Book of the Week — McElligot’s Pool


“Oh, the sea is so full of a number of fish,
If a fellow is patient, he might get his wish!”

McElligot’s Pool
Dr. Seuss
New York: Random House, 1947
First edition

This is the first of Dr. Seuss’s books to be illustrated in full color. Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, dedicated this, his first book after leaving the Army and his fifth overall, to his father, the Superintendent of Parks in the Giesel’s hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts. The book garnered Seuss a nomination for the Caldecott Medal in 1948. Binding is variant b, with opened-mouth fish on front cover, lettering on spine and seven-line copyright statement. Rare Books copy inscribed by Dr. Seuss “For the Angel Ferris Children’s Reading Room with very Best Wishes.”

 

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