I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (Beginner Books)

by Dr. Seuss

Hardcover, 1978

Call number




Random House Books for Young Readers (1978), Edition: 1st, 48 pages


The Cat in the Hat takes Young Cat in tow to show him the fun he can get out of reading.

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LibraryThing member jfe16
In this Beginning Reader book, the Cat in the Hat returns to show young readers how reading can be fun. Filled with Seuss-ical rhymes, tongue twisters, and zany illustrations, “I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!” shows young readers that reading with their eyes wide open is even more fun. The simple
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text, concepts, and illustrations make this a perfect beginning reader experience.

Highly recommended.
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LibraryThing member gbill
Not his best but loved this line: "Young cat! If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn! The most wonderful stuff!"
LibraryThing member varwenea
Still a bit disappointed that my previous Dr. Seuss book was not drawn by Dr. Seuss, I went to my local used bookstore and randomly chose one that was and in great condition. Little did I know what a gem I had purchased.

Its basic message encourages reading. But it’s truly SO much more.
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with my eyes shut
I don’t do an awful lot.”
This book encourages having an open mind, continuously learning, continuously exploring, doing new things, going to new places. When you don’t, you don’t accomplish much, you are not letting new ideas in, and you just don’t do an awful lot.
“Young cat! If you keep
your eyes open enough,
oh, the stuff you will learn!
The most wonderful stuff!”
The rhymes are funny and effective; the artwork is entertaining. I really do want to know “what you should do about owls on noses”. :)
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LibraryThing member KoryD
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." (Seuss, 1978, no pg #)

The Dr. is IN with yet another classic featuring the cat-in-the-hat as he shows a junior cat-in-hat all about the ways and importance of reading. The rhymes are
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incredible and cleverly linked, while the familiar imagery of a Dr. Seuss book melt the mind in a smorgasbord of color and craziness. Illustrations dominate the pages and the concrete arrangements and flow of the poetry is hypnotizing. Children and adults marvel over these stories - still, over 30 years later!
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LibraryThing member EmilyAnnSp
Read with My Eyes Shut is a great book for kids who are beginning to read. The pictures are great and help the students with visual cues. The cat in the hat is explaining all of the things he can do with his eyes shut but then says that he can see a lot more cool stuff with his eyes open. At the
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end of the book he encourages little cat to keep his eyes open so he doesn't miss anything.
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LibraryThing member msalissa
colors, ryhming, some predicatable text, funny/enjoyable, encourages children to read, colorful and fun illustrations
LibraryThing member dbhutch
this book is about reading with your eyes shut and all things you can read about with your eyes shut and open
LibraryThing member TraciAlvey
This book is about the cat in the hat and reading in different colors, places, and positions. He also discovers that you should read with your eyes open so you'll learn a lot more.

I think this is a good book to show children the advantages of reading. It's a fun way to encourage reading because of
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the rhyming and the illustrations help to encourage reading as well.

After reading this book, you can have a discussion with the children about why reading is important.
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LibraryThing member HoriconLibrary
I love this book! Rhymes. Reads every night. Review by CM
LibraryThing member DavidFrank
This book follows the Seuss tradition of rhyming and features the Cat in the Hat . The Cat is explaining to a young cat all the things you can do if you read with your eyes open. The illustrations are vey linked to the text and only a few words are on each page.
LibraryThing member klightwi
This is a great book that tells about all the wonderful things of reading. I think it would be a great book for kids that are starting to read on their own to get them excited about all the fun things they could read about. It also includes great rhythm and a book for beginning readers.
LibraryThing member acwheeler
I thought this was a very good beginner book because it has short sayings with easy words and they rhyme. It has a good lesson that you cannot read or learn anything with your eyes shut.
LibraryThing member chron002
All Dr.Seuss books are awesome! I grew up on these books. This is one of my favorites that teaches rhyming and words beginner readers are learning. Great for parents to read to children at an early age and for them to read in the first grade.
LibraryThing member eobend1
I liked this book because it is a fun read for children who are beginner readers. I could see myself enjoying this book as a child and reading it to a child today because of its unique features and amusing fictional characters. The first reason I enjoyed this book is because of its rhythmic
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writing. The rhyming words added flow to the book and made me want to keep reading. For example: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.” I love the rhymes, and the fact that this statement is encouraging! The second reason I loved this book is because of its unique illustrations. Every page is filled with bright colors and happy characters, and the way the words are written on the pages match what the sentences indicate. For example, one page says, “I can read in red, I can read in blue”, and the words red and blue are written in red and blue. Another page states, “I can read in a circle and upside down”, and the sentence is indeed written in a circle and upside down. The big idea of this book is to practice reading words, and to get children who are beginning to read, to want to read. The books bold characteristics and witty style is intriguing for young readers.
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LibraryThing member HeatherBallard
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut is a typical Dr. Seuss book. This book is very fun to read, and to hear read aloud. The illustrations in the book have a lot of detail and are very colorful. Even if a student can’t read the words yet, they can create a story from the pictures. When the book talked
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about colors, each word was the actual colored either red, blue, or whatever color was written. Of course, since it’s Dr. Seuss everything rhymes, which is very fun for children. Another great thing about the text in this book is that it’s also different shapes, sizes, and isn’t always typed from left to right. One sentence says “I can read upside down” and the words in the book are actually upside down.
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LibraryThing member MattM50
While Dr. Seuss's childrens book "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut" is not one of his most well known books, it is a classic that I can say is a staple of my childhood. The reason I love this book is that it's main message is one that homes to reinforce the idea that reading is the best thing in the
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world. The absurdity of being able to "read with your eyes shut" is typical of the kind of illogical events found in Dr. Seuss's works and keeps the reader interested and entertained throughout. The crazy illustrations and colorful landscapes typical of a Seuss book keep me analyzing and thoroughly engrossed in the book as a whole. I've spent countless hours looking over every page trying to find every little detail. I can honestly say that this book is one that jump-started my love for reading which still exists to this day. Overall the books message of "reading is fun" is one that I believe many need to identify with especially at a young age and also why this book is very dear to my heart.
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LibraryThing member Sluper1
I love this book from beginning to end. Great book for children that are starting to read. The characters of this story show the readers how a person can read even with their eyes are shut and do not see the words. The best way of learning and discovering new places is by reading. The language used
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in this book varies from rhymes, tongue twister and comical illustrations. Dr. Seuss not only includes objects you can learn about and jobs you can discover, but he also includes emotions. I can read with my eyes shut, has a great instructional material to use in lesson plans.
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LibraryThing member mbabst
This book entails a journey throughout life in which inspiration to read becomes critical. Inside this journey, we are told that the more we read the more knowledge we contain. This picture book reminds us that the more we go throughout life without taking chances, the more opportunities we miss.
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Dr. Suess does an excellent job with portraying metaphors into realistic views of life. Life is all about taking chances, and this book reminds us that we are able to view life from multiple perspectives as long as we have our eyes open. This metaphor which is in the title, encourage the readers to open the book and have this metaphor explained to them in a way that they are able to understand. I would read this book to a group of first graders, because they are at the age where reading becomes a critical component in their life.
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LibraryThing member mfurth1
I love to read, so this book has always held a special place in my heart. One thing that makes this book great is that it promotes reading. It tells children that reading can help you in many different ways, like how to earn money or how to make doughnuts. Another thing I really like about this
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book is how it says that you can read with your eyes shut, but that it is hard and is better to keep your eyes open. It says that by keeping your eyes open you can learn a lot more and see a lot more than keeping your eyes shut. A third thing I like about the book is how the illustrations match really well with the words. I also like how some of the words are written in corresponding to colors to what is being read. The main theme of the book is observation. The Cat in the Hat tells young Cat to keep his eyes open to see what he can see. This is very good advice for anyone as closing your eyes takes away your main source of information.
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LibraryThing member kbrash1
In my opinion, this is one of the most valuable books written by Dr. Seuss, because in addition to offering an important life lesson, this story encourages children to enjoy books by associating reading with silliness and imagination. The book also references a very important piece of the reading
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process: fluency. For example, Dr. Seuss mentions reading fluency when he writes, “You have to be a speedy reader ‘cause there’s so, so much to read.” The writing in the story flows well, due to the fact that it is well-paced and could engage a variety of audiences and ages. The language used in this text is consistent with the same whimsical style unique to Dr. Seuss. For example, using his infinite imagination, Seuss makes up his own words. In the story, there is an instrument that the author creatively names a “hut-zut.” I Can Read with My Eyes Shut also contains a copious amount of rhyming language, also typical of Dr. Seuss, which can make the text fun and silly to read aloud. “You can learn about ice. You can learn about mice. Mice on ice. And ice on mice.” This story is accompanied by Dr. Seuss’ distinctive illustrations that are detailed, cheerful, and colorful. These illustrations really enhance the text, as well as the silly mood of the story. In a sense, the story is light and fun, but alternatively, it offers a very powerful central message. The big idea is to always keep your eyes open to what the world has to offer so life doesn’t pass by before you realize it.
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LibraryThing member BeckieZimmerman
This is a fun, silly book to read aloud or for beginner readers for a kindergarten or a first grade classroom. It's a classic Dr. Seuss book with nonsense words and colorful, silly illustrations. I like this book because it has a positive message along with the entertaining adventures of Cat in the
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Hat. The Cat in the Hat goes on a adventure exploring all of the places and things you can see when you can read. The story ends with the quote, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." This leads to the central message of pursuing your education to expand your opportunities, a great moral for kids to keep reading!
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