Green Eggs and Ham

Written by Dr Seuss

For ages 4 to 7

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This book is best for:
  • rhyming
  • subjective pronouns (I, you)
  • objective pronouns (me, them)
  • modals (could, would, will, may)


“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am as he tries to convince his neighbour to try this new and unfamiliar dish. The moody neighbour refuses. But Sam-I-am keeps asking persistently in various locations and with various dining partners until the neighbour finally relinquishes and gives it a taste.

This classic book by Dr Seuss consists of less than 50 words. But the repetitive nature makes it ideal for targeting rhyme and grammatical elements such as subjective pronouns (I, you), objective pronouns (me, them) and modals (could, would, will, may).

See the list below for further possible speech and language targets.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Action Sequence

Story Plot: Repetitive Tale

  • food/drink
  • transport
  • sustaining conversations
  • asking questions
  • being adventurous
  • trying new things
  • persistence

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /g/ - goat, green, egg
  • /h/ - ham, house, here
  • /k/ - car, like, dark
  • /l/ - like, will
  • /m/ - me, mouse, ham, Sam, am
  • /n/ - not, anywhere, green, in,
  • /r/ blends - green, train, tree
  • /s/ - Sam, mouse, house
  • voiced /th/ - that, them, the, there,
  • voiceless /th/ - thank, with, mouth
  • /w/ - would, will, with
  • adjectives (green)
  • conjunctions (and)
  • future tense (will)
  • mental verbs (like)
  • modals (would, could, may, will)
  • negatives (not)
  • prepositions (in, on)
  • objective pronouns (me, them)
  • subjective pronouns (I, you)
  • describing
  • temporal concepts (in, on)
  • sustaining conversation
  • asking questions
  • character description
  • dialogue
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in 1960 (ISBN: 9780007158461)

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