Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (Beginner Books)

by Dr. Seuss

Hardcover, 1975



Call number




Random House Books for Young Readers (1975), Grolier Book Club Edition, 48 pages


Relates in verse some of the unusual thinks you can think if only you try.

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LibraryThing member kellyholmes
It's been a while since I read this (a long while), but I still love it!
LibraryThing member al04
The make-believe characters, places, adjectives, and verbs show a true fantasy book. Dr. Suess has a great imagination and a flency of words to create many new phrases and still produce a book that makes sense.
The illustrations provide the reader with textual clues. Many young readers may not be
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able to understand the story plot but by looking at the picture they could grasp a general understanding for the actions the characters are performing. The illustrations are also very unuasual and catch the readers eye when flipping through.
Media- Colored Pencil
Use- Early Independent Reade
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LibraryThing member conuly
This is largely a nonsense book, of course - most of what Seuss gives as examples are his classic made-up creatures. Bloogs blowing by, and a Rink-Rinker-Fink.

But what a nonsense book! It's a lot of fun to read and talk about after. It may not be the most famous Seuss book, but it's certainly one
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of the best.
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LibraryThing member erinegarner
Beginner books by Dr. Seuss are still fun, even if you're not a beginner reader any more.
LibraryThing member ceoliver
This book is funny because alot of the words in it are made-up. It would be a good book to read to younger kids and have them point out the made-up words at the end. This would require them to pay attention and think. I really like the bright and colorful pictures.
LibraryThing member egodwin07
This book is a fun and silly fantasy, as the setting and characters are personified, yet realistic. The reader can imagine a girl swimming in a pool in a balloon over her house, because the imagination is so strongly used in this book. Dr. Seuss sets up the book in a manner allowing children to use
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their imagination and think of any setting they wish. Overall, it is a book that is sure to engage young children as they have such imaginative minds already.

Age Appropriateness: Primary

Plot: The plot of this fantasy is very realistic, because it is using pure imagination. Children can easily engage and use their imagination corresponding with the book.

Media: Mixed Media
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LibraryThing member ashtonrice
cute book that makes children think ! fun adventure!
LibraryThing member beadams
This book encourages thinking out of the box. It tells us that our imagination is limitless and to express our creativity no matter how out there it may be.
LibraryThing member JDHensley
This story was about thinking up of as many things as you can. The words that you think of will rhyme with other words to create a lot of things. This story teaches children to try and do things because you will never know, how many things you can do if you don't try.
LibraryThing member herebedragons
Another Dr. Seuss; not a personal favorite.
LibraryThing member quicksilvertears
I love every single Dr. Seuss book written but I think this is one of my favorites because it opens up the possibilities and the impossibilities. Seuss understands that there is no end or limits to imagination. I like to apply this to a child's future. It is inspiring.
LibraryThing member dbhutch
This book is about getting you to think and showing possibilities. From different colored things to the wild things in the imagination of Dr Seuss.
LibraryThing member srrush
This book encourages kids to think creatively. It is an example of all they can imagine. Kids love the rhymes and the crazy storyline.
LibraryThing member hgcslibrary
Relates in verse some of the thinks you can think if only you try.
LibraryThing member farfromkansas
The Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!, is a counterpart to the graduation favorite, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Like that other, more recognizable text, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! details the endless possibilities that await us in our lives and reminds us that anything is possible if
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we use our imagination. As is par for the course with Dr. Seuss, there are a variety of made-up creatures (guffs, snuvs, etc.) whose names and appearances are sensationally silly and will undoubtedly entertain young children. The artwork is archetypal Dr. Seuss, with characters that will remind readers of the Grinch, Horton the elephant, and the Lorax; and, as is usual with Dr. Seuss, the images can be somewhat frightening or disconcerting for younger children, so parents should be very considerate of the age and maturity of their children. That being said, the theme of the story is truly remarkable: we should not ever limit our imaginations. Behind all of the silly, made-up language that is typical for Dr. Seuss, there is a timeless message that will be inspiring for children and adults alike.

Dr. Seuss. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! New York: Beginner, 1975. Print.
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LibraryThing member etimmons08
Genre: Fantasy

Review: Through the use of fantasy, Dr. Seuss created a story that reminds students to always use their imaginations! The tale from the start has vivid pictures and words that encourage the students’ imaginations to work and create their own machines and building projects. As the
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story is told, it reminds students that if they can THINK, they can wish and thus make creative things using their imaginations. Along with encouraging students to use their imaginations, the story also encourages creativity with fun illustrations and interesting words. No matter how old or young, this story will remind all that their imaginations are important and they should always remember to use them!

Characterization: Within this story, there are no concrete or specific characters. As the story develops, it “thinks” up different creative animals and objects. There is a “
Peter the Postman” who is developed within the story. As we read, we learn that he crosses the ice just “once every day” but on Saturdays, he does twice.

Media: Markers, Acrylic Paints.
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LibraryThing member JulianneM
This is a great book to use with children to introduce them to poetry and rhyme. It is a very creative book as all Dr. Seuss books are and it allows for children to explore their own creativity as well. This book is about all of the things that you can think about and challenges children to think
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LibraryThing member RebeccaRunning
The book goes through the many different ways that the reader can use their imagination. It uses silly words to inspire the reader to use their imagination in thinking about whatever their dreams take them. I would use this book if a child I am teaching is feeling down about themselves. I like it
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because it has a very positive message in a goofy way. I also love the rhymes, it makes the book easier to read and more entertaining. I think this book would be suitable for children for about 4 to 6 years of age, so about kindergarten to first grade.
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LibraryThing member AllieR93
Dr. Seuss shows the importance of imagination and thinking. This book shows that you can think about anything, even things that are not real. The book says to think about schlopp with a cherry on top. The imagination creates unlimited things that can be thought. It mentions how if you try hard you
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can think about so many things. In the book the characters think in any direction and on any day. Opportunities are endless when it comes to the imagination.
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LibraryThing member Mdierd1
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
By: Dr. Seuss (1975)

I liked Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss for three reasons. First, I liked the catchy rhymes throughout the book. Specifically, “If you try, you can think up a Guff going by,” try and by rhyme. Second, I liked the vibrant colors that
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make up the images. Specifically, Dr. Seuss uses primary and secondary colors like blue, yellow, red, pink, purple, orange, and green. In addition, Dr. Seuss uses different shades of each color; for example, light and dark blue, light and dark purple, etc. Lastly, I liked that the sentences are short, easy to read, and made up of mostly recognizable words—this is great for beginning readers. Overall, the “big idea” of Oh, the Thinks You can Think! is to emphasize that there is no limit to what you can think up. Dr. Seuss encourages his readers to push their minds to limitless heights.
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LibraryThing member jbaile14
The moral of this book was to have children realize that there are so many things to think about. Dr. Seuss encourages the reader to ponder why certain things occur in the world. For example, he encourages readers to think about how much water fifty-five elephants can drink or he even told the
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reader to think about the color red. I believe this is a great book because it is encouraging children to use their imagination and to turn their "thinking caps" on. I also think the message, to think about all the things in the world, is made clear through the use of his imagination. He uses creatures that are not real, like a guff or a schlopp. In this case he is showing all the different possibilities a thinker can come up with, which sets a good example for a younger audience.
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LibraryThing member kitbraddick
I love Dr. Seuss so most Dr. Seuss books will get 5 stars from me. This book goes right along with "Oh the Places You'll Go". I love that it encourages kids to think anything--that thinking in general is a great thing. Kids so often experience fear for thinking differently or sometimes have their
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thoughts squelched but this book goes completely against that. In a fun and colorful way it ultimately teaches children to take hold of their imagination and find the power in their thoughts.
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LibraryThing member kimpiddington
This LITTLE PB gave this writer some BIG inspiration!
LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
The possibilities are endless in Dr. Seuss’s classic Beginner Book! Young readers will delight in Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! which celebrates the imagination and encourages young readers to think . . . about thinking! “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the Thinks
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you can think up if only you try.” Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.
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LibraryThing member quondame
Mostly things that I wouldn't think, alas, but fun to view them passing by!


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9.33 inches


0394831292 / 9780394831299



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