A Hole Is to Dig: A First Book of First Definitions

A Hole Is to Dig A First Book of First Definitions What would you say about eye brows Miss Krauss and the many children who made suggestions re visions additions and subtractions to this book say Eyebrows are to go over eyes A face A face is someth

  • Title: A Hole Is to Dig: A First Book of First Definitions
  • Author: Ruth Krauss Maurice Sendak
  • ISBN: 9780060234058
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What would you say about eye brows Miss Krauss and the many children who made suggestions, re visions, additions and subtractions to this book say, Eyebrows are to go over eyes A face A face is something to have on the front of your head Also, a face is so you can make faces Hands Well, hands are to hold And also a hand is to hold up when you want your turnWhat would you say about eye brows Miss Krauss and the many children who made suggestions, re visions, additions and subtractions to this book say, Eyebrows are to go over eyes A face A face is something to have on the front of your head Also, a face is so you can make faces Hands Well, hands are to hold And also a hand is to hold up when you want your turn A party is to say how do you do and shake hands and also a party is to make little children happy Of course, a brother is to help you, a package is to look inside, arms are to hug with, and a book is to look at.And children will take this book of words and pictures to their hearts.

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    1. I read all these old-timey books when I was a kid - this is from 1952 - and came away with all these ideas like, for example, that trains are for wearing bonnets on. (This turns out not to be the case.) But I also learned that and that is true.

    2. I looked at the 1-3 star reviews of Ruth Krauss' book here, at , Library Thing etc. A handful of people hate this book flat outI suspect but do not know that they never made castles out of their Golden Books or gasped at night as they stared into the night sky and thought about how truly small they were as a speck on the crust of a planet spinning around in the universal equivalent of the back 40 of a single galaxy. Others seemed to have been charmed by a phrase or Sendak's drawings and then sur [...]

    3. My favorite "A lap is so you don't get crumbs on the floor." In my real life (This one, where I am a part-time legal secretary, sleeping in my sister's closet, can't be it.) I write little books like this, with small black and white drawings, in collaboration with children. Charming, playful, and honest. I am having difficulty returning it to the library.

    4. Remarkably funny considering it was written in 1952 before funny existed. The illustrations by Maurice Sendak are, of course, fabulous and the text is, too. "A tablespoon is to eat a table with"

    5. This small book with its celery green cover and whimsical but simple drawings is a must-have for the adult with young children. My 1969 copy has fanciful black and white penned drawings with barn-red ink to describe what is going on. I understand that Ms. Krauss had children make suggestions and revisions before completing this little novelty. And with the exception of one minor issue with matches, the content is still up-to-date.Anyone with young ones will realize in a heartbeat that the wordag [...]

    6. I learned that this book existed over at a discussion of a childhood favorite of mine: A Friend is Someone Who Likes You. This book was published in 1952 and I’m surprised that I don’t remember it as a part of my childhood, but I believe this is the first time I’ve read it.It’s one I think I’d have enjoyed a lot more as a kid, especially as a kid in the 1950s. But, I did find it charming in its own way.My favorite page was “Dogs are to kiss people” because how could I not fall in l [...]

    7. the subtitle a first book of first definitions could be misleading and i can certainly understand the few "i dont get it" reviews on here. with a simple glance, there doesn't appear to be any rhyme or reason to the "definitions" krauss has put on these pages - but that is exactly why i love it. for example: "a watch is to hear it tick" and right below it "dishes are to do" - these dictums or philosophies (as it could very well be) are random, simple, and merely a child's truth. they convey the i [...]

    8. I know, I know - this is a classic book for young people, and one that was even available WHEN I WAS A KID! Nevertheless, I hadn't read it before. It obviously has no plot, just a series of fanciful definitions accompanied by the first children's illustrations of Maurice Sendak. I was intrigued by some of the side things going on - odd animals and characters at the sides of pages, the diminution of traditional, restrictive manners lessons in favor of more enjoyable ("Hands are to hold" over "A h [...]

    9. This is one of the books I read at the Maurice Sendak exhibition in the Comtemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. There is a story that the words tell, and there are also layered stories in the accompanying illustrations. Even for books that he illustrates and does not author, Sendak enhances the rich texture of the text. Most of his stories and illustrations deal with the horror of the holocaust.This book is simple at face value and deep at the same time. It tells children what things can be u [...]

    10. One of the best pictures books I've ever seen. It can be quite poetic, deep and philosophical. I've been wanting to read it for about 5 years now!The ground is to make a garden.Hands are to hold. Arms are to hug with.A castle is to build in the sand.

    11. For many many months now you have enjoyed parceling out pieces of cake to your reader, yourself, and those in adjacent rooms when you get to the party page. You also love the parade and the jumping in the mud page.

    12. Rugs are so dogs have napkins. A book is to look at. A tablespoon is to eat a table with. A face is something to have on the front of your head.I love, love, love this! I will have to buy this one, to borrow it is not enough.

    13. "The world is so you have something to stand on.""The sun is so it can be a great day."Cosi loves doing the actions associated with the definitions ("noses are to rub" or "ears are to wiggle."). I have never grown tired of reading this.

    14. I read this on the recommendation of Robert Anton Wilson - a collection of words defined by children too young to have been assimilated into semantic conventions.

    15. I am going to read children's books in between my Erich Fromm books, philosophy, and weighty fiction. Because while a book holds much information, it is also 'to look at.'

    16. Terrific, wonderful, everyone should have a copy of it! Loved it as a kid, discovered it again in Dr. John Cech's class.

    17. This "First book of first definitions" is made up of "suggestions, revisions, additions (and subtractions)" by the author and several children. A cute reader for youngsters.

    18. A clever, funny little book worth a perusal for the cute illustrations by Sendak. Kind of essential for a young reader, in my opinion.

    19. "Mud is to jump in and slide in and yell doodleedoodleedoo," according to"A Hole Is To Dig: A First Book Of First Definitions," by Ruth Krauss, with pictures by Maurice Sendak. After reading that sentence, I thought,"Why haven't I done that?" Of course that's what mud is for. All along I've been thinking it's this messy nuisance that I try to avoid.This book is a celebration of life, from the viewpoint of children, whom Ms. Krauss interviewed for the book. In the acknowledgements, she writes,"Th [...]

    20. Maurice Sendak illustrated this "First Book of First Definitions," which was first published in 1952. The book is enchanting, witty, poignant, hilarious, and philosophical. I dip into it often, just to take renewed--or first-time--delight in a particular pairing of Sendak's unmistakable black drawings and the accompanying sepia text, all so simply presented.I display my little 5-by-6 1/2-inch paperback copy among the objects most beautiful to me: rocks, raku pottery, barnacles, abalone shells, f [...]

    21. I LOVE this book. It is hand-sized, so may not be the best choice for a story time. It has no story line. About six pages in is the page illustrating "A hole is to dig". Read this page and perhaps a few others and move on to another book. In my opinion, this is a MUST HAVE book.If using this with the theme "Imagination Express", feature the letter "i" in your display and for a craft make "imagination caps". I often prep young children for the first story in a program by reciting and doing action [...]

    22. Every time I read this and its companion books I fall in love with little children all over again. And I want to be a little child again, and never grow up, not even to be as old as Peter Pan. Krauss does a marvelous job of editing, while remaining, clearly, obviously true to the children's voices.This time I'm thinking about the artwork. Sendak made the children fairly generic. I can't tell if he's drawn about half a dozen kids over & over, or if each is meant to be unique but in any case h [...]

    23. Now this is a jewel! The cover looks kind of boring and too busy, but the pages inside are a great mix of simple bits of text with detailed happenings going on, drawn by Maurice Sendak. For example, one page says "Snow is to roll in" with a little "Buttons are to keep people warm" written in the corner, all showing a bunch of kids out in the snow. Lots to look at if someone wants to take the time. There's also a lot of play with the different ways things can be "for" something else, e.g:"Little [...]

    24. Funny, cute definitions to words. The pictures are by Maurice Sendak. Our favorite definition was "A floor is so you don't fall in the hole your house is in."I liked and agreed with this quote from the back flap of the cover:Ruth Krauss is the author of many children's favorites. To quote Elementary English: "A Ruth Krauss book is to look at over and over again, to quote from and laugh at and talk about, and even hug lovingly and drop off to sleep with."We've also read "The Backward Day" and lov [...]

    25. Publicado pela Kalandraka, este livro reforça uma mensagem positiva sobre várias funções das coisas, ilustrando situações e para que servem. Com desenhos de outro grande génio, Maurice Sendak, Ruth Krauss conta as 'primeiras explicações' de tudo, para as crianças. Percebemos para que serve uma cova, um irmão, o puré de batata e, por fim, para que servem os livros. Um livro carregado de pequenos pensamentos muito positivos, com vários momentos de humor (dados pelo texto e pelo desenh [...]

    26. There is really no basic rhyme or reason to this book. I think it's just for sheer entertainment for children. Great Sendak pictures which can keep children occupied a few minutes on some pages. Some randomly thrown in humor, which I guess corresponds with a child's random brain flow? I don't think this should be considered one of the top 100 Children's books, but it's also not one to pass just because it's old and leaves at least this adult going "huh"

    27. This classic book of definitions tells us what things are really for. This comes up in my library's catalog under the category of philosophy, and I actually think that's accurate.Read at Read-Along Story Time on 6/13/13: storytimesecrets/

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