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He is Sam
He is Sam-I-Am

That Sam-I-Am
That Sam-I-Am
We do so LOVE
that Sam-I-Am

Do you like
Green Eggs And Ham?

I do so love them,
Sam-I-Am.
I do so love
Green Eggs And Ham!

Would you read it
Here or there?

I had to read it
here or there.
I had to read it
anywhere.
My son even loved
Green Eggs And Ham
We do so LOVE them
Sam-I-Am.

Would you read it
in a house?
Would you read it
to a mouse?

We’d love to read it
in a house.
We’d love to read it
to a mouse.
We loved to read it
here or there.
We’d love to read it
anywhere.
We so LOVE Green Eggs And Ham.
We so love them, Sam-I-Am.

Would you read it
in a box?
Would you read it
to a fox?

Yes in a box.
Yes to a fox.
Yes in a house.
Yes to a mouse.
We would read them here or there.
We would read them anywhere.
We would read Green Eggs And Ham.
We so LOVE them, Sam-I-Am.

Would you? Could you?
in a car?
Read it! Read it!
Here it is!

We would so,
could so,
in a car.

You may like them.
You will see.
You may like it in a tree?

In a tree?
We would so, could so in a tree!
Even in a car! You silly bee!
We would read it in a box.
We would read it to a fox.
We would read it in a house.
We would read it to a mouse.
We would read it here or there.
We would read it anywhere.
We so LOVE them, Sam-I-Am.

A train! A train!
Could  you, would you
on a train?

Definitely on a train! And in a tree!
In a car! Sam! You silly bee!
We definitely could read it in a box.
We definitely could read it to a fox.
We will read it to a mouse.
We will read it in a house.
We will read it here or there.
We will read it anywhere!
We so LOVE it, Sam-I-Am.

Say!
In the dark?
Here in the dark!
Would you, could you in the dark?

Hmmmm, maybe we could
in the dark.

Would you, could you,
in the rain?

We would so, could so in the rain.
In the dark. On a train.
In a car. In a tree.
We so love them, Sam, you see.
In a house. In a box.
To a mouse and to a fox.
We will read them here or there.
We will read them anywhere!

Do you like
Green Eggs And Ham?

Of course
we like them,
Sam-I-Am!

Could you, would you
to a goat?

We so would,
so could,
to a goat!

Would you, could you
on a boat?

We can so, can so, on a boat!
We will so, will so, to a goat.
We will read it in the rain.
We will read it on a train.
In the dark and in a tree!
In a car! You silly bee!
We will read it in a box.
We will read it to a fox.
We will read it in a house.
We will read it to a mouse.
We will read it here or there.
We will read it ANYWHERE!
We so love
Green Eggs
And Ham!
We love them so
Sam-I-am

You do so love them
So you say.
Try it! Try it!
And you may
try it and you may I say!

Sam!
If you will let me be
We will read it.
You will see.

And so we read it.
Again and again.
We read it in a boat.
We read it to a goat.
We read it in the rain.
In the dark and on a train.
In a car and in a tree.
It was so good, so good you see!

We read it in a box.
We read it to a fox.
We read it in a house.
And we read it to a mouse.
We read it here and there.
We read it ANYWHERE!

We do so love
Green Eggs And Ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,
Sam-I-Am!


So fun to say, even today! Dr. Suess has always been one with whimsical, magical words and phrases. It has always been fun to have them roll off the tongue! It was one of my son’s favorite, must-read books. He learned to “read” it, and The Foot Book, at the age of 2. I think it was one of the deciding books that made him actually learn to read. By the time he was 3, he was reading by himself, really reading! But he didn’t enjoy this book so much by himself. He loved it when I read it with him. He learned my expressives (is that a word??), my tone, my character I tried to embed into Sam, and that other guy. He truly had fun with it. 

It was hard to read, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and still keep the same tone, characterizations and fun going

I did not like it, Sam-I-Am. 

But in the end, when all was said and done, and he was reading books before he went into pre-school, to find out none of the other kids knew how to read yet, to find out in Kindergarten that he was reading at a 3rd grade level, to find out in First Grade he was accepted into the gifted program, well….it was worth all those readings….over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. 

Hey, it’s really not so bad…
this reading here and there
this reading everywhere!
as long as we do it
together!

To this day, I quote it when I just don’t like something and things don’t go my way. 🙂 

“I do not like it Sam-I-Am” So fun, and a cute way to remind us of our childhood!

13 Comments

  1. Comment by Grillyfish:

    Love it Jai! 🙂

  2. Comment by Alison Stevens:

    I just read Green Eggs and Ham to my boys today–such a great book. And I love the green eggs you made! (Have to agree with Julie that green ham just sounds awful.) 🙂

  3. Comment by Julie Hedlund:

    This was one of the first books my daughter could read too. Luckily it was one of my favorites also. We've also done the green eggs thing too (I read your next post), and trust me when I tell you you weren't missing anything with the ham. Green ham is just gross, no matter how you cook and color it!

  4. Comment by Regina:

    Oh the famous Green Eggs and Ham. You know at my children's school on Dr. Seuss's Birthday they serve Green Eggs and Ham. Bleech! I can't even imagine, but they do. I do however, love the book. Thanks for sharing your post today. It was great.

  5. Comment by erica and christy:

    I've taught preschool for 14 years and have read the same 200-or-so books (yes, sounds like a lot, right? wait) over and over and over and (times many, many times). I love it!!!erica

  6. Comment by Lori:

    Loved the story of your son! This was one of my most favourites as a child and of course I shared it with my boys, too. To this day we say "I do not like it Sam-I-Am" or "Not in a car, not in a train." when wanting to emphasise our distaste for something.

  7. Comment by Dawn Embers:

    lol… Excellent post. If you tire of that version, you should look up Moxy Fruvous. That one starts out with "Hey kids, listen up if you want to be sick'Cause your dinner looks like something from a Cronenburg flick"… it adds a different beat to it, and some more humor. ;-)http://www.metrolyrics.com/green-eggs-and-ham-lyrics-moxy-fruvous.html

  8. Comment by kangaroobee:

    Awesome!!! Wonderful post. And what an early reader you have, all down to you I bet 🙂

  9. Comment by Danette:

    Very, very cute post and a great book! We loved Dr. Seuss and we used that one a lot. My son couldn't get enough of "Go, Dogs, Go' and it helped him a lot with his early sounds. He still loves it even though he's a teenager. Great choice!

  10. Comment by KO: The Insect Collector:

    It's a classic, for sure. But like anything, moderation is the key.

  11. Comment by Christie Wright Wild:

    Yes, repetition is a good thing, to a point. For the kids, they can't get enough of it. But the parents? I'd rather re-read a less repetitive book over and over, like Leslie Helakoski's Big Chickens series. My children both love Green Eggs and Ham. My son can read it to my daughter now, so that's nice for me, especially!

  12. Comment by libraryvoice.org:

    You are so right! I often get parents who come into the library begging me to help them find a different book because the one they have at home has been read ad nauseum. And while I always help them find some substitutes, I can't help but explain that repetition is a good thing! And that their child is on the path to reading!

  13. Comment by Megan K. Bickel:

    Great post, Jai! I've also been subjected to a few million readings of "Green Eggs and Ham." But like you say, it is worth it!Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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