Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Some Dr. Seuss books are well-known and much loved. Others, however, fade away into a quiet part of the library or book store, until they’re rediscovered to become loved stories. When it comes to childrens books, most parents know that Dr. Seuss has got the formula right, and this same thing holds true when it comes to one of his lesser-known works, Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

Bartholomew and the Oobleck is a book by the great doctor that follows the story of a young boy who is named, of course, Bartholomew. He discovers that he must rescue the kingdom that he lives in from a very sticky substance that Dr. Seuss appropriately named oobleck. As it turns out, the oobleck was created by the king’s wizard, as the king was bored with the weather the way it was and asked the wizard to change things up a bit. Unfortunately the wizard’s lair becomes hidden away under oobleck so they can’t change the weather back!

Young Bartholomew, however, has the answer, which is something quite simple for a child and yet quite hard for many adults to remember how to do. Interestingly enough, Dr. Seuss came upon the idea for Bartholomew and the Oobleck when he was stationed in Belguim during World War II, when one of his fellow soldiers said that they were sick of rain and wished that they could have something different. The phrase “watch what you wish for” comes to mind when you think of this classic tale.

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