Bippolo Seed

Random House has announced on its Facebook page that it is releasing a new Dr. Seuss collection, THE BIPPOLO SEED AND OTHER LOST STORIES, on September 27, 2011 containing seven rarely seen original Dr. Seuss stories.

Because Dr. Seuss is so woven into the fabric of my childhood, it’s hard to imagine there are stories of his that I’ve never read, but Seuss scholar/collector Charles D. Cohen scoured magazines published in 1950 and 1951 to find these gems that have never before been included in a book and that I certainly have never heard of. From the book description, the stories are:

The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga (about a rabbit who is saved from a bear with a single eyelash);
Gustav the Goldfish (an early, rhymed version of A Fish Out of Water);
Tadd and Todd (a tale passed down via photocopy to generations of twins);
Steak for Supper (about fantastic creatures who follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner);
The Bippolo Seed (in which a scheming feline leads an innocent duck to make a bad decision);
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 only bested by those of the real Dr. Seuss himself).

Random House has enhanced the color palette used in the magazine illustrations and Cohen provides an introduction which explains the significance these seven stories have, not only as lost treasures, but as transitional stories in Dr. Seuss’s career.

Do these sound like potential Dr. Seuss classics to you? What was your favorite Dr. Seuss story?

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