Fun Fact Friday | ‘Green Eggs and Ham’

“Green Eggs and Ham” was published by Random House in 1960.

 

It was No. 4 on Publishers Weekly’s 2001 list of all-time best-selling children’s books.

 

Dr. Seuss is a pen name: His real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel.

 

“Green Eggs and Ham” uses only 50 different words. Seuss’s editor bet him after “The Cat in the Hat,” which used 225 words, that he couldn’t write a book using fewer.

 

A number of famous chefs have been inspired to create recipes for green eggs and ham, including Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray and Paula Deen.

 

Amazon sells “Green Eggs and Ham” in 60 formats and editions, including audio book, e-book and hardcover.

 

The School Library Journal gave the book this review: “Limited vocabulary but unlimited exuberance of illustration.”

 

Spoiler alert: In the end, the unnamed character who repeatedly declares “I do not like them, Sam-I-am, I do not like green eggs and ham” tries them — and likes them.


 

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