The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

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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 Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2011.
ISBN: 9780375964350
9780375864353
Branch Call Number: Z SEU
Characteristics: 69 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cohen, Charles D.

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mmcbeth29
Apr 04, 2015

This book contains 7 stories that were originally published in magazines towards the beginning of Seuss' career. The following stories are included:
The Bippolo Seed: A duck finds a seed that will grant him wishes. But a cat comes along to encourage the duck to wish bigger until he becomes so greedy he loses track of the seed and of his wishes.
The Rabbit, The Bear and the Zinniga-Zanniga: Bear wants to eat Rabbit. Rabbit wants to live. So Rabbit comes up with a clever way to convince Bear that he is deficient because of uneven eyelashes. Bear is concerned he is going to die, but Rabbit gives him a solution and runs away safely.
Gustav, the Goldfish: A boy is warned not to feed his goldfish, Gustav a lot, but doesn't listen to advice. He feeds Gustav a lot. The goldfish grows at an alarming rate until the man who sold the goldfish comes along and saves the day.
Tadd and Todd: Tadd and Todd are twins. But Tadd wants to be seen separately from his twin and tries all sorts of tricks to look different. The problem is, his twin anticipates his every change and changes also. Tadd has to come to terms with being two peas in a pod with his twin.
Steak for Supper: A boy mistakenly announces that he is going home and having steak for supper. The word gets out and he is followed home by a string of interesting creatures. Fortunately, he gets home to find stew awaiting instead and the uninterested creatures go home.
The Strange Shirt Spot: A boy comes home with a spot on his shirt. He tries to clean it, but the spot keeps attaching itself to something else. After much work, the spot lands right back where it started and the boy gets scolded by his mother anyway.
The Great Henry McBride: Henry dreams of what he wants to be when he grows up. He imagines that he can do several jobs at once since he likes so many.

The illustrations are colorful and interesting.

A few of these stories are quite interesting and a few are so so. My favorite is the Strange Shirt Spot. Unlike the zippy and zangy rhythm often found in Seuss' work, these short stories tend to be more tedious and wordy. They are definitely work taking a look at for serious Seuss fans. Advertized for ages 5-9.

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SingleMamma
Oct 13, 2012

This would be great for any story time group!

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Albertasaurus
Jan 02, 2012

Excellent stories - But then, I'm a "Seuss"-ophile

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