The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. SeussWhen I laughed and laughed along with Doctor Seuss in The 500 Hats, after it was published, I think I always confused it with The Sorceror’s Apprentice. Remember that Disney Halloween clip from Fantasia?
Same fantastic comically nightmarish sort of premise, I guess.
My mother, the town librarian, was WAY ahead of the rest of our village in the mid-1950’s.
Especially when it came to the Seuss books.
She got so she could sniff out a potential kiddy’s literary masterpiece after she’d skimmed through only a few pages.
And there were plenty of kiddies in our town back then too, cause the soldiers were all back home. And it was a time of hopeful beginnings - familial and economic.
Cause money was still a bit scarce back then, and without money or much TV in Canada what were young couples to do?
(If you said make more babies, you just passed Go on the monopoly board!)
And my Mom had an expansive mind, too - just like Theodore Geisel - Dr. Seuss in REAL life. In Dr. Seuss’ books the sheer joy of life always threatens to burst his tales at their seams!
She also loved mathematics - her university major - and she loved complex thinking. And she had a wonderful sense of delightfully black humour.
But people my age I talk to these days - those who are still around (and they’re getting scarcer and scarcer!) - remember her as the grown-up lady who REALLY understood little kids like them.
They must have heard her recommend Geisel to them too, in those long ago and far-away days.
Yes, she loved to talk books. Books her own kids loved. Especially GOOD books, like we do here on GR (mostly)!
Which is why huge waiting lists built up for certain new books at our tiny cubbyhole of a book emporium in our sleepy village - her public library.
So back when Geisel’s first books appeared she went wild with delight - mentally foreseeing an elated bibliophilic clientele.
And THIS - The 500 Hats - was one of Geisel’s first.
And one of his BEST!
And, you know, I haven’t checked - but was Geisel also a mathematician?
For there’s nothing like the algebra of exponentially mushrooming hats to make a mathematician chuckle...
I can almost hear my mom roaring with laughter, somewhere far, far above us from up in Heaven, when she thinks of Dr Seuss now.
And who knows - maybe God picked him as the kiddies’ Court Jester up there!
The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins
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Bartholomew reaches up and takes off that hat only to reveal another hat. The King, taking this for an insult, has Batholomew taken to the palace for punishment. So Bartholomew is saved from the chopping block, only to be dragged up to the highest turret so he can be pushed off by the Grand Duke Wilfred. While they are climbing hats start to flip of his head with every step. Sir Alaric is counting all of the hats when he notices that they have started to transform and become more and more elaborate and beautiful with more feathers and red jewels!
The Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins , published in , was Dr. Seuss story. As a child I loved noticing subtle things in the pictures that were mentioned in the text and still found myself doing the same thing as an adult. Seuss wastes no time with preliminaries, however, and we soon see Bartholomew going to town to sell some cranberries. The executioner was whistling and swinging his axe idly, because at the moment he had nothing to do. In spite of his business, he really seemed to be a very pleasant man. He flipped this one off…then another and another.