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    [Dr. Seuss]. Theodor Geisel Typed Letter Signed "Ted." One page, 8.5" x 13", Ponderosa [California], July 2 [n. y.]. Dr. Seuss is throwing out ideas to improve what would become the book "Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb." He writes, in part: "Re HAND BOOK, Al's [author Al Perkins] new version is very encouraging. Much simpler and more illustratable than before. I am now analyzing it from the point of view of action and forward motion. Also, to see if we can get more of a 'story feeling' into it. Also to see if it can be made more exciting, step by step."

    He concludes his critique with some words of encouragement: "The above is just rumination that I haven't thought through yet. But if you and Al see what I'm driving at, maybe he'd like to experiment a little, with these criticisms in mind. The book will be good. The writing is infinitely better than before. But it still needs fewer static scenes and more excitement...Generally, however, I'd say we now have a list of things we can experiment with...But let's see what some of these properties sound like after Al has foodled around with one ir [sic] two of them?"

    Like his books, he ends the letter with humor: "I must go swimming. My bones still are bruised from the Rodeo last Sunday."

    Folds; light, minor staining at top and left. Fine.

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