“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go,” -Dr. Seuss-
Today Dr. Seuss would have been one-hundred-and-thirteen years old. His books continue to be popular with children. Most importantly, they have taught, dare I say millions, of children to read. The text is rhyming and full of imaginary characters. No wonder these books never go out of print or out of style.
My children learned how to read with Green Eggs and Ham. Once they mastered recognizing “Sam I am”, the world of reading opened wide. And, what a wonderful world it was.
Some years ago a parent asked me to write a message to her child in the Dr. Seuss Book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! This was her plan:
Jennie, you’re his first teacher. I will ask you, and every teacher he has through high school, to write a message in this book. It will become his high school graduation present.
Oh my goodness. What a terrific idea, and what a powerful gift to your eighteen-year-old.This has since become popular for parents to do for their children. Wonderful, considering the book and its theme. Thank you, Dr. Seuss!
A funny Dr. Seuss story: I read How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Collin insisted that it was not the real story. “Jennie, the grinch is white. He’s supposed to be green.” No matter how many times I talked about the book being first, before the movie, Collin had a hard time understanding a white grinch.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss