Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that it's arguable whether this collection truly is the "best of" Dr. Seuss; it's comprised of three lesser-known cartoon versions of Theodor Geisel stories. These three tales, combined in a one-hour compilation, range in tone from light-hearted to heavy. Kids who are learning to read and nostalgic parents will like them most; "Horton Hatches the Egg" is the most kid-friendly. Preschoolers should enjoy the simplicity of the stories and the Seussian wordplay, although the dark messages, such as mutual destruction ("The Butter Battle Book"), and loneliness ("Daisy-Headed Mayzie"), will fly over their heads. Kids who have also read the books will get a special kick out of these lesser-known Seuss tales. Preteens have probably outgrown these stories, but can still appreciate them, especially as an animation sampler.
In a throwaway gag in "Horton Hatches the Egg," a Peter Lorre look-alike fish fatally shoots himself in the head. Two lands are on the verge of disaster in the inconclusive finale of "The Butter Battle Book."
"Horton Hatches an Egg" has a good moral, encouraging children to be like Horton and have honor and determination. All the pieces offer liberal social commentary on issues of the time.
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