I have so many favorites, but since I’m trying to tie this blog into Speech and Language, I will say that my favorite Dr. Seuss book (for today) is Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? And I should note that I much prefer the shorter board book version to the longer hardcover version.
This book lends itself beautifully to early speech and language development. It captivates young children through environmental noises and silly sounds. If read with inflection and using the text as cues, it will get LOUDER and softer, words will get loooooonger and shtr, thus helping to keep children’s interest. The rhythm, syllabification, and rhyme are top notch in the board book (I think the longer book looses some of these qualities). It is the perfect length for a young child with a short attention span.
The book is awesome because it works off of early speech sounds and speech patterns. Many of the sounds are consonant-vowel words (Moo, Who) or consonant-vowel-consonant words (Boom, Buzz), which are early speech sound patterns. It is an easy book to encourage verbal expression by reading the line and then adding an extended pause so as to encourage the children to respond with the appropriate sounds.
10 thumbs up! 🙂