Happy Thursday! We’re taking it back to kindergarten and our ABCs with today’s pick.
Title: Dr. Seuss’s ABCs // Dr. Seuss, published 1963
Memories: Dr. Seuss was a love of mine as a child. I remember my aunt and uncle had a whole bookshelf (or at least a couple shelves) full of Dr. Seuss. This one in particular was always so fun and silly, and I remember loving the pictures.
Thoughts as an adult: I chuckled all the way through this one, with things like painting pick pajamas and three boys washing each other (all their names had many Ws, of course). It was delightful and whimsical and I still love the illustrations. Dr. Seuss tells two stories – one with his words and one with his pictures – and they work so well together, especially in this book. Also the “twist” at the end is fantastic (though is it really a twist? I’ll leave that one up for debate).
Does it hold up? Of course! Well, it doesn’t if you want it to be an engrossing story or have strong positive messages. But it a book full of joy and imagination, and the context of the ABCs certainly appealed to the school lover in me. Though I read silently, to myself, this would be so much fun to read aloud to kids just learning their own ABCs.
Until next time, happy reading!