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.