Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Today is Theodore Geisel’s birthday, who many know as Dr. Seuss. As a child and an adult I love Dr. Seuss’s books. I love that they teach children how to rhyme, I love that some of the stories just seem nonsensical and random, and I also love the inspiration of Dr. Seuss’s career. I like to call his books, along with other “children’s books”, picture books instead, because these books are not just for children. They are for people of all ages who love a good story and art. That’s also why I love graphic novels so much! Dr. Seuss actually wrote and illustrated many of his books.
Did you know that Dr. Seuss was actually rejected 27 times before one of his books got published? I think is inspiration to anyone who has faced difficulties in persevering in their career. Dr. Seuss’s career not only filled us with wonderful stories, but is a testament to what we can do when we are passionate about something, even if the world tells us we will fail! His books were anything but mainstream, and they always had a heartfelt message such as: What do you do when an obnoxious cat breaks into your house and torments your goldfish? How do you pressure your friend into eating foods that he finds disgusting? Actually, all kidding aside, much of the imagery in his books reflected his childhood in Springfield, and many of his stories did have heartfelt lessons that were inspired by some of the things he experienced as a child. This includes his love for rhyming, which was influenced by his mother who chanted rhymes to him when he was a child.
Some of my favorite Dr. Seuss Books:
* Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
* The Cat In The Hat
*The Grinch Who Stole Christmas ( of course! )
* Green Eggs and Ham
I could list his books all day, there are so many great stories, and so many that teach numbers, rhyming, and other neat lessons. You can also check out some information on his bio on:
* I can’t believe I didn’t make green eggs and ham today! What a missed opportunity!