“Oh the places you’ll go”
…with Dr. Seuss!
“Did I ever tell you how lucky you are?...If you’d never been born, well, then what would you be?”
“I do so like green eggs and ham!”
Me, a lifelong fan, “I do so love Dr. Seuss, Sam-I-am!”
The power of words, the glorious fun of imagination, and the challenges of telling a story with big ideas—all are the discoveries that come with the writings of Ted Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss was born from a publisher’s challenge: The editor gave a list of 348 words every six year old should know to Geisel and asked him to write a book 'children can’t put down." From that challenge, the Cat in the Hat was born.
Dr. Seuss created over 60 books that were translated into 20 languages. He was honored with the Pulitzer Prize, named as one of 100 people who helped change the world by Life magazine, and presented with multiple literary awards. His birthday is honored as Read Across America Day, sponsored by the National Education Association, applauding the difference Ted Geisel made in creating young readers, read-aloud times with caregivers, and children who love books.
In Mem Fox’s book Reading Magic, Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, she writes of the importance of finding books with “rhymes and similar structures that swing from the stars on rhythm alone: books with strongly repeating patterns, or very clear rhymes, and language that’s used curiously in new and inventive ways. We’ll be looking for outrageous words and phrases that children can appropriate into their own vocabularies, often hilariously. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss is a prime example…Dr. Seuss books are never forgettable.”
It is fun to read a Dr. Seuss book aloud, to experiment with the rhymes and to be challenged by some of the big ideas presented in such playful ways: trying new things (Green Eggs and Ham), appreciating the natural world (Bartholomew and the Oobleck), and knowing that differences are OK and not reasons for wars (The Butter Battle Book). The book’s length can be daunting at times and their characters out-of-this-world unique, but the experience of discovering and sharing Dr. Seuss’ books is priceless.
…and “oh, the thinks you will think!” and the “word-memories” you will have for a lifetime.
Thank you, Dr. Seuss!
- Patty Cassella
Learning Experience Specialist
March StoryWalk® features Dr. Seuss's "The Foot Book". Come explore this classic in the Literacy Tree House area! Just look for the StoryWalk® sign.
*The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Storywalk® at KidsPlay Children’s Museum was made possible with the support of the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation.