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On Beyond Zebra! (Classic Seuss) Hardcover – September 12, 1955
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Actually, Seuss's post-"z" letters appear to constitute a syllabary rather than a true extended alphabet, but why quibble over technical details? The letters/syllabics and their accompanying creatures represent Seuss at his most delightful. And best of all, he leaves the door open for readers to create their own extension to the alphabet/syllabary!
More than mere whimsy, "On Beyond Zebra" is a truly mind-expanding book. Through fantasy and humor, Seuss challenges us to open our minds to new possibilities; he encourages us to tear down artificial walls that restrict our intellectual and creative growth. This book would be as useful in teaching pedagogical theory to college students as it is for entertaining children. "On Beyond Zebra" is a triumph.
Many, many, many years ago (Nixon was President, I think) I read this and was changed. I can remember the the images, the textures, the smells (Ah! The ditto machine and its purple perfume!) and all my surroundings. I was sitting in the elementary school library, facing northwest toward the door. Lured by the title and the premise, I had taken the volume to my assigned seat ("Library" was a class back then, as it should have been) and quickly devoured it.
The concept - that our 26-letter alphabet was an arbitrary collection and not a universal constant on a par with gravity - had never entered my cartoon-addled mind. It sparked an awareness of similar cultural and philosophical constrictions that I have expanded and retained to this day.
Hats off to the Dr.!
That language opens new views of the world is a great message. That there is always more to know is a great one too.
Takes you around the world. Travelog for imaginative kids.
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Love it. My daughter loves it. Great addition to the Dr Seuss collection we have going.Published 9 days ago by Justin
This is one of the lesser known Dr. Seuss books. We love this story and I always bring it to school on Read Across America/Dr.Seuss Day because so few people know about it.Published 1 month ago by Dragon loving family