Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss - March 2

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss - March 2

Every February, I reread numerous books by Dr. Seuss looking for inspiration to create another fun family reading experience. Over the years, I have found that it is easy to find inspiration for more fun with Dr. Seuss. This year the book that caught my eye was McElligot's Pool.

McElligot's Pool was Dr. Seuss's fifth book for children. His first four books were And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937), The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938), The King's Stilts (1939), and Horton Hatches the Egg (1940). McElligot's Pool was also the first of three Caldecott Honor awards for Dr. Seuss. He also received Caldecott Honors for Bartholomew and the Oobleck in 1950 and If I Ran the Zoo in 1951. Dr. Seuss never received the Caldecott Medal.

This year McElligot's Pool celebrates its 70th anniversary!

The book begins with Marco, the boy from And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street fishing all by himself. A farmer warns Marco that he is wasting his time fishing in McElligot's Pool. If you remember from Mulberry Street, Marco's father warns him of using his imagination too much when he says, "Stop telling such outlandish tales. Stop turning minnows into whales."

Now in McElligot's Pool, Marco's imagination does turns "minnows into whales". He imagines fish with pin-wheels and checkerboard bellies. He imagines an Australian fish with a kangaroo's pouch and fish that go "glurk" that live down in the mire, muck, and murk! Of course there are whales too, but you'll never believe the size of the a THING-A-MA-JIGGER! Marco offers some wise words in addition to his clever fish creations. He states, "Oh the sea is so full of a number of fish. If a fellow is patient, he might get his wish!"

When I read McElligot's Pool I imagined all of these amazing fish being caught right in my house!

I copied some of my favorite fish from the book.
Then, cut out many blue circles.
On each circle, I pasted one of the fish and the words from the book. I made two identical circles for each fish. I saw the possibility for a matching game. Each circle was then laminated.
I placed two metal paper clips on each.
Next, I needed a fishing pole. I found two old bamboo fishing poles in my garage! I attached yarn for the fishing line.
I glued two magnets on the end of the string and we were ready to fish at McElligot's Pool!
It didn't take my daughter long to figure out how to catch a fish.
All of our Dr. Seuss friends watched to see what sort of fish were in the pool.
We invented a game. We fished until we made a match. Once a match was made your turn was over. My daughter caught seven fish before she got a match!
I thought it would be fun if my daughter imagined some of her own fish for McElligot's Pool.
One of her creations was the Queen Catfish. It happens to have legs and high heels too! We copied this drawing, laminated each, and added them to the pool with the other fish. We had a lot of fun with this game. When she wasn't fishing she put blankets in McElligot's pool, sat inside, and read books to her stuffed animals!
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We hope you have a wonderful Read Across America Day 2017!
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Links:
1. Dr. Seuss Reading Experience
2. What Was I Scared Of? Pale Green Pants, plus more Dr. Seuss Storytime Ideas
3. Happy Birthday to You! Birthday Tradition Gift 
4. The Lorax Craft Stick Project in 3 Easy Steps - Guest Post on Melissa Northway's Blog
5. Grin-itch Spinach
6. Countdown to Dr. Seuss's Birthday
7. Scrambled Eggs Super! Bird Name Generator and Egg Hunt
8. Bartholomew and the Oobleck Oobleck
9. Make Your Own King's Stilts!
10. Ring the Gack Ring Toss Game!
11. Sam I Am hat - GREEN EGGS AND HAM printables!

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