Monday, March 3, 2014

Happy Birthday to You and Happy Reading to Me!

“I am what I am! That’s a great thing to be! If I say so myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!”  ~Dr. Seuss

Theodor Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. He passed away on September 24, 1991.  It is hard to believe he is gone since his writing and his art continues to touch people; adults and children alike. After all, Theodor Geisel was also known as Dr. Seuss, and whose life hasn’t been touched by Dr. Seuss in some way?

To celebrate Dr. Seuss this weekend, I wrote a book review of one of my favorite Seuss books. Even though today is a day past his birth date, you can join the fun and review your favorite Seuss book too.  Especially since March 3, 2014 is National Read Across America Day.  What a better way to introduce a child to the love of reading than with a Seuss book?

In addition to writing a review of McElligot's Pool, I also pulled a few lesser-known (is there really such a thing) Seuss titles from my shelf this weekend and read them again.  I love that Seuss brought us both entertainment and life lessons. One of those very important lessons is something I am still trying to learn from Marco and his adventures at McElligot’s Pool. You will have to either read my review or the book itself to know which life lesson I’m referring to.

Thank you Theodor Geisel for sharing your talent and vision with us. And for introducing us to the Cat in the Hat, green eggs and ham, Things 1 & 2, and so many other wonderful characters, places, and things. 

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  1. Ah, Happy Birthday to a man who touched the child in all of us. After all, haven't we all learned something, or been reminded of something, every time we read one of the Dr. Seuss books? His work spans generations. My granddaughters now love his books, as I do.

    1. I feel exactly the same way. My grandbaby isn't old enough to try to read, but you can know that he already has Seuss books. :)

  2. I am so glad you took some playful reading time for Seuss and his friends and how delightful your review of McElligot's Pool is, Dawn Rae! Happy Read Across America Day!

  3. Ruthi, Happy Read Across America Day to you too!

  4. What a special combination - Dr. Seuss' birthday and 'Read Across America Day'. The two events certainly go together as who hasn't read a Dr. Seuss book... or two... or three. :) There is nothing 'happier' than reading a Seuss rhyme!

  5. If I could be one famous author, I would want to be Dr. Seuss. To me he represents everything I appreciate in children's literature. Oh to be a writer that turns a young spirit on to reading. I plan to make a visit to the library today and will pick up a Seuss book or two. I suspect we would all benefit from frequent Seuss "bookings." He lives on in each of us... Dr. Seuss... immortalized by our love for him. Appreciated your review and this tribute.

  6. What a wonderful reason for a break from your niche -- Dr. Seuss and reading! I remember his books from growing up as do my children. One day, I will share them with grandchildren as well. Dr. Seuss is an institution and one that teaches the love of stories. His rhymes made his books feel almost magical. Thanks Dawn! As you say, imagination is a beautiful thing!

  7. I love Dr. Seuss! One fish, two fish. Red fish, blue fish.

  8. Dr. Seuss was / is fabulous! I loved your review, the personal story and the memories you shared in your article on Squidoo. You really are an exceptional writer. You have the ability to capture my attention, hold it and entertain me when I am reading.

  9. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss. Always enjoyable to revisit a Dr. Seuss book or two, even if no children are around to read them to. These classic tales will never be forgotten and will always be enjoyed by all of us - young & old.

  10. Who doesn't like Dr. Seuss? They were some of the best books we had for our children....and grandchildren.

  11. My two favorites are Green Eggs and Ham and Horton Hatches the Egg. I loved reading these books to my brother and to my children. I love the way Dr. Seuss plays with words.


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