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The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories Hardcover – Illustrated, Sept. 27 2011
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What’s better than a lost treasure? Seven lost treasures! These rarely seen Dr. Seuss stories were published in magazines in the early 1950s and are finally available in book form. They include “The Bippolo Seed” (in which a scheming feline leads a duck toward a bad decision), “The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga” (about a rabbit who is saved from a bear by a single eyelash), “Gustav, the Goldfish” (an early rhymed version of the Beginner Book A Fish Out of Water), “Tadd and Todd” (about a twin who is striving to be an individual), “Steak for Supper” (in which fantastic creatures follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner), “The Strange Shirt Spot” (the inspiration for the bathtub-ring scene in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back), and “The Great Henry McBride” (about a boy whose far-flung career fantasies are bested only by those of Dr. Seuss himself). An introduction by Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen traces the history of the stories, which demonstrate an intentional move toward the writing style we now associate with Dr. Seuss. Cohen also explores the themes that recur in well-known Seuss stories (like the importance of the imagination or the perils of greed). With a color palette enhanced beyond the limitations of the original magazines, this is a collection that no Seuss fan (whether scholar or second grader) will want to miss.
From the Publisher
|OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!||THE LORAX||YOU’RE ONLY OLD ONCE!||HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!||HORTON HEARS A WHO!||HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!|
|These funny but thought-provoking picture books are ideal for independent readers or reading aloud.||Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with humorous verse and whimsical illustrations.||Dr. Seuss’s beloved story teaches kids to treat the planet with kindness.||Just what the doctor ordered for new retirees, old souls, and kids at heart.||The perfect celebration of the person you were born to be.||A tiny speck of dust contains an entire miniature world--Who-ville.||Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays.|
|ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH||GREEN EGGS AND HAM||THE CAT IN THE HAT||HOP ON POP||DR. SEUSS'S BEGINNER BOOK COLLECTION||DR. SEUSS'S SECOND BEGINNER BOOK COLLECTION|
|Beginner Books combine a blend of words and pictures that encourage kids to read-all by themselves.||This book has everything a beginning reader needs!||Unmistakable characters and signature rhymes.||The timeless tale from Dr. Seuss about the cat in his hat who visits Sally and her brother.||The rollicking rhythm will keep kids entertained on every page.||An ideal gift for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds.||This boxed set of of five beloved Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss will be cherished by young and old alike.|
|THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE SPACE!||OH SAY CAN YOU SAY DI-NO-SAUR?||INSIDE YOUR OUTSIDE!||HARK! A SHARK!||ON BEYOND BUGS||MY, OH MY--A BUTTERFLY!|
|This series of nonfiction books introduces basic science—in Seussian style—to beginning readers.||An out of this world reading adventure through outer space!||Journey through the fascinating world of dinosaurs!||The Cat in the Hat takes a ride through the human body.||A fascinating exploration of the world of sharks.||All you ever wanted to know about insects.||Observe the metamorphosis of an egg into a caterpillar into a chrysalis into a bright new butterfly!|
"The stories' rhymed couplets are pitch-perfect, the verse's rhythm as snappy as in any of Seuss's better-known works...[F]ans old and young will deem these 'lost' stories a tremendous find."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2011:
"The buffed-up illustrations look brand new, and...the writing is as fresh, silly and exhilarating as it must have been when first seen. The good Doctor may be dead these 20 years, but he’s still good for splendid surprises."
ChildrensBooksGuide.com, 2011's Best Children's Books
"…Everything you’d expect from this master… Chock full of rhyming, goofy characters and whimsical illustrations."
San Francisco Chronicle, October 30, 2011
"...A treasure trove from one of the greats of children's literature...an unexpected treat... The collection sings with Geisel's trademark rhyme, rhythm, wordplay and serious silly streak. A must-have addition to your Seuss collection."
BoingBoing.net, October 27, 2011
"...A new Seuss collection is reason to celebrate...and Bippolo Seed is more than a curiosity or a completist's collection of offcuts -- much of the material in this book stands with Seuss's best-loved work. The illustrations are classic Seuss and full of wit and irreverence…"
The Atlantic, September 27, 2011
"...A fantastic new collection...More than just a literary gem, which it certainly is…"
The Baltimore Examiner, September 28, 2011
"Truly a great piece of treasure for your family's library!"
USA Today, October 5, 2011
"Did you know a bunch of 'lost' Dr. Seuss stories were unearthed recently?...As one would expect with Seuss, they're incredibly clever."
Wired.com, September 28, 2011
"The stories are pure Seuss — you cannot mistake the artwork or the made up words...my son...enjoyed them for what they are— little stories that teach some sort of lesson."
The Mac Observer, October 18, 2011
"If you or someone you know, whether large or small, is a Seuss fan, go get a copy of The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories...it’s excellent stuff."
Cracking the Cover (blog), October 13, 2011
"Books by Dr. Seuss are classic...passed on from generation to generation… When he died in 1991…no one expected to see new work from him again… Each of these tales is a rhythmical delight with the tongue-twisting text we’ve come to expect from Dr. Seuss. The illustrations are wacky, playful and colorful...and each of these tales is sure to spark imagination."
Readings.com, September 26, 2011
"...Clever, witty and engaging, with pitch-perfect rhyming couplets and his distinctive illustrations…they will provide...readers with the sheer delight of enjoying more Seuss-isms."
Apptudes.com, October 5, 2011
"Little imaginations will be delighted with more nonsensical Seussish characters to love and entertaining stories with which to sharpen their reading skills…Each story is chock full of Dr Seuss genius and inventive use of words…"
Giggleapps.com, October 17, 2011
"A wonderful anthology of stories…, each full of the wondrous Dr. Seuss style of imaginative...characters, beautifully odd illustrations, and fantastical rhyming prose… They are important works of early Dr. Seuss."
BestAppsforKids.com, October 19, 2011
"Fans of Dr. Seuss will especially love this addition to the collection...and [it] will surely become a bedtime favorite…Dr. Seuss is always great and these "lost stories" are bound to delight."
Digital-Storytime.com, September 27, 2011
"…A wonderful collection of seven stories… They are exceptional and will enchant both young readers and older ones alike… the illustrations are also exceptional, capturing the familiar whimsy of Seuss…"
Excelsiorfile, October 11, 2011
"A collection of tales featuring…that cadence…that is as distinctly Seuss as iambic pantamenter is to Shakespeare. To read the book…it is almost impossible to not begin by reading aloud…and to do so…reveals some interesting information about…the development of that cadence we know by heart and memory... And for those older Seuss fans its an even better reminder of what can and should be expected in terms of books for young readers."
Hooray for Books! Indepedent Bookstore, October 14, 2011
"Fans of Seuss will know to expect outlandish creatures, exuberant rhyme, funny adventures, and even a little food for thought. You’ll find all that and more in 'Bippolo Seed.' This book is a fantastic find for Seuss fans of all ages...!"
Barnes and Noble, September 2011
"Children, their parents, and their grandparents will all treasure this singular batch of rarely seen…stories…these tales exude the sprightliness that we have all come to associate with the…master."
Lunch.com, September 30, 2011
"I tip my hat to Dr. Cohen for his love of Dr. Seuss' vision and the work that went into tracking down these tales. If not for him, future generations might never have been able to experience this amazing collection."
About the Author
Contributor CHARLES D. COHEN is a graduate of Haverford College and the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has been a practicing dentist for over twenty-five years. Dr. Cohen first became enchanted with the works of Dr. Seuss as a child and he began purchasing early edition of Seuss books in college. Today, Dr. Cohen's trove of Seussiana is likely the most comprehensive private collection in the world. It is his hope to create a museum to preserve the full Seuss legacy by protecting the pieces for posterity. He is the author of the The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss.
- Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (Sept. 27 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 72 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375864350
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375864353
- Item weight : 399 g
- Dimensions : 21.11 x 0.99 x 28.73 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #165,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Graphics as usual are great, story is typically Dr. Seuss, rhyming, and wonderful words. The book actually has several stories in them. They are little shorter than typical Dr. Seuss story, but still great.
The Bippolo Seed
When a young duck finds a rare seed that can grant any wish, a sly cat sees a chance for a profit… but what will greed cost the duck? Excellent moral.
The Rabbit, the Bear, & the Zinniga-Zanniga
Oh, this was just absolutely hilarious! Good moral—a rabbit must use his wits to escape a bear—but really, the fun was in the reading, even if I suppose the rabbit was lying… I hadn’t considered that at the time ;P
Gustav the Goldfish
Short and a little predictable, pure nonsense, but with a good moral (ask for help with problems are too big + follow instructions/rules, because they’re there for a reason!).
Tadd & Todd
I was a little surprised with this one—expected a theme of “it’s okay to be different”—but I liked the message of finding contentment!
Steak for Supper
What happens when you don’t keep your lips “buttoned” and more and more people queue after you, repeating their own versions of your words? Again, an excellent moral and great fun.
The Strange Shirt Spot
I was delighted by how the little boy owned up to his mistake! A good moral of “be sure your sins will always find you out.”
The Great Henry McBride
Aw, this was just cute and funny and sweet all at once. ;)
"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.