Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Bartholomew and the Oobleck

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by Dr. Seuss

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Illus. in color by the author. An ooey-gooey, green oobleck was not exactly what the king had in mind when he ordered something extra-special from his royal magicians.  See more details below


Illus. in color by the author. An ooey-gooey, green oobleck was not exactly what the king had in mind when he ordered something extra-special from his royal magicians.

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Random House Children's Books
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Classic Seuss Series
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8.25(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.36(d)
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Bartholomew and the Oobleck 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
pezgirl More than 1 year ago
I'm a teacher and used this book to being a lesson on states of matter. The kids really liked the story and we stopped and made predictions several times during the reading. Then we made oobleck (recipe on the internet). It's a bit long for younger kids, and the illustrations are just black, white, and green; but it really was fun. Please note, unlike most Dr. Suess books this is not written in verse.
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Made to Order Weather   The King of Didd is tired of the weather.  The same four things come down from the sky with no variety.  So he decides to have his magicians create something new – Oobleck.  However, when his page, Bartholomew Cubbins, observes it in the morning, he senses that something isn’t right.  Is the king’s new substance something to celebrate?  Or should Bartholomew be sounding the alarm?   This wasn’t a Dr. Seuss book we read very often when I was a child, but it is a fun one.  While it doesn’t have the rhymes we are used to in his books, it does have a creative story that is well told.  The ending is one that people of all ages can learn from – humility and enjoying what you do have.   So even if this isn’t one of Dr. Seuss’s best known books, it is still fun and worth reading.  Just remember to be careful what you wish for.
Scarlett60 More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my niece along with "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins." It is a terrific book and it can be read long after years of outgrowing.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
A tale of children's fantasy by Dr. Seuss doesn't hold back.
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smastalski More than 1 year ago
Great read-aloud for younger students or your own children. I read it to my students every year and follow up with our own batch of oobleck for an interesting hands-on science activity!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite works are as follows. "The Great Gatsby," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "All the President's Men," "Hamlet," "Julius Caesar," and some John Grisham. "Bartholomew and the Oobleck is right up there with them. Hollywood needs to make it into a movie -so that they can at least say that they made one real story this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The King of Didd loved to look into the sky. But he was increasingly unhappy with what he saw -- only rain, snow, fog, and sunshine. As a powerful king, he decided to change things so he could get more. The book is a wonderful look at the perils of getting what you think you want, a great lesson for children to learn at an early age. Unlike other Dr. Seuss books, this one is mostly in prose. The color in the illustrations is limited to green to flesh out the oobleck. The drawings and the humor though are first rate Dr. Seuss! Bartholomew is the King's page boy, and the king's source of common sense. When the king decides to call in his magicians to create oobleck, Bartholomew's warnings are unheeded. Even the magicians give a warning, for they have never made oobleck before and don't quite know how it will turn out. Nevertheless, the king orders the magicians to go ahead. When the first green drops hit, the king decides to declare a holiday. But soon there are problems. Oobleck is very sticky! And it's coming down in ever increasing quantities. What do you do? The resolution is a particularly good one, for it reinforces the moral that any willful thing we decide to do can be undone if we unbend our will. (It also encourages good manners.) Reading this book reminded me of when I was about five. I only liked to eat junk food. I begged my parents to buy ever larger quantities. Finally, my mother said. 'All right. You're in charge of buying food for yourself this week. You'll have only that to eat.' I stocked up on potato chips, candy, soft drinks, and other wonderful snacks. By the fourth day, I couldn't face any more junk food. I begged my mother to take back the job of selecting food for me! After you finish enjoying the story, I suggest that you also talk to your child about how to get rid of unexpected substances. This can be a great encourager of creativity. For years, I have used an interview question that I learned during a scholarship interview while I was in high school. What would you do if you woke up one morning and the world was covered to a depth of 30 feet by ping pong balls? A good lesson to reinforce is to encourage your child to consider what could go wrong, and how to handle that, before trying to make some change. That approach is good training for the realities of life. Enjoy what you have! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Guest More than 1 year ago
We love the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck.It is a very funny and exciting book. We really like the part when the Oobleck was raining down. We also liked when the magicians made the Oobleck come down. We also learned a great lesson about listening when someone gives you a good idea. This is a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great introduction for teaching a lesson on the three states of matter. This book is exciting and keeps the children's attention while also teaching a valuable lesson. You can then help the children to experiment by making Oobleck. The children will want to read this book again and again. It is great for all age levels.