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Green Eggs and Ham Writing Prompt

"I would not like them here or there.

I would not like them anywhere.

I do not like green eggs and ham.

I do not like them, Sam-I-Am."

--from Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss


Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) was challenged to write a book using only 50 words. The challenge came from Bennett Cerf of Random House--he bet Seuss $50 that he could not write a book using only 50 words. The result was his 1960 book, Green Eggs and Ham. Legend has it that although Seuss won, Cerf never paid him the $50.


The 50 words that make up the book are, in alphabetical order: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.


Your writing challenge is to also take Cerf's challenge: write a poem, journal entry, or flash fiction piece that uses just 50 words. have fun with the repetition that will surely result!


If this is not enough of a challenge, try this: use 25 of the words from Green Eggs and Ham in your piece of writing.







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