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The King's Stilts by Dr. Seuss
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Aug 27, 2008

it was amazing
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Read in August, 2008

This is one of the few Seuss books I never read as a child and, indeed, until I saw it in the library today, I'd never even heard of it. It's one of the rare prose books (no rhymes here at all) and fits in with Bartholomew and the Ooblek and the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, except it's a different king, a different page, and a different kingdom. The book is very long, with lots and lots of words, and I was surprised that my four year old sat through the whole thing (even my 2 year old sat through most of it). It's well written, with good vocabulary and descriptions and enough "Oh no!" moments to keep my children interested. The message of this book about a king who works hard by day and plays hard in the evening (with some stilt walking) seems to be that all work and no play is bad for society in general, and that while one must work one's hardest and accomplish good ends, a little fun will keep the mind and spirits bright and active. In short: living life with zest should not be seen as undignified.
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booklady It sounds really cute Skylar! Thanks for the good review!


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