It's Dr. Seuss' birthday today! He would have been 109 years old today! Wow! I admire Theodore Seuss Giesel for his ability to get so many children and families reading over the 76 years, but I have to say some of his most famous books are not my favorites. It wasn't until I did a bit of research and learned that two of our favorite books, both authored by Theo. Lesieg, were actually written by the Dr. himself, only using a pen name, his last name backwards!
My son brought Dr. Seuss' first published book home from the preschool library a few weeks ago, And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street. It was published in 1937, and it showed that it was from a different era based on the language in it. I have to say I didn't love it. I bought my son a copy of The Cat in the Hat when he was a baby because I thought it was a book he should have. We've read it a couple of times, but neither of us particularly like it. (It is just weird.) He does watch the PBS cartoon, the Cat in the Hat and the stories and educational messages of the show are great, but that cat is just so odd looking, right?
My favorite books were The Foot Book (I don't know why,) Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?, My Book About Me (which is funny to read what I wrote in it all those years ago,) Wacky Wednesday, and Oh The Places You'll Go! My son loves my old copy of The Many Mice of Mr. Brice, which is a pop-up book that is slowly falling apart since it's about 35 years old! My copy of Wacky Wednesday is falling apart too, so I did purchase a new copy for him, since he loves to read that too.
I had fun exploring the website Seusville to learn more about the author, his history and all the books published over the years. Reading a Dr. Seuss book is certainly fun, as the rhyming makes it easy to read and the repetition of words helps early readers improve their vocabulary. We'll be reading our favorite Dr. Seuss books before bed tonight!