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
Very "Dr. Seuss-ie" indeed!