Change My Mind: ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Is the Best Dr. Seuss Book
Forget Horton Hears A Who and Are You My Mother? Green Eggs and Ham dominates the Dr. Seuss collection.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it. Here's how this all unfolded:
Earlier Tuesday morning, I was invited to the Ashley School in New Bedford as a guest reader in the participation of National Read Across America Day/Month. I've been slowly making my way across the SouthCoast reading to numerous classrooms and interacting with the young students, only this time, instead of bringing my favorite book to read, I was provided with one.
As I walked into Ms. Leblanc's first grade classroom, I was immediately greeted by a good sized group of kids, all eager to hear me read them a story. I took a seat in the teacher's rocking chair and was handed Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
"I love this book!" I exclaimed, and here's the reason why.
Growing up, I was a very fussy eater. I would only eat chicken nuggets, French fries, mac and cheese, cucumbers and nothing else. It's always weird for me to admit that, because there's only a handful of delicacies in the world that I still won't eat. Plain and simple, I'm in love with food.
In the book, the narrator is just as fussy as I was when asked by Sam-I-Am to simply try a bite of the green eggs and ham. He was so darn stubborn that he refused and refused over and over again, until eventually, he was so annoyed with Sam-I-Am, that he finally gave in and tried a bite.
SPOILER ALERT: The narrator loved it.
Just as I would if I was offered something outside of my comfort zone. To live life is all about taking chances and trying new things. Some foods that may come off as "sketchy" or "foreign" will most likely turn someone away from it, but then again, how will you ever know if you like it or not?
I suppose the true moral of the story is to try new things, even if they appear somewhat scary or turn your stomach. So what if the ham and eggs are green? It's just a color and they might just be the best eggs and ham you've ever tried.
In the end, all you have to do is take a seat, take a deep breath, and finally take the leap of faith when it comes to new foods. You just might surprise yourself and that alone is why the Green Eggs and Ham message trumps the rest of Dr. Seuss's book series.