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Posted January 11, 2010
Where does water go?
An interesting introduction to the marvelous underground possibilities for water. Also, a chance to see how easily water, underground and otherwise, can be affected by our surroundings. A fun read with a deeper meaning ... gotta love Dr. Seuss.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 16, 2009
First book I remember, 1952
I love the idea of this book, it taught me that everything is "connected" to everything else.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
My first memory is of getting lost when I was two years old and when I came to a stream (drainage ditch behind our house in California), I couldn't wade across it because the "sea monster" might get me. Turned out after many years therapy 50 years later, the sea monster was a kindly, smiling whale at the end of this book. But my mother died in 1953, hence the sea monster in 1952.
It's a book about continuity and I think good for children and adults. Reminds me that what children see isn't necessarily what we think they see.
Posted April 19, 2001
The Pleasures of Youthful Optimism
This book sets up a contrast between the sour pessimism of an adult farmer and the unbounded optimism of a boy. The farmer finds the boy with his fishing line dangling in a small water-filled crack in the earth. 'You're sort of a fool! You'll never catch fish in McElligot's Pool!' As you can imagine, youngster often take that as a challenge to keep doing what they are doing, and this one certainly did. His fertile imagination soon fills the world with opportunity for good fishing. 'This pool might be bigger Than you or I know!' He goes on to imagine that it could connect underground all the way to the sea and contain many varieties of fish (Dog Fish, Catfish, or 'even a fish made of strawberry jelly' not to mention one with a pinwheel-like tail, another with fins like a sail, and many many more). The book's core is a series of fantastic fish, each more remarkable than the last. The most exciting one to me is a THING-A-MA-JIGGER (that's much bigger than a whale). Having thought about all of these fish, the boy ponders, 'Oh, the sea is so full of a number of fish, If a fellow is patient, he might get his wish!' But, the boy is still there with the little pool. What else is he thinking? He's actually congratulating himself for being so wise. 'And that's why I think That I'm not such a fool When I sit here and fish In McElligot's Pool!' That, of course, is the downside of optimism. You can spend a lot of time doing things that make little sense, in hopes they will pan out. Research has shown that optimists vastly outperform pessimists. The difference seems to be that optimists try more things, and some of them work! I strongly urge you to share this book with your child and anyone else who needs more optimism. The story will be like Dumbo's magic feather in providing confidence to try. After you and your child have enjoyed this book many times, I suggest that you discuss other ways to encourage appropriate optimism. For example, you can ask other people what has worked well. You can also imagine what perfection would be like and then work backward to how you might capture some of it. In having these conversations, you will be arming your child with many good tools for employing limitless optimism to achieve much more! Look on the bright side, always! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent SolutionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 29, 2000
Posted February 9, 2009
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