I always loved the Dr. Seuss books when I was growing up, but my absolute favorite was McElligot’s Pool. The little boy in the story, instead of being discouraged by the farmer’s disbelief in his activities (fishing in McElligot’s Pool, the local dumping ground for junk) is instead inspired to new heights of imagination, patience, and persistence.
The more the little boy talks about the fish, the wilder his possible fish get. He starts out with thin fish and fat fish, but moves on to fish made of strawberry jelly, and ski-racing, chute-wearing fish. By the end of the book, he’s catching a thing-a-ma-jigger in his imagination.
Throughout the book is scattered nuggets of patience and persistence, validating that good things come to those who wait.
If I wait long enough, if I’m patient and cool,
Who knows what I’ll catch in McElligot’s Pool!