On Beyond Zebra!

On Beyond Zebra!

by Dr. Seuss, Stan Berenstain


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If you think the alphabet stops with Z, you are wrong. So wrong. Leave it to Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell (with a little help from Dr. Seuss) to create an entirely new alphabet beginning with Z! This rhyming picture book introduces twenty new letters and the creatures that one can spell with them. Discover (and spell) such wonderfully Seussian creations as the Yuzz-a-ma-Tuzz and the High Gargel-orum. Readers young and old will be giggling from beginning to end . . . or should we say, from Yuzz to Hi!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394800844
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/12/1955
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 145,284
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The 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.

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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On Beyond Zebra (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BklynBette More than 1 year ago
Both my children, now 37 and 33 loved this book. Purchased for my grandchildren and neighbors children. They want to hear it again and again.Makes everyone smile every time we read it. The illustrations are wonderful, as always. What a great partnership: Dr Seuss and Stan Berenstain. A long time gift to parent and child. Enjoy!
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell has learned his 26-letter alphabet! But then the book explores all the other letters that exist past the letter Z. Such a cute story for children and an amazing picture book from Dr. Seuss. I just love his books and his messages to children!
PigOfHappiness on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dr. Seuss presents letters often neglected in traditional teachings of the alphabet. These letters exist beyond Z and thus beyond zebra. Using his crazy sense of humor, Dr. Seuss creates tons of imaginative letters and things (mostly creatures) that start with them! Appropriate for preschool and beyond...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
highly recomended for early readers to older children.... very funny and beautiful pictures... a simple MUST-HAVE! i never heard of it a year ago now i read it... its won-der-ful!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Fabulous. This book is a wonderful example of setting forth into a world of discovery and creativity. It encourages readers to stretch beyond the common, beyond the expected, and discover wonders for themselves. Wonderful for readers of all ages. As Dr. Seuss says, 'So, on beyond Z! It's high time you were shown/ That you really don't know all there is to be known.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doctor Seuss has taught us all to enjoy flawless humor, good fantasy, and fantastic illustrations. So it was a great surprise to me when this book didn't carry off its premise smoothly. The book is a satire on those alphabet books that all children trudge through to learn their ABCs. A is for apple, and so forth, is the predictable format. Here, Dr. Seuss adjusts the format to be about animals. 'A is for Ape. And B is for Bear.' The story opens with Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell announcing, 'I know all the twenty-six letters like that . . . .' Our narrator disagrees. 'But not me.' 'In the places I go there are things that I see that I never could spell if I stopped with the Z.' 'My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends.' Now, here's the problem. Although the book has many interesting and new letters and creatures, each letter is actually just a combination of the first twenty-six. For example, YUZZ is the first new letter, and is illustrated by the tall and hairy Yuzz-a-ma-Tuzz. Although a sort of symbol is established to represent the letter, Dr. Seuss doesn't use the symbol in the rhyme. He always refers to the letter as YUZZ. Dr. Seuss could have used his new letter symbol wherever it fit into the rhyme, or he could have made up letters that were not combinations of the first twenty-six letters. Either approach would have worked. I suspect that the structure in the book can either consciously or subconsciously confuse a new reader about what a letter is, what a syllable is, and what a word is. It's all quite unnecessary. If Dr. Seuss had used his new symbols to form new words, that would have been a nice basis for helping English readers learn how to move back and forth between English and languages with different methods of representation, like Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Hebrew. So, the book's a bit of a missed opportunity in this direction, too. My suggestion is that if you want to have fun with the story anyway (because the creatures are pretty swell), simply point out that Dr. Seuss made a little goof and clarify the point about what a letter is in whatever way makes the most sense to you for where your child is in reading readiness. The animals and their names are terrific, and you will enjoy them and their illustrations. Here's a partial list: Wumbus ('my high-spouting whale who lives on a hill'), Umbus ('a sort of a cow' with 98 or 99 'faucets' for giving milk), Humpf-Humpf-a-Dumpfer, Miss Fuddle-dee-Duddle (a bird with the longest tail), Glikker (blue and small, eats seeds, and juggles cinammon seeds), Nutch (lives in small caves that are in short supply), Sneedle (a mos-keedle with a sharp hum-dinger stinger on its head), Quandery (a red creature on shells in the ocean that worries a lot), Thnadner (the big one has a small shadow and the small one a big shadow), Spazzin (a camel-like creature with amazing horns for carrying baggage), Floob-Boober-Bab-Boober-Bah (fish you can use like stepping stones to get across the top of water as they bob on the surface), and Zatz-It (like a tall giraffe). The story concludes with young o'Dell getting the spirit of the narrator. 'This is really great stuff! And I guess the old alphabet ISN'T enough!' o'Dell draws a new letter: ' . . . what do you think that we should call this one, anyhow?' Enjoy imagination, and honor it . . . wherever it may be found! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution