This is a great book because it shows us we should appreciate the things we have in life, even when we are feeling our worst. What is clever about it is that Seuss writes the book in such a way that we don't feel more depressed for learning that people have a much harder time than we do but makes us feel uplifted and inspired by what we do have.
'Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?' runs a great risk of being a preachy book, which is never good in any work of fiction but particularly children's picture books. However, the way that Seuss presents the book and the characters who are less fortunate than Duckie (the "you" in the story) is a comical and clever portrayal of all different hardships.
You wouldn't think it would make sense to make light of someone's tough circumstance but it is the absurdity of some of them that makes them so interesting. When it comes down to it, Seuss shows us that some people are born with disabilities, some have to work hard at multiple jobs for minimal pay and some just create their own stress.
Everyone has their own problems but it is the thought of being in the shoes of some of these characters that makes the reader appreciate the message of the story, without feeling that it is being shoved in their face.
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