Green Eggs and Ham

from Random House


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Overall Editor's Rating

What It Is

This is the favorite of editor Chris Adams and editor-in-chief Jim Silver. The story of Sam I Am on his journey to foist green eggs and ham on someone who doesn't like them tickles the funny bone and just gets sillier and sillier. In addition to the fun, the classic lesson is: don't reject something till you've tried it. You never know, you might like green eggs and ham!

Adams says: "I can now look back and analyze why it could have been my favorite book as a kid, but back then there was just something about it that tickled my funny bone, while drawing me into the story. What a simple, using only 50 different words, yet complex in the way that the story's plot builds upon itself. The book teaches stories can unfold slowly and build up like a snowball rolling down a hill. It also is a great example of meaning and enjoyment derived from how words sound when strung together in certain ways, much like the lyrics of a great songwriter. And, most of all, the book shows that you do not need to put joking aside to make a great point."