Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Would You, Could You in a Box?

Would you, could you with a fox? Would you, could you with a mouse? Or in a house?


Happy Dr Seuss Birthday!!



Man, I'm a sucker for a Dr Seuss book. I loved them as a kid and love them still. We have the whole collection and my kids love them too. Honestly, Dr Seuss inspired me in so many ways creatively, but the biggest way is that he taught me to set my imagination free.

Imagination works best when you set it free......

My fave of all the books is Oh the Places You'll Go. It's just so positive and encouraging. 


Oh the Thinks You Can Think is another fave.





I'd love to hop into Dr Seuss world and lose myself for a while. The colors, the fashion, the silly rhymes... Golly gee, I'd fit right in! I'd speak in rhymes and paint my skin. I love how he just made words up to fit whatever he needed. That's what I'm talking about when I say Dr Seuss inspired me to set my imagination free. He thought outside the box.... And probably without the fox. And I bet he was wearing mix-matched socks.

What an enormous influence Dr Seuss has been on people everywhere. If his stories don't get the right side of your brain cranking, not much will.

Peeps everywhere are celebrating this day and promoting literacy for children. What a fantastic opportunity to read to a child or at least encourage a child to read for themselves.



Do you have any special plans for Dr Seuss Day? Or any special memories of Dr Seuss books as a child? Please share....

30 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

To be honest I can't remember a Dr. Seuss book as a child, but they certainly sound interesting.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Yvonne,

Liz Fichera said...

I totally HEART Dr. Seuss! When I was a kid, my mom enrolled my sisters and me in a Dr. Seuss book-of-the-month type program. Each month, we'd get a new Dr. Seuss book. I can still hear so many of the little jingles in my head because we used to read those books over and over and over. Love them all.

Mary said...

My favorite was/is Hop on Pop. Although I do enjoy Green Eggs and Ham, too! I love Dr. Seuss and the story behind his books.

The Blogger Formerly Known As said...

Wow, I grew up on Dr Seuss books. I didn’t realize his birthday was so close to mine.

Angela Felsted said...

I love Dr. Seuss!

kmullican said...

Shel Silverstein a/k/a Dr. Suess was a brilliant writer. I was introduced to his non-kid-friendly works by a local musician who would recite his poems.

My favorite of his is probably The Perfect High...it has a "moral of the story" at the very end and is so entertaining.

RIP Shel Silverstein!

Great post!

Carla White said...

Awesome post! I love Dr. Seuss! My favourites as a child were Green Eggs & Ham and The First of Octember. I still have my original copy of the latter, it's dog-eared and falling apart and I hope I get to pass it on to my children one day. I used to make my babysitter read me Green Eggs & Ham everyday and she got so sick of it, but I never did.

Tracy said...

I'm in the minority when it comes to Dr. Seuss. I read them as a kid, but they were way too trippy for me. Then again Willy Wonka scared (still does) the bejesus out of me.

To this day, I still don't understand why anyone would want green eggs and ham. ;o)

Lisa Potts said...

Hop On Pop was the first book my daughter learned to read on her own.

Her elementary school celebrates Dr. Seuss every year during the week of his birthday. Each day the kids get to wear mismatched clothes or crazy socks or hats in celebration.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I don't think I've read Oh the Thinks you can Think! I will have to remedy that! Happy Seuss Day! :)

DM said...

I didn't know about today! I will spend some time reading Dr. Seuss. My favorites? Cat in the Hat and Oh the Thinks you can Think.
Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I might just have to dig out one of his books (or two) from the bookshelf and read it to the kids tonight. :D

William Kendall said...

I always loved his work as a kid, and still do.

"I do not want green eggs and ham, I do not want them, Sam I Am!"

Ellie said...

Will you tell me off if I admit i've never read one? I do know where you are coming from though - we should all release the inner child more often.

Thank you for the awesome suggestions for naming my MC. The idea of a character interview sounds a great place to start!

Colene Murphy said...

Awesome books!! Makes me want to read some Dr. S

Jules said...

I did not know it was Dr. Seuss day. I so agree with you though, his imagination was definitely something to let yourself go in and I don't think I could pick a favorite :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Kathryn said...

Definitely some memories with The Grinch, and Green Eggs and Ham. Love it!

T C Mckee said...

I bought the whole collection when I was pregnant with my daughter. I read to her early on and we cherished every book together. Now I read to my nephew. We're on the Spiderwick Chronicles at the moment. Anything to get him away from those video games he plays is a good thing.

Kindros said...

I loved these books. Great times. Sad they made some of them into movies. The ones I've seen haven't been all that great though.

Katie S. Taylor said...

The book that stands out to me is The Foot Book. I had the whole thing memorized at one time. *sigh.* Good times.

Diana said...

When I was a kid, I tried to read them as fast as I could without losing my breath. Not easy thing to do, but he helped me improve the speed of my reading. He was brilliant. :)

Michelle Merrill said...

My dad ALWAYS read us the Dr. Seuss books. The one I remember him reading the most was the 500 hats of Bartholomew Higgins...or something like that. I might've totally botched that title.

Now I read the same stories to my kids and they love them. Thank goodness for Dr. Seuss and his imagination!

Thanks for the post.

Gina Blechman said...

We had a Dr. Seuss celebration in the dining hall at my college. There were cookies in the sides of the cat in the hat's hat. There was a peanut butter and jelly bar to make pb&j or pb and celery or whatever you could possibly want with pb or j. And of course all of the other childhood favorites, plus pictures of Dr. Seuss characters pasted everywhere. I have to say, it made me feel super warm and fuzzy inside.

<3 Gina Blechman

Melissa Bradley said...

I love, love Dr. Seuss, especially Green Eggs and Ham and The Grinch. I love to read them out loud, in a crowd, anywhere I'm allowed. What a fun, positive post. Just the thing for a day like today.

Margo Kelly said...

I love Dr. Seuss! Green Eggs and Ham... yup.

Faith said...

I remember reading 'The Lorax' and not understanding it at ALL. There were a few Seuss books like that... but I think 'One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish' stays best in my memory. Well, that and the Grinch, as we watched (and still do) the old animated version of the story every Christmas Eve!

LTM said...

we were all sick and totally missed Dr. Seuss day. BUT! We just read Horton and the Egg the other day. So we were anticipating the event... :D <3

Arlee Bird said...

When I was in Kindergarten back in 1956 or so I remember the teacher reading a Dr Seuss book and I was enthralled. I think this was what got me hooked on surrealism. I later liked to read the books to my younger brothers and sister, and then later my own kids. They're fun to read aloud.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Stephen Tremp said...

I seem to miss Dr. Seuss Day every year. I loved his books when I was a kid and my kids loved them too. I imagine his works will be just as popular 100 years from now.

DiscConnected said...

Favorite books-"Green Eggs & Ham" and "The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins" (or something like Cubbins-it's been more than 40 years!)

I think my favorite Dr. Seuss memory came as an adult.

There was a Saturday Night Live where Jesse Jackson read "Green Eggs & Ham." It was inspirational!

LC