Favorite Dr. Seuss Story

I decided to begin building My Google Library so that I can:

  • Share my favorite books with our own children.
  • Easily access books, images, citations, etc. during class, presentations, workshops, etc.
  • Share and suggest resources with other educators

When it came time to add my favorite Dr. Seuss books to my library I realized that I would have to add most of them, so I decided to try and narrow it down to my very favorite book. It took some reflection and deep soul searching (I’m exaggerating.) but I was able to identify my very favorite (Thanks to a technicality that I’ll share in another post.) Seuss story.

The Sneetches and Other StoriesI remember the first time I read Too Many Daves (from The Sneetches and Other Stories). I was sitting at a table in my elementary school library with two of my friends. I read the book silently and the ridiculousness of one naming all 23 of her children the same thing just sent my imagination spinning. It remains one of my favorite poems all these years later. I’ve included the poem below in case you’re unfamiliar with it. Unfortunately, I can’t also include the artwork because it really sales the story – as is typical of all of Seuss’ work.

What is YOUR favorite Dr. Seuss story? Why?


From: The Sneetches and Other Stories
By: Dr. Seuss

Did I ever tell you that Mrs. McCave
Had twenty-three sons, and she named them all Dave?

Well, she did. And that wasn’t a smart thing to do.
You see, when she wants one, and calls out “Yoo-Hoo!
Come into the house, Dave!” she doesn’t get one.
All twenty-three Daves of hers come on the run!

This makes things quite difficult at the McCaves’
As you can imagine, with so many Daves.
And often she wishes that, when they were born,
She had named one of them Bodkin Van Horn.
And one of them Hoos-Foos. And one of them Snimm.
And one of them Hot-Shot. And one Sunny Jim.
Another one Putt-Putt. Another one Moon Face.
Another one Marvin O’Gravel Balloon Face.
And one of them Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate…

But she didn’t do it. And now it’s too late.

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Clif Mims is a Christian, husband, father, teacher, cancer warrior, and fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Memphis Grizzlies.

22 thoughts on “Favorite Dr. Seuss Story”

  1. I would have to say ” Green Eggs and Ham ” I remeber when i was little my day useto make those for me on DR. Seuss’s birthday.

  2. My favorite Dr. Seuss book is either Hop On Pop or Ten Apples Up On Top. I remember my perents reading Dr. Seuess books to me almost every night.

  3. My favorite? Many titles I could put on the list, but given my current reading list — Friedman’s Hot, Flat & Crowded I’m submitting The Lorax. It is a wonderful story full of economic themes about how one’s choices impact resource uses as well as the consequences of those choices….

  4. Green Eggs and Ham because it is so unpredictable of what is going to happen next. This also shows how people are so stubborn. When they try it, the often like it.

  5. “The Foot Book” because it has such wonderful memories. My daughter was only 6 months old and I would read it to her while she sat on my lap. At the end she’d go “eh -eh – eh” until I read it again. Sometimes 9 or 10 times! She is an avid reader and talented writer now at the age of 16. I think Dr. Seuss helped that along a lot – and at such an early age.

  6. The Cat in the Hat because it’s the first book I remember reading other than Dick and Jane in school. I have my original copy, I’m sure it’s an antique.

  7. My favorite story is “The Lorax.” It is also my 4 year old son’s favorite. I really like the values: taking care of the environment, greed and materialism, and that everyone can make a difference.

  8. Yertle the Turtle. It was my first one given to me almost 48 years ago!

  9. I have always loved The Sneetches. I have enjoyed the idea that they could add and remove stars to their stomachs so many times that pretty soon they forgot which was their tribe/status/cast. That would be nice if we could do that for real. Unfortunately, our skin deep differences are not as simple as stars and sometimes people forget to look deeper.


  10. I love the stories in the Sneetches book the best because they so easily lend themselves to dramatization by kids. You need a boxful of velcro-backed stars for the Sneetches!

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