“Book Concierge said: 3***
This is a collection of little-known stories by Theodor Geisel a/k/a Dr. Seuss. As explained by Charles D Cohen in the introduction to this book, the “buried treasure” of these lost stories had been hidden for decades. They were all published between 1948 through 1959 as short works in a variety of magazines. Cohen, a Seuss scholar, tracked them down and arranged to have them published in this collection.
The stories are from a time period when Seuss was experimenting with what would become his signature style. Rhyming words (including a fair number of those he made up), fantastical illustrations, and a clear message – warning against greed, celebrating intelligence, or encouraging young dreams. There is a lot more text and fewer illustrations in these stories than in some of his most famous books (e.g. The Cat in the Hat), but they are intended to be read to children by their parents.
I’m glad that these stories are no longer “lost.”