Early printing of the subversive update to DICK AND JANE, based upon the idea that kids would get more excited about reading if they enjoyed the material.
Very good in very good jacket.
"[First graders] still want to laugh at something that's ridiculous." – Dr. Seuss
Challenged to create a reader for young children using only 220 different words, Seuss tricked kids into enjoying learning with his destructive and charismatic house guest. Inspired in part by Krazy Kat and Felix the Cat, but with a wily mind all his own, the Cat in the Hat's humor and naughtiness are engaged in the noble cause of literacy. "Parents," notes biographer Brian Jay Jones, "were more than happy to join Dr. Seuss as fellow revolutionaries. Even if parents didn't necessarily understand the pedagogy, it was easy to see the difference between the staid DICK AND JANE and the rambunctious CAT IN THE HAT: kids wanted to read about the antics of the cat, just as Geisel had hoped." The first book featuring the US literary icon.
Read more: Younger, Younger, First Editions of Dr. Seuss Books: A Guide to Identification, item 7; Jones, Becoming Dr. Seuss.
New York: Random House, (1957). 9'' x 6.5''. Original flat paper over boards (not glazed paper). In original unclipped (195/195) dust jacket, no mention of Beginner Books series (see Younger p.28). 61,  pages. Contemporary ink owner inscription on front free endpaper. Moderate wear to board edges, with spotting to corner of front board and some soiling. Jacket with 2.5'' closed tear to front panel, with some light rubbing, soiling, and chipping.
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