Celebrate the 75th birthday of Dr. Seuss's classic treatise on the importance of a balanced life with our Anniversary Edition featuring cover art from the books original publication! A Seussian spin on a conventional fairy tale, The King's Stilts is as topical today as when it was first published in 1939. It's the story of a devoted king who works hard and plays hard—and whose entire kingdom is threatened when his beloved stilts are stolen and he is too distraught to do his job. Written in prose instead of rhyme (unlike Seuss's later works), The King's Stilts nevertheless addresses subjects that we know Dr. Seuss was passionate about throughout his life: duty (as in Horton Hears a Who and Horton Hatches the Egg); the abuse of power (as in The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Yertle the Turtle); deceit (as in The Bippolo Seed and How the Grinch Stole Christmas)--and even cats (as in The Cat in the Hat and I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today)! A perfect way to introduce new readers to an old classic, or to reward existing fans with a collectible new edition. Follow the Good Doctor's advice: After a hard day of work, have fun with a great book like The King's Stilts!
About 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.
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)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Balancing Work and Play King Britram has a very busy job. His kingdom, Binn, lies below sea level and only the Dike Trees keep the water from coming in. However, the Nizzard birds like to eat the tree’s roots, so he’s trained and army of patrol cats to keep the trees safe. That requires all his attention most of the day, but at the end of the day, he enjoys spending time on his stilts as a way to relax. However, Lord Droon doesn’t find the stilt walking very kingly, so he conspires to steal and hide the stilts. What will happen when the king finds they are gone? This is an early Dr. Seuss book and not in the style we are most familiar with. The story doesn’t rhyme, and the pages contain lots of words. However, older preschoolers who can sit through the book will absolutely enjoy it. While the plot is predictable for parents, the ending is perfect. And the illustrations are fun and classic Seuss. While not one of his better known books, this one is still definitely worth reading. Those who give it a try will find it charming and fun.
I thought I had read all of Suess, if not as a reading parent, certainly as a child. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book at our library during a week featuring Dr. Suess books. I found all my childhood favorites and then came upon THE KING'S STILTS, one I had never read. My daughter and I fell in love with it immediately. I kept trying to read it with some rhythem and rhyme, but it is written in prose with just a hint at Suess' later genious with rhythem and rhyme. The story had appeal for my daughter because of the awesome patrol cats and I enjoy the story of King who has had his fun taken away. Its a good story for teaching 'Do the right thing' and all sorts of other good lessons about life and having fun. Its my daughter's birthday next week and she is getting a new book of THE KING'S STILTS and my husband is making her a pair of stilts which we will paint red. Get ready for stilt fun!!
Many young people are unsure about the proper balance between work and fun. As a result, they tend to overemphasize one or the other. Dr. Seuss has created a wonderful book here to relieve youngsters of the sense that they should work hard all of the time. This is an early book by Dr. Seuss, and it is written in prose rather than rhyme. Despite this, the prose often has a definite meter, and he sneaks in rhyming words now and again. The illustrations are predominately in black and white, but splashes of red are used for emphasis to good effect. The story is quite funny. The king's passion is to run around the kingdom on his red stilts. But he never does so until after putting in a full twelve hours of grueling work. Never was there a harder working king than Birtram. He even signs papers while taking a bath at five in the morning! He feels very responsible, because he kingdom is threatened by natural disaster if he lets down his guard. Who could begrudge such a fine king his fun? Well, there is one who does. Where could that lead? I also found the book very good for introducing the concept of how we all rely on one another for our well-being. For example, this story can also help a parent explain the need to go to work, despite a sincere desire to stay and play with her or his child. I think the book is good, too, for helping children think about what kind of work they might want to do when they are older. What benefit would they like others to receive from their work? How hard would they like to work? What difficulties would be bearable, and which would be too much? After you finish enjoying this book, I suggest that you and your child spend time planning how you can have more fun playing together, and still meet your responsibilities. You can also tell your child about different kinds of work that adults do, and what the stresses and strains are. Although no four year old is going to choose a vocation, it is never too soon to start providing the raw material for mental exploration of work alternatives. Most of us will spend more time working than anything else we will do in our lives except sleep! May you and your family find ways to play hard that energize and excite you to do your work well! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution