Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A little Green Eggs and Ham please

Kiddy Lit Trivia Question:

What was the $50 bet between editor Bennett Cerf and Theodor Geisel --- aka Dr. Seuss -- that resulted in the children's classic Green Eggs and Ham?

Answer Tuesday evening

And, as promised, the answer is: According to 365 Amazing Trivia Facts Calendar, Cerf bet Geisel that he couldn't write a book using 50 words or less. Geisel won.

(With many teachers serving green eggs to students as an activity with this book.)


Songbird said...

I wish I knew!
Those mittens finally got into the mail yesterday. Sorry it took so long.

Poor Mad Peter said...

Ted Geisel (Dr Seuss) was bet by Bennett Cerf that he could not write a children's book with a vocabulary of only 100 words (Might have the number wrong, but the bet is basically accurate). In part, that accounts for all the repetition in the book.

jo(e) said...

Is Poor Mad Peter right?

Because now I am dying to know.

Purechristianithink said...

I heard the same story as Peter only it was Cat in the Hat.

Cathy said...

Poor Mad Peter - you are so close!!!