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The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
by Dr. Seuss and Charles D. Cohen

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It's the literary equivalent of buried treasure--seven rarely seen stories by Dr. Seuss! Originally published in magazines between 1948 and 1959, they include "The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga," about a rabbit who is saved from a bear via a single eyelash; "Gustav the Goldfish," an early, rhyming version of the Beginner Book A Fish out of Water ; "Tadd and Todd," a tale passed down on a photocopy to generations of twins; "Steak for Supper," about fantastic creatures who follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner; "The Bippolo Seed," in which a scheming feline leads an innocent duck to make a bad decision; "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 were bested only by those of Dr.  Read more...


 
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Overview

It's the literary equivalent of buried treasure--seven rarely seen stories by Dr. Seuss! Originally published in magazines between 1948 and 1959, they include "The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga," about a rabbit who is saved from a bear via a single eyelash; "Gustav the Goldfish," an early, rhyming version of the Beginner Book A Fish out of Water; "Tadd and Todd," a tale passed down on a photocopy to generations of twins; "Steak for Supper," about fantastic creatures who follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner; "The Bippolo Seed," in which a scheming feline leads an innocent duck to make a bad decision; "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 were bested only by those of Dr. Seuss himself.

For each story, Seuss scholar/collector Charles D. Cohen offers a brief introduction that explores recurrent themes and images, such as fish and twins. With a color palette that has been enhanced beyond the limitations of the original magazines, this is a collection of stories that no Seuss fan will want to miss.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375864353
  • ISBN-10: 0375864350
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: September 2011
  • Page Count: 72
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-9

Series: Classic Seuss

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Readers - Beginner
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Classics
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-08-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

This volume collects seven joyous Seuss stories that were published in Redbook in 1950 and 1951 but had never appeared in book form. In an insightful introduction, Seussian scholar Charles D. Cohen notes that Seuss wrote these tales at a transitional point in his career, when he grasped the importance of using the sounds of words to hook children on reading. The stories’ rhymed couplets are pitch-perfect, the verse’s rhythm as snappy as in any of Seuss’s better-known works. In the title story, a duck and a cat’s greed spins out of control as they imagine everything that they’ll wish for from a magical seed. In “Steak for Supper,” an outlandish menagerie follows a boy home to dine: “A Nupper for supper! A Gritch! And a Grickle!/ And also an Ikka! Oh, boy! What a pickle!” These creatures and others are portrayed with Seuss’s trademark exaggeration and whimsy. The limitations of the source material are occasionally apparent—the longer stories overcrowd certain pages with text, the artwork sometimes feeling stretched to fit the format. Regardless, fans old and young will deem these “lost” stories a tremendous find. Ages 6–9. (Sept.)

 
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