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McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss
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McElligot's Pool

by Dr. Seuss

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About the author: Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) wrote and illustrated this book, which was published in 1947 and predates "Cat in a Hat." This is the first work which he illustrated with water colors, but due to cost restraints ever two pages are printed in black and white. It's the delightful tale of a little boy fishing in a trash filled pond, but imagining all sorts of amazing fish, which might be there.
  uufnn | Jan 27, 2016 |
This story is about a boy with an imagination that has no limit. When the farmer sees the young boy fishing in McElligot’s Pool, he tells him what a fool he is thinking he would be able to catch a fish there. McElligot’s Pool is a place people dump their junk, so the only thing he would be catching is things such as a bottle, cans and trash. The rest of the story talks about all the fish the young boy imagine can be in McElligot’s Pool and boy does he come up with some interesting things. He came up with all kinds of different fishes he imagined would be in the water: a fish that’s partly cow, an Eskimo fish, and Australian fish with a kangaroo pouch, and many more. By the end of the story the boy tells the farmer he is no fool, so he is going to sit there and fish in McElligot’s Pool. The first thing that caught my attention in this book was the pictures on each page. Every other page is in black and white while the others are in color. Every page is drawn with such great detail and every fish the young boy made up there was a drawing showing what it would look like. The colors on the pages were so vibrant and very eye catching. Even the pages in black and white have such great detail and as the reader, the drawings drew me into the story. McElligot’s Pool was the first of three books by Dr. Seuss to receive a Caldecott Award. ( )
  lcrosby | Jan 27, 2016 |
This book is about a boy who discovers all the different types of fish that are in McElligot's pool. I think this is a good book for children, because they learn different types of fish that exist. ( )
  mclaire123 | Oct 21, 2015 |
Reissue of the 1948 Caldecott Honor book. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
In my opinion this picture book was enjoyable since the language was engaging and the illustrations help depict the imagination of the narrator. The language was engaging since Dr. Seuss uses words that rhyme with each other and words that aren’t actually words. Having tongue twisters when words rhyme with each other and a rhythm helped moved this story along. I enjoyed being able to also see the narrator’s imagination also come through in the words like “ Thing-a-ma-jigger”. The illustrations also help depict this young child’s imagination since the story starts out completely in black and white but as he narrates what could be in McElligot’s pool the pictures gain color and continue to get more elaborate. McElligot’s Pool is about a young boy who goes to a farm pool and begins fishing only to be told that he’ll have no luck fishing there. The young boy goes on to inform the man that he could have luck fishing at McElligot’s pool if he has patience since the pool could be connected to other waterways with other sorts of fish seeking relaxation in McElligot’s pool. The big idea this story gives light to is that patience is a virtue and not to judge a book or item by what it appears to be. ( )
  MelynnReadmond | Sep 22, 2014 |
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McElligot's Pool is a Seuss classic from the distant era before even The Cat In The Hat. It's a single poetic variation on the theme of adult skepticism that's no match for childhood faith and daydreaming. A small boy is fishing in the tiny, unpromising McElligot's Pool, a puddle that (as a passing farmer informs our diminutive hero) is nothing but a hole where people dispose of their junk. But the boy is all optimism: what if the pool is deeper than anyone thinks? What if it connects to an underground stream that flows under the town to the sea? Might not all sorts of fish then swim up the stream and be caught here? "I might catch an eel... (Well, I might. It depends.) A long twisting eel with a lot of strange bends. And, oddly enough, with a head at both ends!" The moral of the story is straightforward: "If I wait long enough, if I'm patient and cool,/ Who knows what I'll catch in McElligot's pool?" (Ages 4 to 8) --Richard Farr

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