As soon as I saw the F&G of THE BIPPOLO SEED AND OTHER LOST STORIES BY DR. SEUSS, it went to the top of the TBR pile. I spent some time this morning going down memory lane. Not only did I have the Seuss books growing up, but about a decade ago Random House invited me to go to the Seuss exhibit at San Diego State University for a lovely dinner. It was both a learning experience (at the time I had no idea what other things Seuss had done other than create a generation of readers). It was also a great time with colleagues. My better half had the chance to meet Bonnie Kunzel and Susan Fichtelburg as well as Adrienne and Lisa from RH. I think he finally figured out then and there why I love YALSA and RH so much. *sighs with memory*
Here are stories that appeared in magazines in the early 50s, finally located and presented within the pages of this remarkable book. The introduction by Seuss scholar Charles Cohen was incredible in its detail, and his insightful observations about each story helped place them in context for me before I read them. Stories about greed, about growing up and making one's way in the world, about being careful and following directions are all here, echoing more classic stories such as THE CAT IN THE HAT and TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET. This is a gem, one to share with our students as they return to us next school yeqar. <249>
I wanted to include this snippet from the introduction to demonstrate that Geisel (Seuss) was also someone who thought a great deal about the state of reading education at the time:
"School book publishing houses all have...lists...of words kids can be expected to read...How they compile these lists is still a mystery to me." (p. 16) He goes on to talk about the fact that some say kids can only retain X number of words and yet can speak and listen to countless more. Underestimating what kids and what books can do has a long history (sighing again).