FIRST EDITION OF “DR. SEUSS’S BOOK OF WONDERFUL NOISES”
SEUSS, Dr. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? New York: Random House, (1970). Octavo, original pictorial boards, original dust jacket. $2200.
First edition of this children’s classic.
"A turning point, not only in the career of Dr. Seuss, but in the reading habits of American children, occurred in the late 1950's. Inspired by the thoughtful article by John Hersey in Life magazine, entitled 'Why do Students Bog Down on the First R?,' Seuss began to address the problem, which has since entered the popular parlance as the why-Johnny-can't-read-syndrome… Seuss' answer was The Cat in the Hat. By enhancing everyday situations with irresistible imaginary characters and telling the tales with cleverly rhymed, easily recognizable words, Seuss gave control of learning to read back to children, while providing wit, charm, comic verse, and a surprise on every page" (Dr. Seuss from Then to Now, 45). "This extraordinary writer has done more to foster literacy in children than most because he manages to combine lunacy with sanity, fun with learning, and quality with exuberant readability" (Joseph Connolly). Younger & Hirsch 56.
A few small closed tears to edges of original dust jacket. Nearly fine, scarce in this condition.