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  • This is a story about a brother and sister who are bored on a rainy day.

  • There is a knock at the door and a Cat in a Hat walks in, a jovial character who is

  • all about fun. He tells the children that they can still have fun even if it's raining

  • outside.

  • However, the pet fish says no because their mother is out.

  • Despite the warning from the fish, the Cat in the Hat enters and they begin to play games.

  • He introduces two little creatures, Thing One and Thing Two, who run around the house

  • making a mess.

  • The boy finally catches the Things and says that they should go. The Cat in the Hat leaves.

  • The children see the mess and try to clean it up before their mother comes back home.

  • However, it's too much.

  • Fortunately, the Cat in the Hat returns with a machine that cleans up the mess before their

  • mother enters the house.

  • First, let's talk about names. Why is the cat in the hat? The cat is wearing the hat,

  • not inside of it. Generally, to be "in" something implies that the object that is "in" is smaller

  • than the object that is out. But we can clearly see that the cat is much larger than the hat...or

  • is it?

  • The physical hat is quite small, as it fits on the head of the cat. But the hat on his

  • head can come to represent the imagination of the Cat in the Hat, which is seemingly

  • boundless. So that everything, including the Cat, is within imagination.

  • Readers can then be encouraged to use their imagination as much as the Cat in the Hat.

  • That although the creation and manifestation of ideas and thoughts are physically limited

  • to the body, the implications and ramifications can be enough to encompass an entire world.

  • But what is the message that this story is telling children? To have wild fun and to

  • let a stranger walk into the house? Not exactly.

  • Readers are not necessarily supposed to relate to the children in the story, who really do

  • nothing but observe the fun.

  • The relatability and lessons come from the Cat in the Hat. Most importantly, the Cat

  • in the Hat cleans up after himself. He takes responsibility for his actions. And it is

  • this responsibility that children can take away.

  • The ending proposes a question to the reader, as to what they would do. Would they tell

  • their mother what happened or not? But does even posing this question suggest that children

  • should lie?

  • Again, not necessarily. But it does introduce the idea of withholding information, or the

  • truth, for some non-mischievous reason. That maybe it's not always in the best interest

  • to quickly tell the truth. That sometimes "truth" can be relative. Welcome to the complications

  • of life.

  • Life, unfortunately, isn't simply black or white, or in this instance, Red or White.

  • Right and wrong aren't always designated by gaping borders.

  • Sometimes, just sometimes, it's a little bit gray.

This is a story about a brother and sister who are bored on a rainy day.

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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (Review) - Minute Book Report

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