March 2, would have been the 111st birthday for Theodore Seuss Geisel.
and this date has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
And who is Theodore Seuss Geisel?
Who indeed! only the biggest Who from Whoville and none other than
Dr Seuss himself!
We all know and love him
by that well loved, well searched
kid literature name Dr. Seuss.
Dr Seuss is a children's literature pioneer and icon for inspirational resources, books and quotes. If you love kid literature then you know it will not take you long to come across this genius, who knew how to speak kid language. And as we at Kid Literature know, our quote be stand by on all of our platforms is 'Someday you all will be old enough to read kid literature'.
Born March 2, (1904 – September 24, 1991) Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. was an American writer and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone. His works lay claim to feature films and television adaptations. He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Geisel also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, and a cartoonist for a newspaper. During World War II, he worked in an animation department of the United States Army.
Geisel published 46 children's books and he decided that the boring, samely 'Dick and Jane' series was so boring that he wanted children to read something, that would make them WANT to read.
"I have great pride
in taking Dick and Jane
out of most school libraries,"
he said. "That is my greatest satisfaction."
In 'Green Eggs and Ham' Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss' editor, bet him that he couldn't write a book using 50 words or less. The Cat in the Hat was so simple it was the required magic ingredients that was so sought after whether the world knew it yet or not. .
Keep it simple stupid (KISS) was applied and there you go - 50 words of simplicity, albeit genius. The children of the world were in for a fun, magic surprise.
These imaginative characters, and the way the rhyme was put together, was what changed the way everyone thought about children's books. All of a sudden the kid literacy world looked to be light years ahead of the 'Dick and Jane' books (or in the UK, where I am from, the equivalent was the 'Janet and John' books).
How it made them feel when they could steer their feet in this direction and see the places they could go!
It made small children enjoy reading, it made adults think.
Imagine writing 50 words and spending a year on that book!
Well Dr Seuss being the perfectionist he was, did just that. He also had been known to throw out all of his work if he was not 100% completely satisfied! Imagine nearly finishing your book if you will, and then something isn't right so you throw it out. No cutting out paragraphs and chapters, (which is hard to do) just throwing the lot away! How hard is it to let go of a character or 2, but imagine binning the lot!
Yes, let's use a lot of exclamation marks true Dr Seuss Style!!!! The man was a fool! He had to be!
No! he was a genius.
It can be a fine line between the two, in any generation, but maybe they can go hand in hand as he certainly got it right.
That was Dr Seuss.
HIS MOST CELEBRATED BOOKS.
Included; Green Eggs and Ham,
The Cat in the Hat,
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,
Fox in Socks,
The King's Stilts,
Hop on Pop,
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose,
Horton Hatches the Egg,
Horton Hears a Who!
and my favorite of all How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
I recently put this Picture post up from the film The Grinch, in reply to someone's comment under my Dr Seuss Day celebration post and the comment was in reference to something they would like to do to Dr Seuss and I can only imagine it was in reference to his old stereo-type cartoons he did for a magazine, long before he became famous.
But I like to look at the positive and it far out-ways any negative. Why search out flaws among all that is good? He did actually publicly apologise if he had used racial terms in those bygone days, which is a very admiral thing to do. I like to think of Dr Seuss as the Grinch who famously apologized in the book and film.
What marvelous work he did for children's literature, and to get children reading and enjoying books. Who could re-create that? a few but not so many..and wait, there is more! Oh Yes he is not done!
A recently "found" Dr. Seuss book called "What Pet Should I Get?" will be released on July 28.
When they announced the news that they were to get this gift from Dr Seuss from beyond the grave so it seemed, the literacy world turned into whoville with genuine whoville town collaborative exclamation intake of breath. Even outdoing the news about Harper Lee's first new book in half a century to be published this yer in July 2015
The full text and illustrations of “What Pet Should I Get?” were found by Geisel’s widow, Audrey, while she was re-doing their home shortly after the author’s death. It was believed he had worked on this late 1950's, early 60's. She put them to one side along with other and forgot out them, only to re-discover them gain in 2013! wheew , so pleased she did.
Come along for #DrSeussday #DrSeuss March the 2nd 2015! Celebrate his Birthday with us. You need to rhyme and rhyme in time. Rhyme in time, we all look fine!
Come along for #DrSeussday #DrSeuss March the 2nd 2015! at Kid Literature! Celebrate his Birthday with us.
You need to rhyme
and rhyme in time.
Rhyme in time
we all look fine!
https://uk.pinterest.com/KidLiterature/writing-and-writers 24 years after his death, a new Dr. Seuss manuscript has been found
Read all about Dr Seuss and that re-discovered manuscript .https://www.p/
I love Dr Seuss as he is an inspiration for literature and once you read his quotes and his books it is not hard to see how he is so loved by all world wide.
And I love to make my own stories and books rhyme. I find the rhyme comes easy... so now to write it all down ... I have a funny cat rhyming illustrated book out soon. In ebook, then print.
Why not be creative and make a mess, the Cat in the hat would like that the best!
the Grinch, the cat, the thing and the hat, you will soon be found singing, i think I'd like that!
All of these picture posts below and the activities and the fill with colour art sheets
are up all day today on Pinterest with Kid Literature
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plus there are so many more fun pages to enjoy reading and drawing in!
Go see, there are places you could go!
Why not be creative and make a mess. The Cat in the hat would like that the best!
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Read on to get to more Seuss Juice....
Please go here to read it. It is a whole lot fun!
A blog for your thoughts by Carmela Dutra
Neil Gaiman reads Dr Seuss.
Information found on the web about Dr Seuss day. Across America people are joining in with this party. All branches of the Mesa Library are hosting Dr. Seuss birthday parties with games, crafts, stories and treats from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, March 2. Find the free event at Mesa's main library, 64 E. First St.; Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road; Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road and the Mesa Express Library, 2055 S. Power Road, Suite 1031.
Details go to mesalibrary.org.
Eat green eggs and ham. On Saturday, March 7, the Outlets at Anthem hosts a Cat in the Hat Breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m. On the menu: green eggs and ham, hash browns, juice and milk. The Cat in the Hat will appear to read books and take photos with kids. Breakfast is $5, and proceeds benefit the Deer Valley Education Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at the customer-service counter.
Details: 4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix; outletsanthem.com.
Hear "The Cat in the Hat." Barnes & Noble bookstores are hosting children's storytime at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2 as part of Read Across America Day. At Barnes & Noble at the Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center, Desert Ridge Marketplace, Metro Center and Tempe Marketplace, storytellers will be reading Dr. Seuss classics such as "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" "Green Eggs and Ham," and "The Cat in the Hat."
Buy a book. Dr. Seuss books are on sale right now! Simply google any book into the search bar and press shopping, or go to Amazon, link here > amazon Dr.-Seuss or any bookstore to get copies of hardcover classics including "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham" and many more.
Read more about Geisel/aka Dr Seuss and his legacy at www.seussville.com