They're at a pet store and have the permission (and funds) to buy a pet, but they have no idea what they should get
In this work, oddly his most recent published in 2015, a boy character and a girl character ("Kay"), who are presumably brother and sister, venture into the Pet Shop to find only one animal-pet to take home. Their father has agreed to pay for this pet, and the decision between the children is exactly which pet to purchase and commit to. In the end it is never specified which animal the children choose but only (through images) that it fits in a picnic basket on top the boy's head and has two white eyes. The children leave the Pet Shop satisfied and happy, the quintessential "happy ending." The images within "What Pet Should I Get?" tell a story in themselves seeing how the story and it's drawings were published post-passing of Seuss. According to Cathy Goldsmith, art director under Seuss/at Rnadom House Publishers, the style of drawing the boy and girl are illustrated dates directly within the period of 1958-1962, era of "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish." In fact, the children are identical! They represent as children, the "common brother" and "common sister" characters, and only because of color printing alone I believe, are depicted as being caucasian. I feel as if the pages were not colored in the children would not have any affiliation to any race; color blind-casting in a way, and a way to stretch the story and it's images across many cultures. The images as well (such as the reoccurring "Yent" animal in Seuss's texts) are undoubtably Seuss's style which gives the entire story a feel of being "a classic." As for "isms" we've discussed in class, the boy and girl ("Kay") look like they'd be children within the middle class of society due to their father paying for whichever pet they pick. "What pet should I get?" in general could be criticized a s"first world"-like problem, meaning that only families that can afford a pet struggle with which one, out of the pet store's inventory, to buy. In addition, the children range their prospects in terms of size from fish to dog to Yent as big as a "tent." Who could afford to keep alive an animal as big as a Big Top-size tent? Not many families, that's who! On the same page the story shows boy and Kay's home and they obviously live on the second floor which, in it's imagery, carries weight in cost/status as well. The character voice, narrator, and and mood are once again, recognizably Seuss-like, causing old fans to fall in love with him even more (feel like his presence in the world isn't too far gone), and newer fans to get wrapped in.
The set-up for What Pet Should I Get? is fun: a brother and sister—they appear to be the same kids from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish—go to a pet store to buy a pet. After initially disagreeing over whether they should get a full-grown dog or a cat, they soon become overwhelmed by a multiplicity of options: puppies, kittens, birds, fish, monkeys. Seuss then doubles down and starts throwing his own fantastical creations into the mix, including “a fast king of thing / who would fly round my head / in a ring on a string” and a bird who looks to be three stories tall but whose stork-like legs fold up and allow it to be stashed under a desk.
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"What pet should I get?" Well, getting a pet is a big decision
A whole lot of What Pet Should I Get? is about the difficulty of making up your mind. The kids in the book have been sent to the pet shop with a simple task: Choose one pet, buy it, and be back home by noon. But this task turns out to be way more complicated than the imagined. The kids simply cannot make up their minds. They know they nave to pick out a pet that they both love, and they know that they have until noon to do so, but every time they turn around there's another cool animal to look at. Ugh.Choosing where to get your pet is also very important. When Dr. Seuss wrote What Pet Should I Get? over fifty years ago, it was common for people to simply buy dogs, cats, and other animals at pet stores. Today animal advocates encourage us to adopt them from a shelter or rescue organization and warn us never to purchase our pets from places that are supplied by puppy mills. We wholeheartedly agree and completely support this recommendation. Choosing to adopt can help save the life of an animal that may not otherwise get a second chance at finding a forever home. Did you know that you can rescue all kinds of animals, including birds, turtles, rabbits, and guinea pigs?