Books: A Great Balancing Act

OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO! by Dr. Seuss; Random House; $12.95

The poetics are tight,

and the drawings are loose

in the forty-three books

that are signed Dr. Seuss.

In the days of the past

he would merrily tell

of the Grinch who took joy

in purloining noel.

Of the Cat in the Hat

and recalcitrant Sam,

who refused any meal

made of Green Eggs and Ham.

And of Horton and Sneetch

and of Yertle and Who

and of Thidwick the Moose

and If I Ran the Zoo.

Every Seusspenseful tale,

every verse that he did,

seemed to land on the...