Green Eggs and Ham BY Geisel, Theodor Seuss (Dr. Seuss)

Anyone with a heart beating in their chest has probably read and loved Dr. Seuss's classic children's book, Green Eggs and Ham. But just in case anyone's unfamiliar, here's a brief summary: our nameless protagonist is made the target of repeated harrassment on the part of his friend(?) Sam I Am, who wants him to try a bizarre dish of... you guessed it, green eggs and ham. Avowing that he does not care for the meal, the unnamed man/creature repeatedly declines Sam I Am's offer in a variety of settings (on a train, in a box, etc.) and with a parade of guests (a fox, a mouse, a goat) until he is finally worn down and succumbs. Upon finally trying the green eggs and ham, he discovers that he loves them, and thanks Sam I Am for his persistence. This story is definitely meant to convey a lesson, although precisely what lesson is up for debate. It's most likely meant to highlight the benefits of trying new things, although it makes an equally strong case for the efficacy of being a persistent pain in someone else's ass. And according to the People's Republic of China, who banned the book outright in 1965, it is also a problematic Marxist allegory. Now, I studied a good deal of Marx while earning an undergraduate degree in Sociology, but I'll admit that I'm pretty baffled by this one. Perhaps they objected to Sam I Am's ability to produce his own eggs and distribute them as he sees fit, rather than trusting in the benevolent power of the State. Or maybe they were simply troubled by the stirring revolutionary imagery of a man and a fox eating ham on a train. Whatever the case may have been, the ban was lifted in 1991 following Dr. Seuss's death.