Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dr. Seuss was Pretty Cool

Via Bookninja: a few of the stories behind the Dr. Seuss books. Not really new info, but still pretty cool (and some of it was quite new to me). I especially liked the bit about Green Eggs and Ham:
Green Eggs and Ham. Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss’ editor, bet him that he couldn’t write a book using 50 words or less. The Cat in the Hat was pretty simple, after all, and it used 225 words. Not one to back down from a challenge, Mr. Geisel started writing and came up with Green Eggs and Ham – which uses exactly 50 words. The 50 words, by the way, 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.
Can you imagine writing a book with only 50 words? Maybe I should make that a contest on here or something....
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