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Six by Seuss A Treasury of Dr. Seuss Classics or Six Book Reviews in One
Six books worth reading no matter how young or old you are.
Have you ever walked into a book store or book section of a store and seen a book that you just had to have? For me and my family the answer is a big time Yes!
On this page you will be able to read about six different books combined into one great book worth reading over and over. Being able to to include in your collection is an added bonus.
So please take your time and read over my reviews. Then take some more time and read the individual books. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I have over the years.
All images on this page scanned in by me.
I am the Lorax I speak for the trees...
And I am the reviewer I speak for the readers. Not to try to hurt your treelings but to start out with I have this in book form, on VHS and DVD and I also have a stuffed animal of the Lorax. Its not like I am playing favoritism or anything.
When you look at this story it is from the point of view of nature and all that it in-tails. Its interesting how by working at one end you can affect so many other things though out the forest. By removing the trees it can take away the needs of those that use them to live off of. In this story there are three animals that the Once-ler is affecting.
1) The Brown Bar-ba-loots that played in the shade and ate the Truffula Fruits. But by removing the trees there was not enough for them to live off off.
2) The Swomee-Swans were unable to continue to sing because of he smoke. And I quote, "No one can sing who has smog in his throat."
3) There were the Humming-Fish who could not hum a note because of the water being all gummed up.
This book leads us down the path to take nature more seriously. It says that we need to take care of that which is around us. Not to be careless as the Once-ler once was.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Have you ever heard the term see a need fill a need? In this case the Grinch saw a need to remove Christmas. And he chose to be the one to fill that need by doing it himself. When in all honesty the Grinch was the one in need. And the Who's down in Whoville were the ones that filled that need by sharing Christmas with him.
Its interesting how someone "the Grinch" will go out of there way to get things done only to realize later that it did not need doing. In the case of this book the Grinch felt that to remove Christmas would remove the celebration form Whoville. Throughout the story he does what ever he can to remove the Who's from celebrating Christmas. Only to find out at the end of the story that even without all the bells and whistles he did not remove anything.
Just like a new day, Christmas will also happen. For it is not about the presents and the decorations. It is not even the food and the roast beast that Christmas is all about. It is the celebration, the fact that the Who's down in Whoville still gathered together on Christmas morning.
And to quote the Grinch, "Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!"
As I said at the beginning It was the Who's that saw the need and reached out to the Grinch. They then gave to him not realizing that they were doing so but in the end celebrated with him.
Horton Hatches the Egg
For those of you that have heard of Horton the Elephant you know that given a task he will not stray from the path to complete that task. The same is true in this book.
He gave his word that he would stay with that Egg and keep it warm until the mother came back. The weather would change and he would continue to keep his word. Others would pick on him but he would not leave his post. Hunters would come forth but his word was his bond. Taken from his home and turned over to the circus where he's gawked at by onlookers wold not stop him.
When the mother bird returned she know the hard part of the nest sitting was over as the egg started to crack. At this point Horton with a heavy heart backed down and turned the egg back to the mother bird.
To quote the story, "He meant what he said. And he said what he mend an elephant is faithful 100 percent."
And with that being said are you failthful to your word like Horton was? - I know its not always easy.
When you give your word, do you keep it?
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
Were you ever asked a question and had to think of the answer? At that point your imagination takes over. I know I have and when you read this book you will see how it takes over in this child's mind.
What starts out as a horse drawn carriage turns in to much much more. On each page there is something new added onto what's seen on Mulberry street. It builds and builds, becoming more and more elaborate.
Til the end when the dad said,"to tell me the sights." With so much that happened where would he start. and the answer was honest and true. It was a horse and cart seen on Mulberry street.
In the good news this boy has a great imagination and is able to think. But when the rubber meats the road so to speak he also knows when to speak the truth.
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
Within this book there are three separate stories.
1) Yertle the Turtle - If you were to be in charge would you give commands only or would you listen to those around you before making a decision? In this story the main character chose to give commands and not listen to those around themselves. In the end it was this choice that was to say their downfall.
2) Gertrude McFuzz - Are you happy with what you have? If not then read this story. Given the option to add to what you already have would you take it? In this case the main character did. She wanted a longer set of tail feathers. Sometimes when the offer is there some don't also ways know when to stop as the main character learned. Finally its realized that what they had in the beginning of the story was what's needed.
3) The Big Brag - To quote the lyrics, "I can do anything better than you can" This story goes right along with the song. The first two characters go one on one with each other to brag about who was better. The third character is the one that puts an end to this dispute. He is not in competition but he would like to bring an end to it. With his words he also makes the other animals stop and think.
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
To quote the count: one hat, two hats, three hats ha ha ha. I think that he would enjoy this story. Especially the closer to 500 he got. The higher the number the more elaborate the hats become and the more confused those around Bartholomew became. From the archer trying to shoot the hats off to the royal tailor.
It is interesting that there is another character about Bartholomew's age. He seams to be fighting for attention. In the end, talked to by the king as a sort of reprimanding.
Also to see that what may have been hard times for some turned out to be for the best all around. This would be for both the king and for Bartholomew.
So fellow Seussians the question of the hours is... - Which book on this page is your favorite.
There are six books to choose from which is your favorite?
Surprise a Bonus Book being shared.
Dr. Seuss from Then to Now
Its amazing when you find something new just by reading a book.
Growing up I thought that Dr. Seuss wrote only kids books. I was wrong on this one. In this book I found several things that I did not know before but was fascinating to learn.
Have you ever heard of Flit? Me either. This was a type of mosquito repellent. Within this book you will see images from the "Quick Henry, the Flit." These were part of an advertising campaign.
Another campaign was for Essolube a 5-Star Motor Oil. Looking at the eyes of the drawings you would know who did the graphics design.
Reading further through the book you will see the different books that he created. The graphics that used and sometimes there will be preliminary drawings also shared. Such as from the Cat in the Hat from 1957.
There is also a Chronology of Theodor Seuss Geisel. The nice thing about this is the pictures shared and the time line with in those pages.
At the end of the book is a checklist of the different works of Theodor Geisel better known as Dr. Seuss. For me this was a great place to see what I have read and what I may have missed.
I hope that this book will help all the interest folks out there interested in Dr. Seuss.
As a closing note on this publication I took this book to work with me the other day. Everyone that saw it lit up and wanted to look further at it. Unfortunately that would have taken them away from their current job duties. I will be going into librarian mode so that they can take turns borrowing this book.