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Bartholomew and the oobleck

by Dr. Seuss

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King Derwin of Didd was tired of the traditional weather. All the kingdom had every experienced was sunshine, rain, snow, and fog, and he was ready for a change. The king had the page boy Bartholomew fetch the magicians from their secret place. He asked them to make a new kind of weather. Bartholomew has warned the king no to make a new form of weather. The king proceeded and ignored Bartholomew's advice. The magicians created Oobleck. The Oobleck weather was green and goopy. It rained down over the kingdom. It got larger and larger and caused for damage. Bartholomew did everything he could to get someone to warn the people about the terrible weather the king had requested. Each time Bartholomew tried something tragic would occur with the Oobleck. Finally the destructive weather had to be stopped by none other than the king. The king apologized for his actions and the Oobleck disappeared. After that day, the king never took the four forms of weather for granite again.

I really enjoyed this book as a child. Dr, Seuss books have always been fascinating to me. He writes his books in such a descriptive and interesting way. I absolutely love his illustrations. I like that his animals and people are not traditional. He forms his characters in such a way that you know it is one of his books as soon as you look at the first page. I feel that his art allows students to see people and animals in a different way. His art always led me to believe that it is okay to make something look the way you want.

Classroom extension 1: The students would make Oobleck with the help of the teacher. The teacher would give each student a tub or bowl with a lid. The teacher would help the students measure one cup of cornstarch, half a cup of water and five drops of food coloring. The students would get to mix the Oobleck with their hands. The teacher would ask them to describe how the Oobleck feels.

Classroom extension 2: The students would be asked to form a journal about a new type of weather. The students would be asked for make a new type of weather other than Oobleck.Along with thier journal the teacher would ask the students to draw a picture of their weather. ( )
  AngieOliviaDodd | Feb 2, 2016 |
The story is about a young boy trying to help his town through a town crisis. The Royal King of the town makes a spell on the town to drop something other than rain, snow, fog and sunshine down on the town. The town ends up with having sticky, green gunk, Oobleck, all over them and their possessions. At the end the King must stop the Oobleck by simply apologizing to the town for his mistake. The medium of the book is drawing, and the book is mostly in black and white. The Oobleck is the only color in the entire book and the Oobleck looks just as the book describes. By having the Oobleck being the only color in the book it makes you draw your attention to the Oobleck. ( )
  tanafernandez | Jan 25, 2016 |
In prose rather than Seuss's usual wacky verse. Uncharacteristically crappy. I don't know what else to say other than this was ultra disappointing. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Reissue of the 1950 Caldecott Honor book. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
Classic Seuss. Long, but with an excellent theme of standing up to authority when necessary and doing the right thing. Also, wonderful excuse to make oobleck in science or just for fun. ( )
  kradish | Jun 27, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0394800753, Hardcover)

Bartholomew and the Oobleck easily qualifies as a Seuss classic, first told way back in 1949. And its message--the importance of owning up to your mistakes and saying that you're sorry--is as timeless now as it was then.

Bartholomew Cubbins serves thanklessly as pageboy to King Derwin of Didd, a headstrong man who's decided he isn't satisfied with mere sun, fog, rain, and snow. ("Humph! The things that come down from my sky!") He wants something else, something uniquely his own, so he calls in his royal magicians ("Shuffle, duffle, muzzle, muff. Fista, wista, mista-cuff. We are men of groans and howls, mystic men who eat boiled owls"). Happy to oblige, the magicians tell the king they can make "oobleck" fall from the sky, only nobody--not even the magicians--knows just what oobleck is. But after a night of arcane incantations, everyone in the kingdom gets a taste of the stuff (in the case of the Captain of the Guard, literally!), as the green, gluey goo gums up everything in sight.

Of course, Bartholomew tries to help, but it's up to the king to save the day, as he learns to utter not magic words but simple words with magic in them: "I'm sorry." (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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The King, tired of rain, snow, sun and fog, commands his magicians to make something else come down from the sky, but when oobleck falls, in sticky greenish droplets, Bartholomew Cubbins shames the King and saves the kingdom.

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