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Monday, March 2, 2009

Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!


Yes, today is Dr. Seuss' Birthday. Isn't it delightful? Today would have been his 105th birthday.

Even as an adult, I still love Dr. Seuss. Don't you? What an amazing soul! And, to have published as many books as he did in his lifetime. What an accomplishment.

Theodor "Seuss" Geisel was his "real" name. And, no, he wasn't a doctor.

At the time of his death on September 24, 1991, he had written and illustrated 44 children's books, including all-time favorites, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You'll Go, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His books had been translated into more than 15 languages. Over 200 million copies have been sold.

His honors included two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize.

He made a point of not beginning the writing of his stories with a moral in mind, saying that "kids can see a moral coming a mile off." But, he was not against writing about issues. He said "there's an inherent moral in any story"and had said that he was "subversive as hell." Love him!

His brilliance was in that he wrote most of his books in anapestic tetrameter, a poetic meter also used by many poets of the English language. He credited learning this method from his beloved mother who used to lull him and his siblings to sleep by chanting rhymes that she had learned during her childhood.

I continue to be inspired by his brilliance. Even though I do not write picture books. It's his beautiful use of language. How he mixed his sublime ideas with simplistic prose.

Even now, as I read his splendidly ingenious stories to my pre-k class, I recognize the glimmer in the eyes and the excitement in their soul as they "get it." They just do...because he "got" them.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
- Dr. Seuss The Lorax

XOXO CJ

Shoe Mood:







Very "Dr. Seuss-ie" indeed!

8 comments:

Bish Denham said...

Oooooo! I absolutely LOVE Dr. Seuss!

My favorite book is the Cat in the Hat, followed closely by Horton Hears a Who.

And your shoes are a perfect fit!

Kelly said...

I was wondering if it was Dr. Seuss's bday today, my Google search engine is made of his characters today! Love the rhymes of Dr. Seuss, we own most of his books. He was a master!
Perfect shoes for today!

Christina Farley said...

Love those shoes! Definitely Dr. Seussish! I think my favorite is Oh the Places We'll Go.

Rena said...

We still read his books a lot at our house. He'll always be loved. My favorites were "Are You My Mother?", "Horton Hears A Who" and the ABC alphabet book. Great stuff.

And great shoes -- very Seuss-like!

Candace Ryan said...

Love, love, love the shoes!

Even before I could read, I "read" the pictures of Dr. Suess. GREEN EGGS AND HAM was my first love.

This week my son and I are attending and blogging about as many Dr. Suess parties as possible. "Oh the places we'll go..."

Cindy said...

Dr. Seuss is wonderful! I have so much fun reading his books to my kids. And I do voices and act silly and it gives me a reason to be a kid again! Though I don't write poetry, certainly nothing fun and rhythmical like that, his work is still inspirational in making us think outside the box. Thanks!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Dr. Seuss is awesome! My favorites are "What Was I Scared of?" and "Too Many Daves"

CJ Raymer said...

It was great to hear how Dr. Seuss is still so well loved by adults. It's honestly no surprise, just nice to read.

Next Friday is "Horton Hears a Who" day at our academy. It's going to be so much fun with everyone walking around with their big elephant ears on. Tee! Hee!

Thanks for your posts gals! XOXO

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