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If I Ran the Zoo

Seuss

(Book - 1950 ; 1956)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
If I Ran the Zoo
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A young boy imagines the fantastic animals and incredible acts he will have for his greatest of all circuses. If Gerald McGrew ran the zoo, he'd let all the animals go and fill it with more unusual beasts--a ten-footed lion, and Elephant-Cat, a Mulligatawny, a Tufted Mazurka, and others.
Publisher: New York, Random House [1950] ; 1956
ISBN: 0394800818
0394900812
Branch Call Number: FICTION Seu
Characteristics: [56] p. col. illus. 31 cm

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Oh what a wonderful place the zoo would bee if....

Feb 13, 2014
  • HaydenCW rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I'm sorry to see this book is available at the VPL. I recently purchased it at a gift shop at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Springs, CA when we were there on holidays as a way for my son and I to recall our visit there. I didn't have time to read it prior to purchase but we love other Dr. Seuss books so felt it was a safe bet.

This book has some seriously racist content. Perhaps when it was published in the 1950s it was acceptable but it's not anymore. I had to stop reading it and have a conversation with my son about why and how the book was wrong. To put a positive spin on it, it was a teaching moment. But I was shocked by it. Needless to say, if my son showed up at his school referring to his Asian friends as "slant eyes", there'd be trouble.

Don't read this book with your kids!

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