McElligott's Pool

McElligott's Pool

Book - 1974
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Imagination runs wild in this Caldecott Honor-winning tale featuring Dr. Seuss's inimitable voice and hysterical illustrations. The first Seuss title to feature full-color art on every other page, this adventurous picture book tells of Marco-who first imagined an extraordinary parade in And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street -as he daydreams of all the possibilities that await him while he fishes in McElligot's Pool. Optimistic and exciting, this tale is the perfect bait, and readers young and old will be hooked on this fish-tastic favorite.
Publisher: Random House, c1974.
Edition: ed.
ISBN: 9780394900834
Characteristics: p : hardcover ; cm.


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May 10, 2021

As a free public service to spare the unsuspecting reader from being traumatized, I have read this book with a critical and sensitive eye as this is one of the dirty half dozen Seuss books no longer published for their obvious danger to the mental health of the young American mind. It begins and ends with a boy expressing unbounded optimism, despite the skeptical view of a wizened farmer, that fishing in McElligot's pool will be successful. The optimism of youth in the face of elderly skepticism could be quite frightening - from which our children should be protected. The core of the book elaborates and illustrates the fanciful imagination of the boy as he thinks about the sources of water for the pool and the creatures that might be coming to McElligot's pool. Fanciful imagination of thin fish, stout fish, short fish and long fish is also best not to expose children. The book contains such dangerous lines "I might catch some fish that would open your eye!". One shudders to think of the depravity that would result from being exposed to dog fish, cat fish, "a fish with a checkerboard belly", "a fish made of strawberry jelly", "some fish from the tropics all sunburned and hot", or gasp "some Eskimo fish from beyond Hudson bay". This is entirely outrageous of the author dropping in some geographical names that might arouse some curiosity in young impressionable readers.

So if your child is like most children, in this "land of the free and home of the brave", wary of a generous helping in a book of optimism, imagination, curiosity with touches of geography, geology, water pollution, and the demonstrated ability to respectfully disagree with an adult, then clearly one should stay away from this ill conceived book. For the very few children who are exceptionally robust in their outlook and can tolerate points of view seldom encountered in school, then this is an utterly charming book.

We are very so lucky that there are sane, caring, adults in the corporate publishing world that are so considerate of our children's mental health and emotional well being.

Mar 29, 2021

This is the first of the Dr. Seuss’ books that I plan to read. They have been labeled as “racist.” This book was written in 1947. I was ten years old, an avid reader, but don’t recall this book. My point is that for a book to be published for 73 years proves, to me, that it has been of value to millions of children. It is a great book to spur the imagination—something that I think many of today’s children don’t use. The word “Eskimo” is used on one page. That seems to be the only thing that earns this book the racist charge. My keyword search for Eskimo on the library’s catalog yielded 137 items. If this criteria is used for removing books, there will need to be a good many more lost. The Cancel Culture has become ridiculous. One day I hope we will look back on these days and shake our heads at how stupid it was.

Mar 27, 2021

Another excellent tale to show kids the vital importance of imagination. Rescue a copy off the pyre the ignorant Brown Shirts set up for burning. There is NOTHING offensive is this charming tale. We must not allow the clueless fascists to decide what can be read and by whom.

Mar 17, 2021

I didn’t see any racism in this book.

Mar 13, 2021

I am shocked and appalled that our tax dollars are being used to support neo-conservatism and alt-right white nationalism! Shame on the library, shame, shame!

It is high time that Robin DiAngelo implement diversity training at the library so its employees can understand and atone for the destructive impact the existence of this book has had on our communities!

Mar 10, 2021

The purpose of libraries is to provide the people an opportunity to educate themselves. I want to read this book myself and come to my own conclusions about it. Shame on you, San Diego Public Library, for going against your express reason to exist!

Mar 05, 2021

I do not like the sjw virtue signaling cancel culture here. I do not like it there. I do not like it anywhere.

Mar 05, 2021

Great book, geography lesson, linguistic patterning and FUN read. Used it for outreach every March.

Mar 03, 2021

This is being pulled for racist issues. I don't see why. I'm borrowing it and I will update this once I get it.

Aug 01, 2018

Really loved this Seuss story! Great for fishers and for anyone that likes to imagine unseen worlds!

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