The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

by Dr. Seuss


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375864353
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 234,536
Product dimensions: 11.24(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Theodor Seuss Geisel—aka Dr. Seuss—is, quite simply, one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. The forty-four books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck; the Pulitzer Prize; and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

From the Hardcover edition.

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 19, 2011:
"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.", 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 unexpected treat...  The collection sings with Geisel's trademark rhyme, rhythm, wordplay and serious silly streak.  A must-have addition to your Seuss collection.", 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.", September 28, 2011
"The stories are pure Seuss — you cannot mistake the artwork or the made up 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’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.", 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.", 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…", 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.", 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.", 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.", 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."

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Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Teachers everywhere are eagerly awaiting the arrival of this latest Suess book so that a whole new generation of children can be exposed to the talent and imagination of Dr. Seuss. Thanks to Charles Cohen for finding these lost treasures!
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've loved Dr. Seuss since I was a child. I'm sure at one point or another, I've read every Seuss book available (and own most of them), so when I heard that there was going to be a "new" collection of stories published, both me and my inner child squealed in delight! The stories are taken from magazines that were published between the mid 1940s to late 1950s, and hadn't really been seen since these magazines had originally been published.These stories are quite clearly from early on in Dr. Seuss' writing career. They carry his inherit flare and whit that is prominent in all his writing, but they don't quite carry the "lesson learned" aspect that he became known for. Not that these elements aren't in these stories (such as "The Bippolo Seed," which deals with the dangers of greed), but they are only there marginally. It seems to me that Dr. Seuss wrote these tales more for pleasure and fun than really trying to bestow any kind of wisdom to his young readers as he would in his later books.If you're a fan of Dr. Seuss I'd highly recommend this book. The drawings have been reproduced in a color palette that wasn't available to magazine's of the time, but matches perfectly with the colors used in his published books. The foreword by renowned Seuss scholar, Charles Cohen (who tracked down each of the stories in the collection), is a fascinating look into the history around when each of the story's were written and helps show how Dr. Suess helped change how books were written for children. This is a real treat for any Seuss fan!
ReadHanded on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who isn't a fan of Dr. Seuss? His fun, rhyming stories with a moral taught many of us to read, or at least to enjoy words and the way they sound.In The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss, Charles D. Cohen, a leading Seuss scholar, tracked down and collected early Seuss stories previously only published in long-forgotten issues of magazines: "From 1948 through 1959, Ted Geisel published a series of short works that appeared in magazines, most of which were tossed out when the next month's issue arrives. Over time, these stories were largely forgotten. But after tracing references to them, I traveled to libraries to research their collections of these old magazines; investigated, photocopied, and chronicled the stories; and eventually tracked down and purchased copies of the original magazines through the Internet" (pg. 9).The result is a short collection of seven nearly-forgotten Seuss stories, each one imaginative, fun, and edifying.When flipping through the book, I noticed that one story, called "Gustav, the Goldfish" sounded very familiar. I knew that I had read the story before, and yet this was supposed to be a book of "lost" stories. In the introduction, Cohen explains: "Early editions of the popular Beginner Book A Fish out of Water included a claim on the dust jacket that the author, Helen Palmer, was 'married to an eccentric writer, Theo. LeSieg (himself a Beginner Book author.' By now, many people know that 'LeSieg' is 'Geisel' spelled backward and that Helen Palmer was Ted Geisel's first wife. What few people know is that her book was based on one of Ted's lost stories, 'Gustav, the Goldfish' (pg. 11).I must have read Palmer's book - Cohen says that "the basic stories in 'Gustav' and A Fish out of Water are identical" (pg. 11).Other stories in the book are "The Bippolo Seed", about a duck and a cat that get a little too greedy with their wishes; "The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga", about a rabbit that outsmarts a bear to save his life; "Tadd and Todd", about identical twins looking for their own unique identities; "Steak for Supper" which features quite a few of Seuss's inventive creatures; "The Strange Shirt Spot", the idea for which influences an important scene in the later The Cat in the Hat Comes Back; and "The Great Henry McBride", in which a boy imagines having many fabulous jobs when he grows up.The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories is a fun, quick read for Seuss fans like me. I highly recommend it.
shazzerwise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These are wonderful read-aloud stories - I particularly liked "Steak for Supper" with its strange and fantastic creatures and the titular "Bippolo Seed", which offers Seuss' trademark moral ending.
nexist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of stories that were only published in magazines in the years 1950 & 1951. The text to picture ratio is slanted more towards text than in the stories of which we are more familiar, however they still have the meter and rhyme for which Dr. Seuss is known. The stories have the typical moral lessons evident in later Seuss stories and you will see elements in these stories which were taken and expanded upon in his more famous works. An entertaining collection but more for the Seuss enthusiast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All Dr. Seuss story lovers will be so happy to know there are more stories now in print.
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