Here are some of the wonderful images from this unusual book.
My research reveals that this is a First Edition second printing.
The First Edition first printing had a red cloth cover.
|Helen Palmer was Seuss' first wife.|
Here are a few interesting facts about Dr. Seuss. His real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel. Seuss is a Bavarian name and is pronounced Zoice. It was his mother's maiden name. Geisel started out as a cartoonist and began signing his work under the mock title of "Dr. Theophrastus Seuss". He later shortened that to "Dr. Seuss". Since most Americans pronounced the name Soose not Zoice, he became Dr. Seuss (Soose) for good.
He was not really a doctor and dropped out of graduate school to pursue his love of drawing before ever getting a Ph.D. For over half of his career as a children's author, Dr. Seuss had no children until his second marriage where he acquired two stepdaughters. His first book was rejected numerous times. Seuss worked in advertising and claimed he wrote children's books because it did not compete with his contract with the Standard Oil Company. He credited his style of writing to his parents.
Here is a short and not so sweet version of Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose.
Thidwick is a very happy moose living on the shores of Lake Winna-Bango. He has some very large antlers and a very kind disposition. Unfortunately he is just the sort of kind-hearted soul that is often taken advantage of. Before he knows it a huge number of critters are now living atop his head in those amazing antlers. The new residents keep inviting more and more of their friends to join them. Poor Thidwick is so burdened down he is unable to cross the lake when winter comes and is facing starvation when things get even worse. Hunters!
Spoiler Alert! Just at the moment before his imminent death, Thidwicks over ladened antlers let loose with all the critters attached and go rolling down the hill towards the hunters. Thidwick makes his escape across the lake and rejoins his herd to live happily forever, we presume. Not so happily for the free-loading critters who end up as the hunters trophy on the wall.
Many of the Seuss books had a moral or political message and this one has a few lessons to teach us all. One being "Don't be a lazy freeloader, 'cause look what could happen to you (you might end up stuffed on a wall)!" Another being "Be kind to others, but when someone start's to take advantage of you, you need to stand up for yourself. Learn to say NO! Don't be a pushover like Thidwick!"
In 1991, a few weeks before his death, friends asked Seuss if there were anything he might have left unsaid to all the children out there. Seuss replied, “The best slogan I can think of to leave with the kids of the U.S.A. would be ‘We can . . . and we’ve got to . . . do better than this.’”
Well said, Dr. Seuss, well said.