Dear Dr. Seuss Dealers and Collectors,
Ted Geisel dedicated McElligot’s Pool to his father, T.R. Geisel of Springfield, Mass., whom he pronounced “the world’s greatest authority on Blackfish, Fiddler Crabs and Deegel Trout. This book of whimsical rhymes is about Marco, a bold boy who withstands the taunts of a nay-saying farmer who’s convinced there are no fish to be caught in McElligott’s Pool.
In typical Seussian fashion, when confronted with the limitations of a situation, Geisel’s character, Marco, resorts to his powerful imagination to create an impressive reality of Seussian fish.
A 1947 “Caldecott Honor” book, McElligott’s Pool clearly stands out among Geisel’s artistic accomplishments and is one of just two Seuss books developed from vibrantly colored paintings, versus his traditional pen and ink illustrations.
Ted Geisel’s original paintings from this book remain out of the public eye and, to this day, are under the archival care of the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego. However this past April, guests attending the “Seuss San Diego” event were treated to a rare private viewing and were able to witness firsthand the luminous, compelling and extraordinary qualities of these award-winning paintings.
Now for the first time, we proudly present Racing North to Get Cool, a new hand-pulled serigraph on canvas from the McElligot’s Pool collection.
Curator, Art of Dr. Seuss Collection