Monday, September 27, 2010

A Special 50th Anniversary Green Eggs and Ham Contest

I actually remember when I first heard Green Eggs & Ham in school. I pretty much thought it was the most brilliant story ever written. Years later, I still have an appreciation for all of the work of Dr. Seuss having used it with my English language students and reading students. Despite the fact that these books are marketed towards children, they have a universal appeal and transcend the age barrier. I was so delighted when my adult Japanese students would tell me they bought the books we used in class for their own pleasure.

So it's my joy to share with you news about a special 50th Anniversary contest celebrating Green Eggs and Ham, perhaps one of Dr. Seuess's best known works. Here are the details from the Suessville site:

Green Eggs And Ham celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and to celebrate we're giving away $2,000 cash, limited edition Dr. Seuss art prints, a year's supply of ham (you read that right!)--and much more--to Dr. Seuss fans who enter and get the most votes in the HAM It Up video contest!

Would you eat them in a box? Would you eat them with a fox? Now it's your turn! Act out a scene from Green Eggs And Ham, but don't be afraid to get creative. Perhaps you like your eggs with jam? Perhaps your ham's a Candygram! Once your masterpiece is complete, upload your video to our contest site and get your friends and family voting and sharing. The videos with the most votes after five weeks will be judged by a team at Random House Children's Books and Dr. Seuss to determine the best overall act. So what are we looking for? We want your most dramatic, your most creative, your funniest, and of course your very, very hammiest! The grand prize winner will take home $2,000 cash, a limited edition Dr. Seuss print worth over $3,000, a year's supply of ham from Ham-I-Am, a Flip cam, and the entire Dr. Seuss library!

I really hope a bunch of you will enter and then come back here and let us know about it! I'm actually trying to think up something clever I can do myself. :) Just remember the deadline is November 3rd.

But that's not all! We're having a little celebration right here! I have one copy of a special 50th Anniversary Party Edition to give away to one lucky reader. This is a highly collectible foil covered edition. To enter, just fill out the form below!

And please, everyone, leave a comment and share your favorite Dr. Seuss story with us all!

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