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If I Ran the Zoo

If I Ran the Zoo


by Dr. Seuss

If I Ran the Zoo Stanzas 5 – 13 Summary

  • Four-footed lion? Puh-lease. McGrew needs ten feet at least (twelve preferable). People are impressed with the lion that walks with a caterpillar-like body.
  • McGrew goes and gets a hen that has another hen nesting in his top knot and another hen nesting in his and another in his and on and on and on. It's turtles—ahem, hens all the way down.
  • Then McGrew nabs himself an Elephant-Cat. Care to guess which half is which? The people are surprised to see such a thing and wonder what odd place he got it from. That pig-tailed girl is especially stoked.
  • The secret to catching such unusual beasties is to go to places "quite out-of-the-way" (9.4). For example, he travels to the North Pole in a Skeegle-mobile for "a family of What-do-you-knows" (9.9). The Skeegle-mobile looks kind of like a cross between a snow-mobile, a trailer, and a medieval assault vehicle. Wonder what the retail value is because we want one!
  • Then it's off to Zomba-ma-Tant for the Bustard bird, who "only eats custard with a sauce made of mustard" (10.4). While he's there, he might as well land himself a Flustard—a Siamese cat two-times the size of a lion!—too.
  • Caves, brooks, crannies, and nooks will all suffice to find new and exotic animals. Geography books won't help here, which is good since we didn't study as hard as we should have.
  • He'll even hit up "countries that no one can spell," such as Motta-fa-Potta-fa-Pell, ignoring the fact that we just spelled it of course (12.1). This country's port looks a like twisty, zany, stairway of awesome. If you look close enough, you can see a wild Joat.
  • McGrew will load up five boats of those Joats — a cow,squirrel, dog, and goat mix of a creature. Wonder what it eats?

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