Green Eggs and Ham

6 – 1960s

level – elementary

plot – Green Eggs and Ham is a children’s book by Dr. Seuss, first published on August 12, 1960.

The story follows an unnamed character who does not like green eggs and ham and his adversary Sam-I-Am who wants him to eat it. The story becomes a refrain as Sam persistently follows his rival through an assortment of locations (in a house, in a box, in a car, in a tree, on a train, in the dark, in the rain, on a boat) and dining partners (a mouse, a fox, and a goat). The character finally gives in and tries the dish, just to make Sam “let him be”, and finds it quite tasty, happily responding, “I do so like green eggs and ham. Thank you. Thank you, Sam-I-am.

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