The Foot Book is intended for young children, and it seeks to convey the concept of opposites through depictions of different kinds of feet. The text of The Foot Book is highly stylized, containing the rhymes, repetitions, and cadences typical of Dr. Seuss’s work. Reading this book will teach the reader that you should not judge any one because of what they look like or in this case their feet. The Foot Book is Seuss’s first in the Bright and Early Books series, intended for children too young for books in the Beginner Books series. It was also his first book after the death of his wife Helen Palmer Geisel, and Seuss put in eight-hour days working on it as a way of coping with his loss. The Foot Book was extremely successful, and as of 1997, it was in its 52nd reprinting.
Known for its rhyme scheme and simplistic theme, The Foot Book is an excellent tool for beginning readers. By repeating and rhyming similar words in colorful ways, readers develop the skills necessary to progress their vocabulary toward larger words much easier. In typical Seuss-fashion, The Foot Book intertwines lessons about opposite concepts in with everything a child could ever imagine about feet.