DR.SEUSS STYLE

We all know that Dr. Seuss has a very unique writing style, but just what are these traits that make his stories so fun? There are several common characteristics that can be seen in most of Dr. Seuss’ books that make them so entertaining and easy to read…

· A lot of rhyme!

o Most of Dr. Seuss’ works are written using simple end rhymes that make his stories sound more pleasing to the ears. For example, look at this line from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish:

“From there to here, and here to there,

funny things are everywhere.”

Dr. Seuss uses this same kind of rhyming throughout most of his stories, making the lines a lot less boring than ordinary sentences!

· A special rhythm…

o Rhythm is the word used to describe the beat of the words we hear. The different way we stress the sounds in a sentence or line of a poem can make the words more interesting and make them “flow” together better. Dr. Seuss wrote with a special rhythm called “trisyllabic meter,” which means that every third syllable of his stories is more stressed than the others. For example, read these lines from Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories:

“And today the Great Yertle, that Marvelous he

Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see.

Did you notice how your voice put more emphasis on the bolded parts of the words? That is Dr. Seuss’ rhythm! Using this type of rhythm makes his books much easier and more fun to read — they almost sound more like songs than stories!

· New, imaginative creatures and words!

o Throughout all of Dr. Seuss’ stories, you will find many made-up words and creatures. Even though his characters are wacky (Who has ever heard of an Oobleck or a Sneetch?!) and his words are outrageous (like “boom-pahs” and “Schloppity-Schlopp”), they make his stories much more exciting. You can find a dictionary of all of Dr. Seuss’ made up words and characters here!

· Then there are the pictures…

o Dr. Seuss did all of the drawings for his books. He drew his characters and backgrounds with a very individual style. The creatures that he draws are often more rounded and droopier than things appear in real life. And while his earlier books started out in black and white, with just a few colors, most of Dr. Seuss’ more recent books are very colorful. The colors and style with which Dr. Seuss illustrates just adds to the fun found in the funny language of his stories!

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