Children are wildly inventive-there’s no bounds to their imagination, and why should there be? With wacky, absurd creatures and playful rhyme, Dr. Seuss’s One fish two fish red fish blue fish will tap into your kids creative conscious in a way that is hard to beat.
Plotline, Dotline, One Will Love This Storyline
There are no rules in this book, no borders to reality, but Dr. Seuss is very conscious of a child audience. The whole thing is full of learning basic things such as counting, colors, or opposites. We start with simple fish- red fish, blue fish, skinny fish, fat fish, and then discover that ‘from here to there, funny things are everywhere.’ Funny is a bit of an understatement- the cast of creatures that follow throughout the rest of the book are outrageous but somehow, they are believable. It’s the clever rhyme and randomness of it all that bring everything together and to life.
Pictures, Wictures, Have You Seen My Gictures?
What’s a Gicture? I have no idea to be honest, it just rhymed. That is sort of the style of Dr. Seuss’s illustrations in this book, making up something if it sounds like something. Who knows if the rhyme came first, or the creature, but he portrays all manner of beings brilliantly. He uses basic mediums such as ink and pen, and many of his characters are rounded and slightly droopy. They are distinctive and sometimes ‘scribbly’ looking, fitting perfectly with his writing.
Should You Get One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish?
One fish two fish red fish blue fish is certainly one of the best children’s books of all-time and one to add to your collection. Dr. Seuss is well loved by children for good reason. His writing will inspire you, make you ponder, and above all else bring a smile to your face (a smiles as smile no matter how small, right?)
Who Was He?
For a while, Dr. Seuss himself remained a mystery to me, I grew up reading his books and thought of him only as the author who wrote wonderful stories for me to read. As I got older I’d here snippets of information about him (you’d be surprised how many times he randomly gets brought up in a conversation) but nothing concrete, so I set out to find a little bit information on him. I could probably launch into a full blown biography, so I’ll make in effort to point out some of the more interesting bits because as curious a person as he was a biography would be a bit…much.
Born in 1904 as Theodore Seuss Geisel-no you know what, I am going to do bullet points; otherwise I will ramble to no end.
- Date of birth/death: Born on March 2nd 1904, died on September 24th 1991.
- His real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel.
- He published and illustrated 46 children’s books.
- Drew over 400 political cartoons in the first two years of World War II
- ‘Horton Hears A Who’ is an allegory to the Hiroshima Bombing, and is dedicated to a Japanese friend.
- He pronounced his name “Soice” (rhymes with voice)