Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

by Dr. Seuss

Other authorsDr. Seuss (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1973

Call number



Random House Books for Young Readers (1973), Edition: First, 64 pages


Compared to the problems of some of the creatures the old man describes, the boy is really quite lucky.

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LibraryThing member shawnd
Suprised how this grew on me. I'm not a super fan but as my kids got older, they kept returning to this. It is head and shoulders above green eggs and ham and Horton Hears a Who and Cat in the Hat. Unlike some of those, there's plenty of pics and details on the pages to keep your kids pointing to
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and identifying things. Each page could be a story in itself. With a good positive message for adults too.
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LibraryThing member WhitneyLeeTate
Book is all about how much more unlucky you could be and how very thankful we should be. Tells how there is always somebody who is even worse off than you are.

I think this book is a very good way to tell kids to be thankful. Dr. Seuss, as always, is so imaginative! I think this book will definitely
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draw children in.

Could be used in classroom when children have been complaining about fair and unfair. Also be used to teach children how to be more appreciative.
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LibraryThing member sweetiegherkin
I picked up this book at the library before going out to babysit, without looking at it as I thought anything by Dr. Seuss would be great. Boy, was I wrong. I like the idea of saying to kids that they should count their blessings, but this book was just too much of a mishmash between the real and
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unreal. (Apparently, in Seuss's world there's both a pants-eating-plant in the actual place of France as well as a left-behind sock in the made-up Kaverns of Krock, and both should be considered unlucky). Generally, I enjoy the nonsense of Dr. Seuss's language and made-up things and places, but this was just too far out there for me, especially when attempting to teach such a serious lesson. Even the child I was babysitting kept saying "why?" to every bizarre thing before losing attention and moving on to something else (and this is a usual very attentive child). I was sorry I had picked this one out and put myself through trying to read its tongue-twisting language.
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LibraryThing member paulina.chapa
Awesome book to teach about being thankful for what they have, free verse poetry and alliteration. Kids would love it because it is a weird looking book but it catches their attention.
LibraryThing member hipsterkidd
This is a wonderful book for all ages. It teaches kids and students to be thankful for whatevery they have or situation they are in becuase there are many other people who have it much harder than they do. It has a strong emphasis on the tough jobs in the world that provide everyday things that we
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often pass up. It is a very random book so it is not good for making predictions about what will happen, but I did use it for a book in a bag to predict certain types of jobs described in the book such as construcion, machinery, teaching, and landscaping. The book also makes a cultural reference about the character doing the landscaping. His name is Ali, which is stereotypically an Indian or African name, and sometimes those names are assiciated with low socioeconomic status, and in America, the majority of the people in that rung of society are landscapers or other jobs like that. This was probably the class' favorite book just because it was so spontaneous and it made them use their imaginations. They did NOT predict the ending correctly, which opened up a teaching moment where I walked them through what had happened and why it related to the ending.
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LibraryThing member CMJohnson
Great book! So very great. Dr. Seuss knows what he is doing with children's books. This book tells you that there is always someone out there that has it worse than you. Don't complain or say how unlucky you are, because chances are things aren't that bad. The lesson this book gives is great, but
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its even greater in the crazy made up world of this book. This book is sure to make you smile on every page.
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LibraryThing member jbaile14
Summary:In this book, Dr. Seuss has an old man telling a young boy how lucky the boy is. The old man goes through various scenarios about how unlucky other “people” or in this case, made up characters are. After every few pages or so, he reinstates that the boy is quite lucky that he is not
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doing certain tasks that others are faced with. He explains to the boy that he shouldn’t feel down about certain things because others are much more unfortunate than he is. For example, at one point he describes how one character works a long tedious job, and that doesn’t pay enough so he has to work two jobs. The person telling the story reinstates throughout the book just how fortunate the young boy is.

Review: I thought this book is really good for teaching younger children the importance of appreciating things. Many people take what they have for granted and we live in a society where everyone just wants more things. Many people do not take a step back and value what they have. They also do not seem to notice that others may have a harder time and are less fortunate than them. Therefore, the main message of this book is to value what you have and to realize that some are not as fortunate as you. At one point, Dr. Seuss pointed out that one character works so hard during the day to fix a machine but somehow every night the machine breaks so he has to do it all over again. That’s one example from the book that shows how grateful we should be that we may have others to help us fix certain objects or others who can help when we are not quite sure what to do. Overall, this is a great moral lesson for children and even for adults to remember that we shouldn’t take things for granted.
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LibraryThing member mwade4
Summary: The character tells about a song that an old man once told him. The song is all about how you should feel very lucky because some are not as lucky as you might be. On every page there after a different character is described and how unlucky they are. The old man continuously emphasizes how
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lucky you should feel because so many others are much more unlucky than you.

Evaluation/Argument: This was a very interesting book that I had never read or even heard of before. With some made up words students will stay interested in the text throughout. Dr. Seuss always uses very bright colors in his illustrations and creates his own words to keep the rhyme throughout the text. This book seemed very repetitive though and that the point could have been made in less pages. I really loved the theme of this book though because it is a great lesson to learn.
The central message of this story is to be thankful and lucky for the life you she because you could be very unlucky. I think this is a great lesson for anyone to learn because we need to be thankful for the lives we live and realize how truly lucky we are.
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LibraryThing member Ekelle8
This poetic story begins with advice of the wise old man in the Desert of Drize. He tells the reader, “When you think things are bad, 
when you feel sour and blue, 
when you start to get mad… you should do what I do!” This whimsical story goes through various problems the characters in
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the story must deal with so that the reader will realize just how lucky they are.
I liked this book for three main reasons, the first being the illustrations in the books. I like how creative they are and they are very engaging for young students. Also I like Dr. Seuss’s rhyming poetic writing style that really seems to be enjoyed by kids. Lastly I like the message of this book I think it was appropriate for children and it is useful in their lives. That is what I like about this book.
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LibraryThing member regularguy5mb
A good message from Seuss about how there's always someone worse off than you.

Another of the books from my childhood I'm currently revisiting.
LibraryThing member raizel
I read it because it was recommended by an adult as an important book. While the other 21 reviews here have no problem with viewing the suffering of others as a way to appreciate how good one's own life is, some of the examples come too close to real life issues for me to see them as silly.




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