With the excitement of a youngster who has found a hidden treasure, Charles D. Cohen, has compiled a book of seven short stories – The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss – written by Theodore Geisel before he became famous as the Dr. Seuss of The Cat in the Hat, and other tales. The stories appeared in magazines from 1940 to 1959, and Cohen offers an informative introduction detailing the references, including anecdotal sources, and a few notable reminders of Geisel’s genius.
Whether you are an adult with a penchant for “messages” in Dr. Seuss’s tales, or a child who cannot get enough of the rhyme scheme, the stories are fun to read:
The Bippolo Seed– a duck wishing for food, who asks for things he cannot use.
The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga – a rabbit who saves himself from a bear by using an eyelash.
Gustav, the Goldfish – a fish who overeats and keeps outgrowing his bowl.
Tadd and Todd – a pair of twins’ adventures
Steak for Supper – with Mulberry Street and a host of strange critters
The Strange Shirt Spot – the first time that bathtub spot from the Cat in the Hat makes an appearance in Seuss lore.
The Great Henry McBride – the possibilities of being able to do anything
If you are a fan of Dr. Seuss, you too will think you’ve discovered long-lost treasure.
On the surface silly and fun, Theodore Geisel’s humor has helped generations cope with more serious fare. As Dr. Seuss celebrates his 108th birthday today, a movie version of The Lorax, a tree-hugger before environmental issues were popular, is sustaining his influence.
Might be a good day to read his message…
“Unless someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.“
Cannot let this day go by without a tribute to Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. Of all his books, the favorite of one of my favorite people is Green Eggs and Ham…
I do not like green eggs and ham!
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
What’s your favorite?
You have over 60 books to choose from, and if you are an aspiring writer, keep in mind that Geisel’s first book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was rejected 29 times before being published.