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It’s a Seuss-ical Day!

03/02/2016 Published by: Amy Soupene

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Happy Birthday, Theodor Seuss Geisel!  Our beloved, Dr. Seuss would be celebrating his 112th birthday this year. 

Can any of us remember a reading corner at school that did not contain Dr. Seuss books?  The bright illustrations and simple rhymes made for a perfect children’s book. 

I recall how proud I was when I could read all by myself “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”  I listened as my daughter diligently worked to read aloud “Hop on Pop” and celebrated with her the proud moment when she completed the last page.

Dr. Seuss’ books have been adapted to television, feature films, and even a Broadway musical.  His first children’s book, “And to Think I saw it on Mulberry Street”, was published in 1937.  Many more books were to follow, but not until after World War II. 

During the war, Mr. Geisel worked for the U.S. Army in the animation department producing several short films.  One film, Design for Death, even earned him an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 1947.

Over his career, Dr. Seuss authored over 60 books.  His final book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, was published a year before his death in 1991.  It is now a popular gift for graduates.

                             

Why not join the fun and celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday?  For 19 years, the NEA has sponsored the Read Across America day.  Schools across the nation hold reading celebrations, with Dr Seuss and his famous Cat in the Hat as mascots.

Want to host your own Happy Birthday Party for Dr. Suess?  Start by reacquainting yourself  with your favorite books and shows. You can plan crafts, activities and a menu with a Dr. Seuss and Cat in the Hat theme.  Seussville.com has loads of fun ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  From simple to elaborate there are lots of great ideas here.

Whatever you do, take time to remember when you first learned to read and that unequaled sense of pride when you mastered it.  Share that love of reading with someone today!

Have a Seussical Day!

~Amy

 

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