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Kids Stuff: The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss was given the assignment to write a children's book using the most common words a 6-year-old should know. In his 225 word story, he used 223 of them. Uploaded by

Which is the more popular book by Dr. Seuss: The Cat in the Hat or How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Certainly, the Grinch is the ultimate character, but his popularity comes from the memorable TV special and movie devoted to his rebirth. Strictly as a book, I’m thinking it’s The Cat in the Hat.

What makes him so special, a feline like that

It could be that giantous, riotous hat

The colors are dizzying, just hiding the frizzying

Hair of the mug that’s so smug on this lug

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Okay, that Seuss style is better handled by someone more facile than me. The Good Doctor was given a list of 348 words every six-year-old should know, and managed to include 223 of them in this 225-word story. Only one word – “another” – was three syllables long. That’s fantastical, wondrifical, terrifical stuff!

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