The book is basically a two person dialogue, so I enjoy using my theatrical skills to recite it. I think, however, that my daughter will soon usurp my role as the reader -- at two years old she already seems to be mastering the tale, jumping in at key moments, interjecting her own vocalization of some of the best scenes, like:
- "Would you like it here or there?"
- "Would you eat them in a box? Would you eat them with a fox?"
- "Say! In the dark? Here in the dark! Would you, could you, in the dark?"
- "I would not, could not, with a goat!"
The tale is a simple one with a minimal number of words, as is the style of Dr. Seuss in many of his children's stories, but the plot is masterfully woven and never grows old. In my opinion, it is better than The Cat in the Hat or How the Grinch Stole Christmas (as great as they are).
Green Eggs and Ham offers a surface-level moral -- eat the food on your plate, give it a try, even if you don't like the way it looks, because you might be surprised at how good it tastes. Yet it also offers a more complex lesson -- don't judge things by their looks alone. It's a bold fable about being open-minded and appreciating the "examined life."
It's great to know that my little girl has such great taste at such a young age!