500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

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Illus. in color. A read-aloud telling what happened when Bartholomew couldn't take his hat off before the king. "A lovely bit of tom-foolery which keeps up the suspense and surprise until the last page."—The New York Times.

Each time Bartholomew Cubbins attempts to obey the King's order to take off his hat, he finds there is another one on his head.

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Overview

Illus. in color. A read-aloud telling what happened when Bartholomew couldn't take his hat off before the king. "A lovely bit of tom-foolery which keeps up the suspense and surprise until the last page."—The New York Times.

Each time Bartholomew Cubbins attempts to obey the King's order to take off his hat, he finds there is another one on his head.

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Dr. Seuss, pseudonym for Theodor Seuss Geisel, is world renowned for his inventiveness and wit. His stories are instantly recognizable by their use of fantastic words, clever rhymes, and unusual creatures-drawn in his distinctive style.
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"A lovely bit of tom-foolery which keeps up the suspense and surprise until the last page."—The New York Times.  
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394844848
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1989
  • Series: Classic Seuss Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 61,838
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodor Seuss Geisel—aka Dr. Seuss—is, quite simply, one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. The forty-four 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.

Biography

Now that generations of readers have been reared on The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks, it's easy to forget how colorless most children's books were before Dr. Seuss reinvented the genre. When the editorial cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1936, the book was turned down by 27 publishers, many of whom said it was "too different." Geisel was about to burn his manuscript when it was rescued and published, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, by a college classmate.

Over the next two decades, Geisel concocted such delightfully loopy tales as The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Horton Hears a Who. Most of his books earned excellent reviews, and three received Caldecott Honor Awards. But it was the 1957 publication of The Cat in the Hat that catapulted Geisel to celebrity.

Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johnny Can't Read, along with a related Life magazine article, had recently charged that children's primers were too pallid and bland to inspire an interest in reading. The Cat in the Hat, written with 220 words from a first-grade vocabulary list, "worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot," as Ellen Goodman wrote in The Detroit Free Press. With its vivid illustrations, rhyming text and topsy-turvy plot, Geisel's book for beginning readers was anything but bland. It sold nearly a million copies within three years.

Geisel was named president of Beginner Books, a new venture of Random House, where he worked with writers and artists like P.D. Eastman, Michael Frith, Al Perkins, and Roy McKie, some of whom collaborated with him on book projects. For books he wrote but didn't illustrate, Geisel used the pen name Theo LeSieg (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards).

As Dr. Seuss, he continued to write bestsellers. Some, like Green Eggs and Ham and the tongue-twisting Fox in Socks, were aimed at beginning readers. Others could be read by older children or read aloud by parents, who were often as captivated as their kids by Geisel's wit and imagination. Geisel's visual style appealed to television and film directors, too: The animator Chuck Jones, who had worked with Geisel on a series of Army training films, brought How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life as a hugely popular animated TV special in 1966. A live-action movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch was released in 2000.

Many Dr. Seuss stories have serious undertones: The Butter Battle Book, for example, parodies the nuclear arms race. But whether he was teaching vocabulary words or values, Geisel never wrote plodding lesson books. All his stories are animated by a lively sense of visual and verbal play. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies. Bennett Cerf, Geisel's publisher, liked to say that of all the distinguished authors he had worked with, only one was a genius: Dr. Seuss.

Good To Know

The Cat in the Hat was written at the urging of editor William Spaulding, who insisted that a book for first-graders should have no more than 225 words. Later, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write a book with just 50 words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, though to his recollection, Cerf never paid him the $50.

Geisel faced another challenge in 1974, when his friend Art Buchwald dared him to write a political book. Geisel picked up a copy of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and a pen, crossed out each mention of the name "Marvin K. Mooney," and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the results in his syndicated column. Nine days later, President Nixon announced his resignation.

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo: "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo / A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" The word "grinch," after the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as a killjoy or spoilsport.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      September 4, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    Opportunity Arrives Disguised as a Disaster

    The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. It is also one of my favorite books about finding opportunities in the midst of problems. Any budding curious mind will find this book encouraging of looking at things differently, so see what potential they hold. A child who is interested in science may find this book to be a useful metaphor throughout life. The book is the first of two that Dr. Seuss wrote about King Derwin of Didd and Bartholomew Cubbins. If you decide you like this tale, I suggest that you also read Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Here's the apparent problem. Bartholomew has taken a basket of cranberries to town to sell, so he can take the money to his parents. While there, the king passes by, and the cry goes out, 'Hats off to the King!' Bartholomew complies, but the king glares at him. There's still a hat on Bartholomew's head, even though he has removed the original one! The captain of the King's Own Guard grabs Bartholomew and takes him the castle, where the king gets more and more angry. And more and more hats keep appearing. Soon, Sir Alaric, Keeper of the King's Records, indicates there are hundreds. The king tries everything he can think of, including calling on Sir Snipps {the royal hat maker}, his wise men (Nadd, father of Nadd, and the father of the father of Nadd), musicians, magicians, his nephew the Grand Duke Wilfred, bowmen, and even the executioner. But the executioner cannot even lop off his head to solve the problem, because the executioner cannot take Bartholomew's hat off. Grand Duke Wilfred offers to kill Bartholomew by throwing him off the top of the castle. But a strange thing happens along the way, and Bartholomew is saved and richly rewarded! Throughout, Bartholomew has worn his honesty and good intentions well, and he has led a charmed life. In the end, 'They could only say it just 'happened to happen' and was not very likely to happen again.' As a caution, you should be aware that Bartholomew is put in situations where people are angry with him and several times is at risk of injury or loss of life. Without proper preparation, this story could frighten your child. I suggest that you wait to introduce this story until your child no longer gets nightmares from stories, and firmly believes you and is comfortable when you say that everyone lives happily ever after. In our family, this meant that our rough and tumble boys were ready for this story before our equally rough and tumble daughter was. Our more sensitive daughter was never introduced to the story. She would hate it. I also suggest that this book be read for the first time early in the day. If you detect any quesiness with Bartholomew's situation, you can stop the book at that point. It is not particularly frightening in the beginning. The book is beautifully produced in black and white, with red added to provide colorful contrast for the hats. Dr. Seuss did a remarkable job here with perspective in his drawings. This method nicely adds depth to the story. He starts by comparing the king's view of the valley with the valley view of the King's castle. The one view makes the king feel grand while the other makes the subjects feel small. This theme of perspective continues with the hats. Bartholomew has certainly removed his hat. That means he has done the right thing. When a new hat appears, that means that he still needs to remove his hat. That appears to the king like a slight, as though no hat had been removed. The king's rather grand ego cannot stand that. So you can think about the problem as a clash in perspectives about showing respect. Is is good or bad to have lots of hats? Usually it is good, and the story allows you to see both the good and the bad sides of this perspective. You might also use this book to introduce visual and relative perspectives more generally to your child. Go look at the end of a corridor and see how rectangular it is. Walk al

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    I love this book. When I was a little girl, the public library

    I love this book. When I was a little girl, the public library had a summer reading program. Each year had a different theme. When I was in the 2nd grade, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins was the theme and we were given a large paper hat. For every book you read you received a small hat to paste onto the large hat. I don't remember how many hats I collected, but since we lived only a short distance from the library and we were all voracious readers I earned a lot of hats. I can't remember any of the other summer themes, but Bartholomew Cubbins made a huge impression on me and made me a lifelong reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    I read this book tp myself in the early grades, so I can't addre

    I read this book tp myself in the early grades, so I can't address the scary issues to a young child. I was a timid, withdrawn little girl who despised The Cat in the Hat.Then I read The 500 Hats, and reread it and reread it. Such is its power, that 50+years later, awakened by bone pain from chemotherapy, I opened my B & N email, saw this title, and was immediately transported to the hat-strewn climb in the castle tower.
    I'm buying a copy today. In fact, now that I know about the sequel, I'm buying it, too!

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

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    The very first tale of Bartholomew Cubbins is a masterpiece in every sense of the word.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Favorite

    Another good Dr. Seuss story that helps children understand what counting is all about. This was my favorite when I was growing up and I am looking forward to reading it with my grandchildren.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Dr. Seuss at His Funniest Best!

    This is a wonderful book for little boys. My grandsons ages 8 to 2 really love to have their young Uncle read to them his favorite book from his early childhood. Dr. Seuss just has that ability to entertain even a modern day tech-no kid!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2001

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    BEST DR. SEUESS BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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