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Green Eggs and Ham

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  523,441 ratings  ·  8,248 reviews
“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of ...more
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published 1988 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published June 1960)
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Efrona Mor The book is sometimes spoke of as a parable for overcoming irrational prejudice, so hmm wonder what green means... ? Green for envy?

Not sure, but…more
The book is sometimes spoke of as a parable for overcoming irrational prejudice, so hmm wonder what green means... ? Green for envy?

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Mark Lawrence
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who like green eggs and ham, and those who don't.

Well, three. Those who like green eggs and ham. Those who don't. And those who like the green eggs but not the ham. It's just ham, not green ham. We should get that straight. Oh, correction, it's green ham too.

Anyhow four kinds of people. The haters, the likers, the green egg but not green hammers, and the green hammers but not green eggs.

Actually I guess there are the people who would eat them wit
Oct 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Abby
This is a very complex story of two gentlemen from two very different walks of life. Introvert, extrovert... good, evil... Democrat, Republican... you get the idea. It also parallels the generational gap between those set in their ways, and those willing to venture out and explore perhaps a different approach to life. However you dissect it, there is an initial, almost uncomfortable clash between the two main characters in this saga. None the less, you cannot help but continue to turn the pages ...more
Say! I love Green Eggs and Ham.
I do! I love it Seuss-I-am.

So I will read it with Miloš
Or he will read it cause he's precoš.
And I will read it with my Të
And we will read it night and day.
And I will read it to my Scout
And she will love it, I have no doubt.
And I will read it in the rain.
And I will read it on the train.
And I will read it in my socks.
And I will read it with a fox.
And I will read it in the shower.
And I will read it every hour.
And I will read it doing dishes.
And I will read it w
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First let me say I love Dr. Seuss. I just finished reading 'Green Eggs And Ham' with my granddaughter and we really enjoyed it. In short, the book teaches children to try something first before they decide they don't like something. The illustrations are great! I beleve we can all take a lesson from this one.
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4 of 5 stars to Green Eggs and Ham, a picture book written by Dr. Seuss in 1960. Another delightful children's book full of wonderful images and fantastic rhymes. These are amazing books to use as tools that engages young kids in reading at a very early age. The topic in this one... Sam-I-Am and all the places to eat green eggs and ham! On some levels, the things they eat and the places they go are not appropriate for kids, but it's meant as humor and fun... so I let those things
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-story, humor
Nutritive reading indeed!!!


Do you like green eggs and ham?

I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

I do not like green eggs and ham.

One of the most charming tales to help kids to learn how to read.

A brilliant work made only with fifty words, where forty-nine out of those words are monosyllables.

Dr. Seuss, only him.

Genius is an overstatement for a writer as him.

Also, I think that besides helping to learn how to read,...

...this funny story helps to encourage k
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
I do not think that Doctor Seuss
Should be a God, like Thor or Zeus
And if you hate Green Eggs and Ham
My Dear, I could not give a Damn
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Seuss's Orwellian dystopia finds him once again subverting reality in his funhouse world. He's not being subtle about it either. It's wild that there are whole generations who think this is cute:

courtesy of this woman who is undoubtedly super nice

If your ham and eggs are green, they are rancid. Of course they are! That's what green means! They're made of poison now. You're going to get really sick. Tautological nightmare Sam I Am is trying to convince our protagonist - unnamed, like so many
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mikey by: Mandy Sue
Shelves: 1st-grade
Mommy: "What did you think?"

Mikey: "That was easy, Mommy! I read it so fast!! I like that book. I did a good job, right Mommy?"

Mommy: "Yes, baby. A very good job!"

Mikey: "I read that one without any help! I want to read it again."

Mommy: "Yes you did, baby. Okay, now how many stars?"

Mikey: "5 Mommy. It's my favorite!!"

Mommy: "Sure baby, lets log it into Goodreads..."

(Mommy logging it in, while Mikey is reading the book again. =) Perfect for 1st grade confidence. )
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

Okay. I never heard this little story before.
It seems this book . . .

. . . was written on a bet. Bennett Cerf, co-founder of Random House and Seuss’s editor, bet him $50 that he couldn’t write a book using only 50 unique words. Seuss made it work with exactly 50—but Cerf never paid his debt. Seuss probably didn’t notice, as the book went on to become one of the best-selling picture books ever written (with any number of words).
The 50 unique words, in case you
May 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Josh by: i dont remember
An exciting epic story about the battle between good and evil, It really makes you question life the universe and everything.
Jason Koivu
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An epic poem for the ages! Until recently only heard orally as passed down from the mouths of ancient sages (my mom and dad), I just picked up this tome and realized the eggs and the ham were green. SICK! No wonder the poor target of Sam-I-Am's incessant torment didn't want to eat the horrible looking stuff!

I admire an author who can seamlessly incorporate their opinion. However, I must say that is the one failure of Green Eggs and Ham. The negativity is driven home time and again until the read
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had to pick a childhood book for my 2016 Reading Challenge with the Machalo group, so this one wins. Why? I have it memorized. It was required reading for me according to my children so that they would go to sleep at night. Something about the repetitive wording would lull them off to dreamland.

5 Green Eggs and Ham ★'s

“Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say.”

And yet another delightful book from the one and only Dr. Seuss :) It's loaded with wonderful images and fantastic rhymes. That the kids really get into and will love reading or singing along whichever you prefer. Green Eggs and Ham is really funny and silly and it's also a lot of fun. No wonder why it's a classic. The illustrations are big, bold and colorful. I love the message behind it too, it teaches ch
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
‘Dr Seuss’ being the pen name under which Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote (taking his middle name and making full use of his Oxford University PhD in English literature) was the American born grandson of German immigrants to the US.

Beginning his career in the late 1920’s as an illustrator and cartoonist, it wasn’t until nearly 30 years later that Seuss produced his classic series of children’s books that so many of us know and love.

Never having the benefit of the books of Dr Seuss when I was a chil
Oct 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jesse Jackson fans.
Shelves: fiction
Roughly fifteen years ago, when I was just starting out in high school, nothing in the world was more subversive or thought-provoking for me than staying up late on the weekend and watching Saturday Night Live. Around the same time, I think during the final year or two of the Reagan administration (my memory is not so good), the Reverend Jesse Jackson made a cameo appearance on the Weekend Update segment. He read Green Eggs and Ham. No adlibbing, no extra jokes, nothing. He just read the book, c ...more
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I think Seuss is a genius at two distinct genres of children's lit -- the message book and the early reader. This is the book in which I feel that he best balances the two. From the message side, Sam teaches us about persistence while his unnamed, skeptical pal learns that one need not cling desperately to an old idea because ideas (like tastes in oddly colored foodstuffs) can change. But it's also a great example of what a child's reader should be. It has an engaging plot, but effectively uses ...more
[Shai] Bibliophage
I have to read this twice before I was able to grasp the moral lessons that this children's story book wants to impart to readers. I'm very much aware that target audience for these story books of Dr. Seuss are kids. I can't stop myself on reading them because the colorful illustrations and story are not only enticing, but because all of his books has a hidden moral lesson in them which adult readers could really appreciate.
May 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mini-me
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Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books like this make me wanna have children.
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
I never appreciated Green Eggs and Ham when I was a kid. I mean, it was ok, and it was Dr. Seuss, but it is a book about green eggs and ham.

When my niece and nephew were born, however, all that changed. I should say, when my very strong-willed, don't-take-no-for-an-answer, nag-the-grown-ups-until-they-break-down-sobbing niece and nephew were born, Green Eggs and Ham read like a completely different book to me. That Sam-I-Am drives this poor... whatever-he-is to complete distraction! I feel for
Nov 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016-reads

I understand the moral of the story. I also understand this is a children's book. Doesn't make it less stupid. Good god it was short!
Nadin Adel
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the idea that you should never judge a book from its cover.
Dr. Seuss way of writing stories in such rhythmic manner to teach kids - and even adults - lessons is really magnificent!

You may watch an illustration through here:
Apr 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody named Sam....... or Kevin.
On the surface, this seams to be a simple tale of learning to like things you never tried. but if you dig deeper, you find a much more sinister manifesto filled with mind control and evil world domination. Yes, I may be treading on thin ice but many have overlooked the subtext and true purpose of this microtome.

Be cautious if you plan on reading this book. not many can remain the same once they have peered into a bucket of pure truth.
Jun 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, poetry
I was very open to trying new foods as a kid, but Sam I Am actually makes me want to refuse them just because he's such a pushy jerk.
Tassa DeSalada
I’ve read this book probably thousands of times and it’s still a favorite of mine. I can recite it by heart, and my children can do the same.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun. Loved all the different rhymes, they were cleverly written with how simple and catchy they were, the illustrations were great as well and perfectly depicted the absurdity of Sam-I-Am and No-name's back and forth about the green eggs and ham. Wish I'd read it as a child though, would have absolutely adored it then.
Aug 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
3.0 stars. One of those books that everyone read and loved as a child and I was no exception. What was truly special was reading this book to my five year old daughter and re-living the magic through her eyes.
Barry Cunningham
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite children's books, so good I have my own copy. I read this to my children and Grandson, over and over, sometimes night after night as bed time reading. Marvellous messages make miraculous moments - there you see, I'm nowhere near as good!!
I was confused at first to why use an unusual color for eggs and ham. The story clearly had a deeper meaning to it but I didn’t really grasp it. It didn’t matter though since I found the rhymes catchy and I couldn’t stop reciting them in my mind as I read the lines.
Jose Monarrez
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say.”

No hay mucho que decir... solo que estoy descubriendo que Dr. Seuss es el autor que debí empezar a leer cuando quise empezar a aprender inglés... es fácil y entretenido, imaginativo y didáctico, pero todo esto de una forma rara.

“I will not eat them in a house, i will not eat them with a mouse,i will not eat them in a box i will not eat them with a fox, i will not eat them here of there i will not eat them anywhere, I do not like gree
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I can't tell if Green Eggs and Ham is a cautionary tale about advertising and aggressive sales professionals, or if it's about keeping an open mind about food (which would then be an easy synecdoche for any other culture). Both interpretations have merit and it would be easy to find supporting arguments for either. It is tempting to speculate that "clearly" Dr. Seuss meant for the book to be read in the latter context — but ol' Theodore was a crafty fellow and I certainly wouldn't put it past hi ...more
Jonathan Terrington
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood-book

I think I see where Dr. Seuss was headed with his books. Clearly he was a man of great culture. I mean think about it. He was into green eggs and ham*; he had a wocket in his pocket (most fashionable)**; he may have travelled a little but as is clearly even more fashionable he encouraged others to travel to imaginary lands***; he described in meticulous detail how an acquaintance of his stole Christmas****; he wrote of another acquaintance's attempt at unauthorised child minding*****; he wrote a
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
'Green Eggs and Ham' by Dr. Seuss is a delectable tongue twister of a story. The simple lexis is constantly repeated and turned on its' head to make for a fast paced, action packed rhythmic tale. The simple premise for the story is 'Sam I Am' trying to persuade or force his very unwilling friend to try green eggs and ham. Through this process the pair travel to different places and meet interesting characters. By the end of the story 'Sam I Am' manages to make his friend try the green eggs and h ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I think this book and Seuss's Cat in the Hat are his two most famous books, and I'm pretty sure this is one (maybe the only one) I did read as a kid.

For the adult reader (reading aloud to kids, no doubt), it's a repetitive, long, and obvious book: Sam offers some green eggs and ham to his grumpy older friend (who remains nameless), and this friend gets angrier and angrier the more Sam tries to convince him to try them (and you can't blame the angry one: green eggs and ham? Sounds utterly disgust
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-cass
The best book of rhyming ever! Pretty sure Dr Seuss invented rhyming. The illustrations are like an acid trip, so always a good book to read to your kids. I've read this many times and it's my favourite kids book.

EDIT: just read this two more times to my daughter. I've read quite a few Dr Seuss books lately and this is still easily my favourite. During this reading I realised how much my daughter is like the green eggs and ham hater in the book, getting her to try stuff is really difficult. Next
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Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! xD <3
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
You have to live in a box not to know who Dr. Seuss is. Out of all of his books, this one has always been one of my favorites. On the top of my list, because of the pictures, and the lesson involved, it teaches a child to try something before automatically deciding whether or not he likes it. It also has trains in it, which I completely forgot, and which was a big win with my twin 3 yr olds. I also, love reading Dr. Seuss books, the flow of the rhymes just so much fun to say. Wonderful book.
Scarlet Cameo
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Acepto que este es mi libro favorito de Dr. Seuss, hizo que preparara huevos verdes sólo para poder recitarlo mientras los comía. Me encanta el uso del lenguaje de Seuss y el esfuerzo en la traducción porque no quita el ritmo y la gracia de este cortísimo cuento.

Recomendado para todos los niños porque el cuento es gracioso y las imágenes hermosas.


Este libro es aún más gracioso en inglés.
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Green and Purple Scene

Mum! Green eggs and ham!
I wish you'd make them, not just
Purple eggs and spam.

Could Not, Would Not

I could not, would not
Eat green eggs and ham alone
Anywhere but home.

Green Eggs and Lox

It would pay to ask
Can you swap the ham for lox?
At Barney Greengrass.
Michael Finocchiaro
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, american-20th-c
Oh that Sam I am always slogging those green eggs and ham around. And the way he insists! I suppose that after a train wreck into a boat with goats and foxes and lots of other onlookers – plus Sam on my ass, I’d probably try ’em too. But not sure I’d like ’em. Even in a box…
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

I remember when my elementary school served green eggs and ham as homage to this book. I was utterly disgusted. I did not eat green eggs and ham, I did not eat them, Sam-I-Am.

I have always much loved Green Eggs and Ham. Both Dr. Seuss' poetic, rhythmic text and his accompanying illustrations are entertaining and enchanting (a sweet delight, with movement, joy and exuberant silliness), and yet, the presented underlying message also shows a basic and important, necessary truth (to not simply and categorically insist that one does not enjoy a certain food, but to actually try it first, that one needs to at least taste a food before making a decision as to whether one li ...more

“Green Eggs and Ham” is another brilliant classic from the creative mind of Dr. Seuss and it is about how Sam-I-Am tries to convince a furry guy in a black top hat to try out green eggs and ham. “Green Eggs and Ham” is an excellent book for children of all ages, but the repeating verses can be a bit painful to read over and over again if you are not used to reading the same verses over and over again.

Dr. Seuss’ illustrations are colorful and hilarious as they show images of Sam-I-Am and the tall
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books, classics
I read somewhere that Green Eggs and Ham was written on a dare. Dr. Seuss was dared to write a story using 50 different words or less. Those 50 words have become one of the greatest books in our families library.

When I was young, this was THE book I would bring home from school. Every Wed. for 2 months, I would check our Green Eggs and Ham. My mom called the school and asked them not to let me check it out anymore. Now, many years later, I still will pick it up and read it. (even at the library!
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
“I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.” 344 likes
“Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say.” 252 likes
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