A kindergarten class was doing an author study on Dr. Seuss and asked me to read a Dr. Seuss book of my choosing during their library period. I happily picked There's A Wocket in My Pocket, which I used to sing to my own children, and proceeded to happily embarass myself by singing the book to the kindergarteners. Except I was tripping over my words because, while they were similar, they were not identical to the version I'd always sung to my own kids.
Which was the original and which was the impostor? It took some close reading to find out. I'd been reading the board book all these years, which I'm pretty sure we'd acquired as a gift or a hand-me-down, not as an original purchase. Turns out, the board book had been "adapted" from the original.
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