Author/Illustrator: Dr. Seuss
Publisher/Date: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 12, 1949)
Genre/Audience: Fiction for ages 6 and up
Themes: Arrogance/power, being content, admitting you’re wrong and saying you’re sorry
Opening: “They still talk about it in the Kingdom of Didd as The-Year-the-King-Got-Angry-with-the-Sky. And they still talk about the page boy, Bartholomew Cubbins. If it hadn’t been for Bartholomew Cubbins, that King and that Sky would have wrecked that little Kingdom.”
Synopsis: Bartholomew, the page boy, is the voice of reason in this story of an arrogant king who is bored with the weather and wants something new to fall from the sky. The king’s magicians cast a spell that wreaks havoc on the kingdom and Bartholomew has to save the day by getting the king to admit he was wrong and apologize.
Why I Love This Book:
First, Dr. Seuss is the master of imagination and fantastic worlds.
Second, as a teacher, I loved March 2nd. Read Across America was a great excuse to inject children’s books into every part of the school day (even more than normal) and throw a birthday party for Dr. Seuss, which made reading for third graders fun, fun, fun!
Third, if you’ve never made Oobleck with cornstarch and water, you have not lived! It creates the most interesting substance that is not quite solid, not quite liquid. Slap it: it doesn’t splatter. Try to pick it up: it runs through your fingers. This is so much fun for kids and adults alike!
Recipe for Oobleck: http://www.misskonar.com/Oobleck.htmRead Across America materials: http://www.nea.org/grants/13023.htm
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