Usually, youngsters are the ones asking US questions ("But why, Grandma?" "Why not, Grandma?), but this neat book turns the questions around on them, and encourages their imaginations at the same time it teaches them to think things through, and express WHY they think something. What a great concept by Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)! This book is actually written under one of the pen names used by Geisel for books he authored but didn't illustrate, Theo. LeSieg (Geisel spelled backward). Roy McKie is the illustrator of this colorful book, which asks questions such as, "Tell me! Would you rather be a Dog... or be a Cat? It's time for you to think about important things like that. Would you rather be a Bullfrog... or be a Butterfly? Which one would you rather be? Come on, now. Tell me why." The simple words, rhymes, rhythms and questions, complemented by the colorful, cartoonish illustrations, make this such a fun tool in teaching kids to "use their noggins"!
Have to say that at this stage of the game, I have a much deeper internal reservoir of patience when it comes to my grandsons' questions than I probably did when I was a young mother of two sons, having to answer their seemingly endless inquiries at the end of a long day working outside of the home, fixing dinner, giving baths, etc. It's been such a wonderful opportunity to have a "do-over" of that time in my life, babysitting my grandsons for these past almost six years. Both Grandpa and I are delighted (and amused) by their questions, which reflect a wonderful curiosity and interest in learning! When it came time for our younger grandson's first Christmas, he was just 9 months old. Grandpa & I thought it would be a better idea - since we already had an overabundance of toddler toys in the house that our older grandson no longer played with - to have his gifts that year be the beginning of a complete collection of Dr. Seuss books. The older one (4 year age difference) was able to start enjoying the "Beginner Books" series (age 4-8) immediately, and the (now 22 month old) younger one has graduated from board books to this "Bright and Early Books" series, with the clever tag line of being "for Beginning Beginners" (age 3 & under). It's proven to be an excellent investment for us!
"Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog?" was the tenth of a dozen Dr. Seuss books in this series. In case you're interested, the other books in the series are: "The Foot Book", "The Eye Book", "Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?", "In A People House", "Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!", "The Shape of Me and Other Stuff", "The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice", "There's a Wocket in My Pocket!", "Great Day for Up", "Hooper Humperdink...? Not Him!", and "The Tooth Book".