Monday, March 02, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dr. Seuss
When I was a kid, my family had a few Dr. Seuss books—Yertle the Turtle and If I Ran the Circus—but I’m not sure where these came from and I certainly don’t remember either of my parents reading them aloud. There’s so much I don’t know but I’m fairly sure of this: Dr. Seuss meant for his books to be read aloud. And really, is there any literature more fun to read aloud than his?
My Dr. Seuss love is directly attributed to my children, especially Winston, who is nearly 7 and who could forsake all other books for an exclusive reading diet of all things Seussian.
Please don’t ask me to pick a favorite Seuss book. I thrill to most of his books for the illustrations—crazy characters, vivid colors—as well as the rhymes. But Fox in Socks provides the greatest tongue twisters I’ve ever known. My goal is always to read it through without stumbling—and, it can be done.
In addition to a stunningly prolific career as a children’s book author, Dr. Seuss, (a.k.a. Theodore Geisel) illustrated ad campaigns. Read more about his illustrious career here.