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KS2 Reading books: The Cat in the Hat: Green Back Book by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss, renowned American children’s writer

Theodor Seuss Geisel, who is well-known to the millions of his fans as the beloved Dr. Seuss, is a renowned American children’s writer. He is also famous as a cartoonist and poet. The children’s books written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss have given him a legendary status, and children of all ages love him immensely for his amazing stories.

The illustrious and colourful characters created by Dr. Seuss include ‘The Cat in the Hat’, ‘Horton’ the elephant, ‘The Grinch’, ‘Fox in Socks’, ‘Sam-I-am’, etc. He has written 56 books for children, and all of them are warmly accepted by them.

The Cat in the Hat’s book

In The Cat in the Hat book, we can see that the Cat likes to wear a beautiful red bow tie and also a red- and white-striped hat. One rainy day, when Sally’s mother and brother are away, the Cat visits their house. He ignores persistent protests from the children’s pet fish, and shows the children some tricks with a view to entertaining them.

After all, children do get much enjoyment with games like knocking pictures off the wall, flying kites in the house, and so on. Eventually, the entire house gets wrecked, making the children absolutely frightened, until the Cat brings a machine to clean everything up. After cleaning the house and making it tidy, the Cat leaves, just before the children’s mother arrives.

Your children will assuredly enjoy the The cat in the Hat‘s story lines and they will be absolutely fascinated by its beautiful illustrations. You will find this book to be an ideal one to share with your children as a bedtime story. This is exactly how a reader who shared this book with children rightly commented:

“This book makes you cringe, laugh and want to cry! The mangy Cat in the Hat decides to brighten up two bored children’s day – with disastrous consequences. The hilarious rhyming escapades roll off the tongue so easily when reading to a child that they soon pick up the next lines themselves. I have been reading this to kids for years and I still love it as much as they do. Once you have entered the crazy world of Dr Seuss and his nattily accessorized feline, you won’t want to leave. Hilarious fun for big kids and little ones!!”


Famous Dr. Seuss’s ‘Green Back Books’ series

This book belongs to the ‘Green Back Books’ series of Dr. Seuss, which are absolutely ideal for those children who have just started to read on their own. Therefore, if your child, who is in KS1 or KS2, is struggling in English and reading, they will most probably find “The Cat in the Hat” to be very useful in this context. As mentioned in the back cover of these books, “By combining the funniest stories, craziest creatures and zaniest pictures with his unique blend of rhyme, rhythm and repetition, Dr. Seuss helps children of all ages and abilities learn to read.” These easy-to-read books will thus definitely boost your child’s  self-confidence.



Among other famous books of Dr. Seuss in this ‘Green Back Books’ series, those that are definitely worth mentioning here include ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and ‘Fox in Socks’. You will find them in any good book stores, near your house but they are also available at amazon at a very affordable price. The first one, ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ is one of the best-selling children’s books of all times. In this book, the central character, Sam-I-Am, tries wholeheartedly to convince someone else to have a plate of green eggs with ham. In the end,  Sam-I-Am becomes successful in his effort and another character eventually also starts loving this food.

In the book ‘Fox in Socks’, Dr. Seuss has beautifully portrayed the characters of the Fox in socks, and also Mr. Knox, one of Fox’s closest friends. At the beginning, Fox starts to teach Mr. Knox some of the quickest and slickest tongue-twisters in the town. Initially, Mr. Knox becomes baffled and finds it very hard to keep pace with the Fox. Eventually, he succeeds. This book can be fully enjoyed when read aloud because of its amazing rhythmic texts. on top of that, it teaches young readers to read slowly and to learn to follow a particular pattern.


Dr. Seuss’s Yellow Back Books’ series

Another series of books by Dr. Seuss is termed as ‘Yellow Back Books’. All of the books of this series are particularly suitable for children who can already read fluently; they will be perfect for most 9-11 year old children at KS2 level. One of the famous books that is included in this series is ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’. With this fantastic book, Dr. Seuss tries to remind us that we can be the things that we want to be if we use our willpower properly and give sincere effort.

What I find interesting in Dr. Seuss’s books is the fact that there is always a lesson to be learned by both children and adults. One of his powerful and inspirational quotes that I will retain is:

“You 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…”

– DR. Seuss, Oh the places You’ll Go!

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1 comment
Anonymous says March 16, 2014

wonderful stuff. good !!!

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