Green Eggs and Ham…revisited!

greenLooking back on some of our more popular posts, it surprises us to see Green Eggs and Ham on the list. While it was actually a really interesting look into how Theodore Geisel’s editor challenged him (Dr. Seuss) to write a book using only 50 words, the post continues to be one people search for most. Are people looking for information on this challenge because they want to try it themselves? Or are they simply interested in green eggs and ham? Your guess is as good as mine. Until the Great Google tells us why someone searches, we’ll never know.

However, if you are looking for recipes for Green Eggs and Ham, Food Network star Paula Deen has a fun recipe that involves a few drops of food colouring, and some fancy cookie cutters to use on the toast. But there are also plenty of fantastic–and creative–green eggs and ham recipes to be found on Pinterest….not all of which are actually eggs, or ham.

What if Geisel’s editor had chosen the 50 words for him instead of letting him choose which words to use? Would that have made it more difficult? Or would our Dr. Seuss memories be about something even more off the wall, like purple potatoes and blue milkshakes? This could be a fun writing challenge, and one I’m considering for our Young Writer’s group a little further into the new year. Maybe you should give it a try, and see what you come up with!

Regardless, GREEN EGGS AND HAM continues to be a popular book for children many generations down the line. I bet you could stop almost anyone in the street and ask them to recite at least one line from the book, and they could do it. Can you say the same about many other popular children’s books?

I do not think so. I say no.


Green Eggs and Ham…on Netflix?


It sounds like a joke, but the people at Netflix have announced they are adapting the classic GREEN EGGS AND HAM into a 13-part animated series. Executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and the people at Netflix released this official media report:

Issued from Netflix headquarters.
Delivered straight to all reporters.

We’d love to share some happy news
based on the rhymes of Dr. Seuss.
Green Eggs and Ham will become a show
and you’re among the first to know.

In this richly animated production,
a 13-episode introduction,
standoffish inventor (Guy, by name)
and Sam-I-Am of worldwide fame,
embark on a cross-country trip
that tests the limits of their friendship.
As they learn to try new things,
they find out what adventure brings.
Of course they also get to eat
that famous green and tasty treat!

You can hear more about it from Ellen right here:

It sounds like it will be a lot of fun, and will probably be a BIG hit with the younger set.

You can stream it on a phone,

You can stream it on your own………

Green eggs and ham on a bet

greenWe often just read books and never think about how or why they were written, especially children’s books.  Sometimes, the reason is obvious (a book about children with diabetes, for example), but most of the time, we just think that authors are very creative and come up with a book out of thin air.  If you’ve ever written anything creative, you’ll know this isn’t true at all.  Many times, authors have been influenced by a story in the news, a world problem or just a simple picture and an idea is born out of that.  What about one of the most creative children’s authors of our time, Dr. Seuss?  It turns out that there are some interesting facts behind his books.

Bennett Cerf, Theodor Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) editor, challenged him to write a book using 50 words or less.  He actually made this challenge when Seuss was writing The Cat in the Hat (which used 225 words) but Geisel never backed down from a challenge and wrote Green Eggs and Ham with exactly 50 different words.  Those words are:

a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

Do you think you could write a book in 50 words or less?  Although the effort seems enormous, the beautiful simplicity of this book is what has made it timeless to generations of readers.  You can find out a lot about Dr. Seuss and the ideas behind his books at Mental Floss. If you’d like to know more about the life of Dr. Seuss, Wikipedia has some great information as well as plenty of great links.  Or you can visit the official Dr. Seuss website for some fun and games here.