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An Unexpected Treat for Those Who Can't Get Enough of Dr. Seuss!,
This review is from: The Bippolo Seed and other lost stories (Dr Seuss) (Hardcover)
Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! They say of me, 'Does he not speak parables?'" -- Ezekiel 20:49 (NKJV)
"Lost" stories by a favorite author are irresistible to me. Seuss scholar Dr. Charles D. Cohen has done us a great favor by tracking down these seven stories that had only appeared in magazines previously and helping to provide them in a better than first published form by adding better color to the illustrations. His introduction explains how the book came to be published and places the stories into the context of Dr. Seuss's career and his other stories. Thank you Dr. Cohen!
Since these stories were originally published between 1948 and 1959, don't expect his most powerful work and most polished verses. The seed of the future greatness is certainly there to read and savor in important messages. These are shorter stories than the later ones, and as such are more to the point . . . a blessing for the youngest hearers and readers.
The Bippolo Seed has a theme of how greed can cause you to lose focus on what's important in just the way a young person can appreciate (having seen many adults, I'm sure, make similar mistakes).
The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga demonstrates that brains count more than size and strength while having a little fun with gullibility.
Gustav, the Goldfish, may remind you of the story, "A Fish out of Water," and Disney classic cartoon, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." I love the drawings!
Tadd and Todd is about identical twins who differ on the desirability of looking the same. The story provides great opportunities for the wonderful Seuss imagination and illustrations of whimsical things.
Steak for Supper demonstrates the fantastic imagination that children have . . . and how it can cause them some grief. This one features many fantastic creatures in the best Seuss tradition.
The Strange Shirt Spot may remind you of part of The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. The morale of the story is that it's a good idea to do what your parents tell you to do.
The Great Henry McBride takes on the subject of youthful dreams about growing up . . . with a gentle, but firmly humorous, touch.
Is this, then, the best of Seuss?
No, no one would be that loose!
But these stories will bring,
Smiles enough for a queen or a king.
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