4 lesser-known dr. seuss books

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While doing a little Seuss research at our local library last week, I came across a few of Dr. Seuss’s lesser-known books. I say lesser-known, because they were all books that I had not previously read. (Maybe you have already discovered their greatness? And I am the only one who was living under the Seuss rock?) I decided to read them, and I immediately fell in love, thinking of all of the fun ways I could (and will one day) use in the classroom. I thought especially of some of the super creative, artistic, and sometimes a little silly kiddos I had when I taught gifted and advanced students. The ones who laughed uproariously at Sideways Stories from Wayside School and wrote stories about a giant cheese that takes over the world. They would have loved these!

Now, you may notice that three of these are by Theo LeSieg. Did you know that was another pen name for Dr. Seuss? His name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. When he both wrote and illustrated the books, they are by Dr. Seuss. When he wrote the words but someone else illustrated them, he uses the name Theo LeSieg. Theo is, of course, short for Theodor. LeSieg is Geisel backward.

On Beyond Zebra

on beyond zebra

In this book, the narrator tells the secret that the alphabet actually goes on past the letter Z. “You can stop, if you want, with the Z, because most people stop with the Z, but not me!” Dr. Seuss basically invents a new alphabet, and in his funny and rhyming way, tells a creative story about this new alphabet. How fun is that?! I am imagining students writing their own secret alphabets after reading this.

Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? (By Theo LeSieg) 

would you rather be a bullfrog

“Would you rather be a clarinet…or a trombone…or a drum?” This book is full of fun, thought-provoking questions such as this. They may seem silly, but you can encourage creative thinking by having students support their answers.

I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (By Theo LeSieg)

i wish that I had duck ffeet

The narrator in this story is a dreamer and dreams up scenarios if he had different animal body parts. He looks at the good and bad and ultimately decides he is just fine the way he was made. This would be fun for a silly read aloud, and I can also see it being used when teaching animal adaptations. Why are duck feet good for ducks and not for people? And other important scientific things to consider like that.

Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet! (By Theo LeSieg)

maybe you should fly a jet

This would be a great introduction to learning about different community members or talking about careers. It explores lots of different real and silly career options.

Do you have any lesser-known Seuss books that you love?

If you’re interested, check out my earlier post about Dr. Seuss for Big Kids. 

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