Published 1963 by Random House Publishing
George W. Bush quote:
“Ever since our twins, our twin daughters were toddlers, we would read to them at every possible opportunity. Sometimes when I sleep at night I think of Hop on Pop. We found it to be fun. And it’s important for parents to understand that it’s a part of the responsibility for being a good mom or dad to read to your children. As we try to serve out children better, we ought to keep in mind the wise words of Theodor Geisel – he, better-known as Dr. Seuss, the guy who wrote Hop on Pop. Children want the same things we want, to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted. We want our children, even the youngest children in America, to be challenged and entertained and delighted by learning.”
As the tagline states this is “The Simplest Seuss for the Youngest Use.” On each page there are a few words in full caps. This highlights what words are important. These words are then used in a short simple sentence on the same page so children can see how they’re used.
The words rhyme so that children can learn what letters create what sounds.
There is no plot or main character or even continual narrator. Each page brings new words and new characters in new situations. This makes it so children can focus on each page and the words that it presents.
Like all the other Beginner Books, there is no dedication.
Seuss snuck in inappropriate words in his drafts to his publisher, Bennett Cerf, to see if he was paying attention to the word list set for Beginner Books. One of the words he snuck in was “Con-Tra-Cep-Tive, Kan-Ga-Roo.” Cerf did notice and informed Seuss that they cannot include “contraceptive” in a children’s book.
Seuss included images of words that were not on the list, such as the image below of a cactus. This kept the vocabulary simple enough for very young readers, but still added a challenge for children and create fun images to make reading exciting.
The new cover only includes the children that hop on Pop within the book. They cut out “Pop” and made the cover blue with pink letters. I had a hard time understanding why they would use pink letters agains a blue background, but I realized that perhaps this is the simplest way to show a boy and a girl character and two colors associated with little boys and little girls to make the book inviting to both genders of young readers.
“Dad is sad.
Very, very sad.
He had a bad day.
What a day dad had!”
I really enjoy the second part to the Hop on Pop section. The visual of the kids jumping happily on Pop juxtaposed with the word STOP and angry dad with shocked kids makes me laugh. It’s a bit of a hint to kids that their Pop probably won’t like it if they hop on him.
Thanks for reading,