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The Cat in the Hat

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The Cat in the Hat

by Dr. Seuss

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SEUSS, Dr. The Cat in the Hat. [NY]: Random House [1957]. 8vo, [ii] 62pp. Color pictorial boards. Color pictorial endpapers; color illustrations on every page. Minute wear to spine ends and corners, slight foxing to interior edges of boards, hinges mended, else a clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (light wear to corners and edges, minute scratching to front and some light soiling to rear).

First edition, first state (Younger/Hirsch #7). Challenged by Josh Hersey to create a basic reader that would be far more appealing to children than "Dick and Jane" and other such standard fare, Seuss created a classic that sold over a million copies in its first few years and went on to become one of the most beloved children's books of the 20th century. Named to both School Library Journal's Top 100 Picture Books of all time and The National Education Association's list of Teacher's Top 100 Books for children, it would be hard to find an American child or adult today who did not know The Cat in the Hat.

Synopsis

The Cat in the Hat is a children's book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss and first published in 1957.  The story centers on a tall anthropomorphic cat who wears a red and white-striped hat and a red bow tie. The Cat shows up at the house of Sally and her brother on a rainy day while they are home alone. Despite the repeated objections of the children's fish, the Cat shows the children a few of his tricks in an attempt to entertain them. In the process, he and his companions, Thing One and Thing Two, wreck the house. The children and the fish become more and more alarmed until the Cat produces a machine that he uses to clean everything up and disappears just before the children's mother comes home. The Cat and the Hat  inaugerated the Beginner Books Series, promoting both the Dr. Seuss name and the cause of elementary literacy in the United States.

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Bookseller
Books of Wonder US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
1049257
Title
The Cat in the Hat
Author
Dr. Seuss
Illustrator
Dr. Seuss
Format/Binding
Color pictorial boards
Book condition
Used
Quantity-available
1
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Random House
Place of Publication
NY
Date Published
1957
Size
8vo
Size
8vo

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Books of Wonder is NYC's oldest and largest independent children's bookstore, specializing in both new and old books. Established in 1980, Books of Wonder has a store in the Flatiron/Chelsea area of Manhattan.

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