McElligot's Pool

McElligot's Pool

by Dr. Seuss


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385379069
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 78,017
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About 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.

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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McElligot's Pool (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite Seuss, but still a great story none-the-less. An inspiration to reach for your dreams even if others laugh at you or discourage you. Sometimes the fun is in the striving, not the achieving. A young boy is fishing in a pond on a farm which is "known" to hold nothing but garbage.
l_rigsby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful celebration of the imagination and hope of children. I think that children will enjoy the fantasic fish, while it also holds value for adults. The lanuage is typical Dr. Seuss and would be great for a read aloud.
esproull on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young boy is fishing by the side of McElligot's pool when a farmer comes along and calls the boy a fool, claiming that the pool is much too small and polluted to ever catch a fish in. The boy then tells the man that you never know, the pool might just be connected to an underground brook that travels for miles and miles, leading to the sea. The boy imagines all the strange fish that he might possibly catch because "you never can tell what goes on down below.
NikoleJosh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: A boy is fishing in McElligot's Pool when a farmer comes along and criticize the young boy for fishing in the pool. The boy then shares his imagination of what types of different fishes could be down in the pool all types of sizes small and large. Tells where the pool can lead to down deep, may be towards the ocean or other side of the world. My Response: I like the pictures of this book and what little imagination can lead to if some thought is put into a subject. I also liked how the boy tells the farmer at the end he is no fool for fishing in McElligot's Pool making the farmer rethink whats his judgement. This book also gives a good example of having patience and self determination. Classroom Extension: 1)Ask students if criticism ever made them give up and how they felt about it. 2)Ask students how patience and self determination helps them reach their goals.
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.