|Photo from Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss|
When I worked for Positively No Communication, one of the highlights was being the ‘special reader’ at one of the kids schools. I would dress in stripes and don a Cat in the Hat Hat and read Dr Seuss books to enthralled readers, then hand out a trinket and account opening kit. The kids were getting a crash course on their A, B C: Always Be Closing.
Now that I’m not allowed to leave the car with the Boy (sniff, sniff) and The Teen would strangle me if I showed up at school dressed this way, I can only hand the baton to those who have an opportunity to continue the reading legacy that one Theodor Seuss Geisel begin.
After a May 1954 Life article published a report about illiteracy among children, Geisel and his publisher were inspired to write a book that would captivate children as well as help them learn words that was important. Nine months later, The Cat in the Hat was born and went on to instant success.
He wrote Green Eggs and Ham inspired by a bet that he could only use 50 words in the entire book. He won that bet, but was never paid.
Here are my favorite Seuss books and why:
The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so a mischievous cat came to the house for the day!
As a child I always sided with the kids but as an adult I sympathize with the fish. Can you imagine the way he felt when he saw the path of destruction that the cat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 had left? And real talk: did the kids get into mommy’s bottom drawer or just had excellent imaginations?
The Mister always felt this book promoted father abuse. The Mister was also heavy into the X-Files at this time so any and everything was a conspiracy.
This was a favorite of the Teen. We just moved into our own home and many morning we would find her camped on the floor outside of our room. This book helped her get comfortable with staying in her bed, and using her imagination when she thought a creature was in the house.
Not a favorite per se, but the controversy around this book fascinates me. That some people can say this book had a hidden meaning of pro-life versus pro-choice when it was really about an elephant and some little people. Find something else to do people!
This book reminds me of The Boy. Sam-I-Am is so persistent in getting the other guy to try these Green Eggs and Ham. Written in a simpler time, today it’s described as a book about peer pressure and possible drug use. I’m quite creative in my kitchen but green eggs and ham makes me think that something might be rotten in my fridge. It also reminds me of people who claim not to like something (of course, never having tried it!) and once they like it, BOOM, they have a new favorite. I will say this, I would NOT eat them with a fox, in a box, or in socks.
Published after Dr. Seuss passed away, I find this book a bit dreary. Yes, we all have days when we go through the gambit of emotions, but this was bittersweet. The last book written by Dr Seuss (I think his wife did more than she actually admits) it’s a hard one to read knowing these are the last time he would delight a child and the inner child within.
What Dr Seuss books are your favorites and why?