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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
by Dr. Seuss

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Theme of Dissatisfaction

Cheer up, Ned. It ain't as bad as you think. Ned's dissatisfaction affects every aspect of his life, making him seem more like the gloomy protagonist in a Dostoevsky novel than a silly Dr. Seuss character with a bow tied in his hair. As the rest of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish gallops by filled with wonder and surprises, Ned is stuck in his cloud of gloom and doom. He continues to whine about just about everything, all the while staving off any positive thoughts at all.

Questions and Answers

Questions the little ones might ask and how you might respond

Q: Why is Ned so grumpy all the time?
A: Hmm. Probably because he chooses to be. Don't you think he should just get up and at 'em? He'd be a bit happier if he bothered.

Q: Why doesn't Ned just buy a new bed?
A: Great question. Maybe he secretly likes his bed. Maybe he's afraid that if he ditches it for a California King Size, he'll have nothing to gripe about, and then what'll he do with his time?

Q: Why's a bed so important?
A: It's not. I'm betting Ned's upset about something entirely different. What do you think that might be?

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