
Green Eggs and Ham is a children's book that has a multi-cultural appeal, something which is reflected in the fact that it is currently available in nine different languages.

Green Eggs And Ham Video Clips
Green Eggs and Ham is Dr Seuss's classic story of a Nameless Sceptic who is harassed into eating the dubious delicacy by the very persistent Sam-I-Am. Here are a selection of video clips inspired by this classic book.

Green Eggs And Ham Recipe
This Green Eggs and Ham recipe is designed to allow children and parents to cook Dr Seuss's famous food together for a fun time in the kitchen.

Green Eggs And Ham Links - Some More Fun Green Eggs & Ham Webpages

Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham PicturesA collection of fantastic Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham art available as high quality poster prints.Green Eggs and Ham PajamasTwo pairs of delightful Green Eggs and Ham coat-style pajamas for young fans of this wonderful Dr Seuss book.Green Eggs and Ham BoutiqueA selection of the various Green Eggs and Ham clothing that is avilable for sale online.Green Eggs and HamThe highly informative Wikipedia entry for this great Dr Seuss book.How To Enjoy Green Eggs And HamSuggestions on how to have fun with Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham story.ABC TeachA collection of Green Eggs and Ham themed teaching resources.Green Eggs and Ham BooksAll the different books based on Dr Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham.Occulted Dr SeussA bizarre Qabalistic interpretation of Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham.Green Eggs and Ham CD ROMA quick review of the Green Eggs and Ham interactive CD ROM.

More Green Eggs And Ham Stuff

Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Puzzle
Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Puzzle

Have fun with your toddlers making this large piece floor puzzle of Green Eggs and Ham.

Dr. Seuss Green Eggs & Ham Kids Small Recycled Tote Book Bag
Dr. Seuss Green Eggs & Ham Kids Small Recycled Tote Book Bag

A Reusable Green Eggs and Ham shopping bag! And here are some more Dr Seuss bags.


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Dr Seuss Lensography
Dr Seuss Lensography

Dr Seuss Lens Collection - All My Seuss Lenses

This collection features all the Dr Seuss book lenses and product pages that my enthusiasm for Dr Seuss's creations has driven me to create: Dr Seuss Lensography.

I cannot remember when I had my first Dr Seuss book read to me by my parents as I was too young, but I can remember enjoying Green Eggs and Ham, The Sneetches, Hop On Pop and Horton Hatches The Egg over and over again as a young reader. As well as being great fun and having an amazing visual impact Dr Seuss stories have a message behind them; these things have all gone towards making the popularity of Dr Seuss's world such that there are still vibrant sales of his books and a huge range of products carrying his characters.

Let us know what you think of Green Eggs and Ham and this lens about the well-loved Dr Seuss book.

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      I love: Sam I am. Sam really understand the philosophy of Green Eggs and Ham

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Seuss is the best. One of my favorite quotes is âYou have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...â From Oh The Places You'll Go!

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      bigpoppa3ross 4 years ago

      I hate to admit it, but not only have I not read Green Eggs and Ham, but I've not read any Dr. Seuss books. Yes I'm a bit behind everyone here but thanks to you, and my grandchildren, I'll be reading his books. Starting of course with Green Eggs and Ham! Thanks for your lens.

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      I absolutely love this lens! How fun! Dr. Seuss is hugely popular in our house with 5 kids. I used to be able to recite Green Eggs and Ham by memory because my oldest son requested it so much when he was little! :) Your rhyming polls are so creative...and I think I need to have that green t-shirt! Kudos...well done...blessed!

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      Matthew 4 years ago from Silicon Valley

      I am a huge fan of Dr. Seuss books. I think they can be as helpful to adults as they are to children. Personally I give "Oh The Places You Will Go" as a gift to virtually every graduation I go to. Great job and blessed!

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      motobidia 4 years ago

      A truly great book - my 2-year-old loves it and can recite it! Great lens, too!

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      Trina Sonenberg 4 years ago from Nucla, Colorado

      I love the Doctor! This is a great lens and I have blessed it. One of my favorite parts of being a mom is that I got to read and re-read all of his books to my kids. Thank you for this lens.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Though not my favorite it is in the top 5. The fact that Dr Seuss could take 50 words and publish a book that is still so popular. This says a lot about being given a challenge and running with it.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Delightful ... I loved your polls. This is one of my favorite books of all time. How can you read it and not smile?

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      babyandme 5 years ago

      I love this book! Thank you for sharing this lovely lens, I thoroughly enjoyed it! :)

      Have a wonderful day/night, and may God bless you!

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      David Gardner 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      One of the first books I had when I was a kid. Fun book. But I liked all of the Dr. Seuss. Congratulations on a Squidoo masterpiece!

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      This was my son's favorite when he was small. We actually had a green eggs and ham breakfast at school when he was in grade school one year for Dr. Suess week. They weren't half bad! Thanks for bringing back a great memory!

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      Mahadihbk 5 years ago

      Cool Lens

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Not read this book yet, but I do enjoy Dr. Seuss creativity.

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      jwcooney 5 years ago

      Great lens, it brings back many good memories for me! I always liked to read Dr. Seuss stories when I was young.

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I had no idea there were only 50 words in the whole story. Great lens!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I always felt the Sam should stop harrassing the poor guy, but I like the rhymes.

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      Love the book, and love this page! You've done a wonderful job, and I thank you!

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      YCHCap14 5 years ago

      This is a great lens. It brings back many great memories.

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      This is a great book!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We used to add a little sour cream to our scrambled eggs before putting them out on the buffet to prevent them from going green. I always set up the eggs by the country ham and I always met a few people who got the joke.

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      This is just soooo much fun! Love the video!

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I like Green Eggs & Ham. The book, not so sure about the green eggs.

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      livinglargeandh 5 years ago

      Actually in your poll I think the best Dr. Suess book is "Oh the Places You Will Go." I give it to all high school and college grads and have a copy that I read at least once a year. Truly a profound book in a very simple way.

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      GregCunningham 5 years ago

      What a nice way/lens to remember Dr. Seuss.

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Dr Seuss ROCKS!!! I read these to my kids when they were younger. I had just as much fun at story time as they did. Thank you for this great lens! =)

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      OUTFOXprevention1 5 years ago

      Great to read on St. Patrick's Day!

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      Cute idea for a lense..I'm sure you had fun with this:)

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      What a great lens - my favorite Dr. Seuss books were Go Dog, Go and the Cat in the Hat Comes Back. But I like Green Eggs and Ham too. You have so many resources here. Can't wait to use them when some kids come to visit.

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      RCGraphicsDesign 5 years ago

      Thank you and thank you again. My grandkids loved it.

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      MrsPotts 5 years ago

      One of my favorites to read to my children when they were young!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was my favourite book as a child, thanks for the memories!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      Jessie Jackson's reading of this book was a classic. Great lens! Stop 2 on my green lens like-a-thon :)

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      Lisa Morris 5 years ago

      We love Green Eggs and Ham. Wonderful lens.

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      candleandblue 5 years ago

      I loved reading them when my daughter was tiny.

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      i remember having a number of Dr Seuss books including Green Eggs and Ham. I have also heard it said this is the greatest sales manual for teaching how to salesmen how to sell. Thanks

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      nadiazr 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! keep up the good work.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love Dr Seuss - Fox in Socks was my all time favourite.

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      queenofduvetcover 6 years ago

      My favorite Dr. Seuss book of all time!! Thank you for this wonderful lens! =)

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      anansigirls lm 6 years ago

      This is my daughter's all time favourite and there were times (months in fact) when she wouldn't want to read anything else. Great lens!

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      jodijoyous 7 years ago from New York

      I DO like them Sam I am, I do so like green eggs and ham.

      (My local greenmarket has naturally green eggs occasionally - honest).

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 7 years ago

      Classic. Very cool lens.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      Absolutely! Great book. I never realised that it only used 50 words. Very clever.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 7 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      I LOVE this book - I read it when I was a child and I used it to help young readers when I worked in a school. An absolute timeless classic! Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      You gave away the ending. lol

      Great lens on this classic book. I loved this book as a child. I never knew you could have a sam I am toy. How cool! Blessing this lens!

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      Michelle Collins 7 years ago from Florida

      I LOVE Dr.Seuss! He was an absolute GENIUS!! Great lens!

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      Such lovely language to describe a wonderful book. You have a great way with words!

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      Joan Hall 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      I loved this book as a kid, just because of the rhyme scheme and the funny settings. Now, as a parent who knows how it is when a child doesn't want to try a new food, I love it even more.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I like the images, it reminds me of Grinch. :)

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      This one and Fox in Socks are my all time fav Seuss books!

      I've quoted so many times to my picky eater daughter, "Try it, try it!"

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      Mortira 9 years ago

      Great lens! Who doesn't love green eggs and ham?

      5 stars and a lensroll!

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      blue22d 9 years ago

      How fun! I love Seuss and have several books, including Green Eggs and Ham. Thanks for doing this one. Five stars to ya.

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      dual-shock-3 9 years ago

      Thanks for nice information.

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      chooch 10 years ago

      I too remember this book as a child and made sure to get the Dr Seuss series for our boys. Nice lens and great reminder of a fine author!