McElligot's Pool

McElligot's Pool

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Imagination runs wild in this Caldecott Honor-winning tale featuring Dr. Seuss's inimitable voice and hysterical illustrations. The first Seuss title to feature full-color art on every other page, this adventurous picture book tells of Marco-who first imagined an extraordinary parade in And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street-as he daydreams of all the

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Imagination runs wild in this Caldecott Honor-winning tale featuring Dr. Seuss's inimitable voice and hysterical illustrations. The first Seuss title to feature full-color art on every other page, this adventurous picture book tells of Marco-who first imagined an extraordinary parade in And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street-as he daydreams of all the possibilities that await him while he fishes in McElligot's Pool. Optimistic and exciting, this tale is the perfect bait, and readers young and old will be hooked on this fish-tastic favorite.

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"Rare and wonderful imaginings are told in the author-artist's inimitable rhyme and are shown in hilariously funny pictures."—Booklist.
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In this colorful picture book, a boy named Marco goes fishing in a small pond called McElligot's Pool. As he sits waiting for a bite, a farmer calls him a fool and says "You'll never catch fish in McElligot's Pool!" Marco, however, refuses to be discouraged and spends the rest of the story describing all the fish that could be coming to McElligot's Pool from the ocean. The story ends with Marco still fishing and the farmer scratching his beard and looking confused. The use of color and illustrations blur the line between fantasy and reality during Marco's story, creating one of the most interesting aspects of the book. The text is made up of catchy rhymes and intriguing fish descriptions. The pictures complement the text and make the fish descriptions seem real. Interestingly, Seuss illustrates every other page in black and white. At the beginning of the story when Marco sits by the pond, the black and white emphasizes the concrete reality of the Marco talking to the farmer. After page one, every other page is in color. The color magnifies Marco's fantasy about all of the fish, making them seem beautiful and real. At the same time, the black and white pages make Marco's fish descriptions seem realistic. Seuss's use of the black-and-white pictures during Marco's whimsical descriptions in the text could be his way of toning down the fantasy and bringing it into the context of every day life. The use of color to blend reality and fantasy also emphasizes optimism in the story. The farmer was probably right in telling Marco that he will "never catch fish in McElligot's Pool." With the clever use of color and illustrations, however, Dr. Seuss undermines the fisherman's certainty and makesMarco's claim that there might be fish in McElligot's Pool believable. McElligot's Pool sends the message that life is not always as it seems, that it is not as simple as black and white. It portrays the optimistic and hopeful message that miracles can happen, even in a place like McElligot's Pool. Without Dr. Suess's expert use of color in his illustrations to emphasize the text, this message would not have been nearly as effective. 1996 (orig. 1947), Random House,
— Jenny Pendleton <%ISBN%>0394800834

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394900834
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/28/1947
Series:
Classic Seuss Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.23(w) x 11.27(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 2, 1904
Date of Death:
September 4, 1991
Place of Birth:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
La Jolla, California
Education:
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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McElligot's Pool (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
WhimsicalOne More than 1 year ago
I love the idea of this book, it taught me that everything is "connected" to everything else. 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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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 Solution
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my absolute favorite book when I was a young child. Great color and black and white illustrations and an amusing story line.