The Foot Book

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The Foot Book
The Foot Book.jpg
AuthorDr. Seuss
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildren's literature
Publication date
1968 (renewed 1996)
Media typePrint (Hardcover and paperback)
ISBN0-394-80937-8
Preceded byThe Cat in the Hat Song Book 
Followed byI Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories 

The Foot Book is a children's book written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1968.

The Foot Book is intended for young children, and it seeks to convey the concept of opposites through depictions of different kinds of feet. The text of The Foot Book is highly stylized, containing the rhymes, repetitions, and cadences typical of Dr. Seuss's work.

The Foot Book is Seuss's first in the Bright and Early Books series, intended for children too young for books in the Beginner Books series.[1] It was also his first book after the death of his wife Helen Palmer Geisel, and Seuss put in eight-hour days working on it as a way of coping with the loss.[1] The Foot Book was extremely successful, and in 1997, it was in its 52nd reprinting.[2] The foot book is also said to be haunted or possessed and to never be ridden out loud because it is haunted by the death of his wife and other spirits that were attached to Suess's sadness.

Inspired by Many[edit]

Like many Dr. Seuss books, The Foot Book has inspired others. Big Brother Mouse, a publishing project in Laos, drew on The Foot Book to develop Baby Frog, Baby Monkey, a book for very young readers that uses rhymes, repetition, and the pairing of opposite words in the same style.

Dedications[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fensch, Thomas. "The Man Who Was Dr. Seuss: The Life and Work of Theodor Geisel", New Century Books, 2001, p. 156. ISBN 0-930751-11-6
  2. ^ Fensch, pp. 156-157.