If you said green eggs and ham, then I would know that you did not let March 2nd pass without a celebration. That is the day that Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Giesel, would have turned 108 years old. So, in honor of that special day, I’d like to dedicate this post to this creative man.
Like many of you I grew up loving Dr. Seuss. I had a bookcase full of “Beginner Books” and would read them over and over. Who could forget Hop on Pop or that Sam-I-Am? Did you know that Dr. Seuss (the Dr. was added, even though he did not complete his doctorate at Oxford University) took a list of beginning words for first graders, 250 words, and was challenged to write a book that children couldn’t put down? Maybe you have heard of it, Green Eggs and Ham.
As you know, Dr. Seuss made up words to fit his rhymes. But, have you ever thought of where “nerd” or “grinch” came from? Check out more words, here, that have Dr. Seuss origin.
Dr. Seuss has become a constant in teaching lessons to our children about compassion, faithfulness, being environmentally conscious, speaking up for others and much more. I’m looking forward to the new Lorax film in movie theaters. Have you marked your calendar? I’m kind of torn because I have such fond memories of the 1972, The Lorax short film, I hope they don’t change much. What are your feelings?
Dr. Seuss, has always played his part to get a message out. During World War II, he drew political cartoons, as highlighted in this PBS story. He also made army training films with Chuck Jones, creator of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.
Because of his influence through the arts, especially books, his birthday has become the National Read Across America Day (National Education Association).
How much do you know about Dr. Seuss?
Much of the information was found in Your Favorite Dr. Seuss, which celebrates his 100th birthday. Click on the photo below to get your copy and own some of your favorites.