Concord and Hanover, New Hampshire – July 28, 2015
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Pease, Dartmouth College Professor and Dr. Seuss Scholar:
"We know that Audrey Geisel discovered the prototype for the book shortly after Dr. Seuss's death in 1991, but it was rediscovered - because she'd laid it aside, probably because she was still going through the work of mourning back in 1991 - in February of this past year by Audrey and Dr. Seuss's art editor, Cathy Goldsmith. And they found that it was a nearly completed book treatment, and they decided to work together and recover their relation to his creative process by completing the book."
2. Pan of bookshelf of Dr. Seuss books.
3. Push in shot of "What Pet Should I Get"
4. Shots inside the book
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Pease, Dartmouth College Professor and Dr. Seuss Scholar:
"It's a classic Dr. Seuss treatment. What it does is it brings a child, actually a brother and sister, into relationship by way of a problem almost every child addresses in her or his life: What pet should I get?"
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Pease, Dartmouth College Professor and Dr. Seuss Scholar:
"In a sense, the pet shop is giving the children access to the difference between the world of pets they can encounter in a pet shop, and the world of creatures they can only enter encounter by opening the book equivalent of a pet shop: the archive of Dr. Seuss's children's books.
7. Shot of Harper Lee books on display
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Pease, Dartmouth College Professor and Dr. Seuss Scholar:
"Harper Lee's sequel has disappointed lots of Harper Lee fans because Atticus Finch, a role model for racial justice, has violated our expectations. But the siblings in "What Pet Should I Get?" are in tune with, are part of the same creative energy that resulted in the same time span of two of the testimonies to Dr. Seuss's sense that children's books can affirm the desire for social justice."
Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" isn't the only book out this summer that reveals an earlier look at beloved characters. Released on Tuesday, "What Pet Should I Get?" by Dr. Seuss features the same siblings seen in the 1960 classic "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish."
But unlike some fans of Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," those who love Dr. Seuss are unlikely to be disappointed, says Donald Pease, author of two books about Seuss and an English professor at the author's alma mater, Dartmouth College.
Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, wrote and illustrated more than 40 children's books during his lifetime.
Soon after his death in 1991, his widow, Audrey, set aside a box filled with pages of text and sketches during a home remodeling project.
In 2013, she and Geisel's longtime art director found the material again when they were cleaning out his office space, including the full text and illustrations for "What Pet Should I Get?"
Pease sees the book as a "sibling" to "One Fish, Two, Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," and says they should be read together. He suggests Seuss never published it because it ended up being a jumping off point for the "One Fish," book.
In new book, a brother and sister consider several real-world pets at a pet store _ dogs, cats, fish _ but then start to imagine fanciful creatures such as a "yent" in a tent. "One Fish, Two Fish," is full of imaginary animals.
Unlike the prolific Seuss, Harper Lee had only published one book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird," before "Go Set a Watchman" was released earlier this month. Completed before "Mockingbird" but set 20 years later, critics and readers were startled to find the heroic Atticus Finch of "Mockingbird" disparaging blacks and condemning the Supreme Court's decision to outlaw segregation in public schools.
In contrast, Pease says the new Seuss book joins other Seuss classics such as "The Sneetches and Other Stories" and "Green Eggs and Ham" in affirming social justice and racial equality.
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