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Tongue Twister Theology (5 of 5)
Series: Dr. Seuss And God
OPEN: How many of you have ever read "Fox in Socks"?
I've read many Dr. Seuss books to my kids, though I'm not sure I've ever read this one.
But there are many people who love this book. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it features 2 main characters Mr. Fox and Mr. Knox who converse almost entirely in densely rhyming tongue-twisters.
Years ago, there was a TV sitcom about aliens who came to earth and tried to figure out "earth culture".
One episode dealt with the "leader" of this group examining "Fox In Socks" as a way of understanding the literature of human beings. He read a short segment of the "tweetle beetle battle" that I'm going to read for you next and recited it flawlessly without seeming to take a breath.
This part of the book goes this way:
"What do you know about tweetle beetles?
Well… when tweetle beetles fight, it's called a tweetle beetle battle.
And when they battle in a puddle, it's a tweetle beetle puddle battle.
AND when tweetle beetles battle with paddles in a puddle,
They call it a tweetle beetle puddle paddle battle.
AND…when beetles battle beetles in a puddle paddle battle
And the beetle battle puddle is a puddle IN a bottle…
They call this a tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle.
AND… when beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles
and the bottle's ON a poodle and the poodle's eating noodles
… they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle."
After reciting part of the poem, the "alien" paused dramatically and said "The man's a genius!"
That sitcom character was clueless about the fact that this was simply a children's book. But in that one statement, there was a great deal of insight. The alien associated genius with something being complicated.
If it was complicated, it had to be intelligent.
And I've noticed that - when it comes to the Bib ...
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