Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is my FAVORITE Dr. Seuss book and with all the talk about the “The Lorax” movie, I thought it was a good idea to mention a Dr. Seuss book!
By Theo LeSieg (Dr. Seuss)
Illustrated by Roy McKie
36 pages – ages 3+
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers January 22, 2007 (originally published in 1975)
Theme/Topic – Thinking/making choices
Opening and Synopsis – “Tell me! Would you rather be a dog…or a cat? It’s time for you to think about important things like that.”
Dr. Seuss, writing as Theo LeSieg (Geisel backwords) takes us on a funny trail of “would you rathers” that makes everyone think and laugh! Seriously, did you ever think – Would I rather be a… Bullfrog or Butterfly? , Minnow or Whale?, Hammer or Nail?
Why I liked this book – This book isn’t one of the more popular Dr. Seuss books, in fact a lot of people never heard of it but it is my favorite. I like that the book makes you think about all the things Dr. Seuss asks. Some of the questions can make you think hard – like would you rather be a cactus, a toadstool or a rose? I’d like to be a cactus because they live long and they get birds living in them so I’d have company 🙂 I think the book is a good way to get kids and parents to think and talk. The illustrations in the books are really great too.
Activities and Resources – I think it is a lot of fun for families to ask each other “Would you rather” questions and explain why they chose what they did.
Seussville is an awesome place to visit. There are all kinds of games and activities there. Click HERE to go to it. You can even make your own Who – here’s mine. His name is Sylvester Cornelius Futzenfell.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!