by Ilana Wiles
"March 2, 1904 is the birthday of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss).
I remember loving Dr. Seuss’s books from when I was little and my daughter received a hand-me-down collection of his early reader books (Go Dog Go, Mr. Brown Can Moo, There’s A Wocket in My Pocket, etc.) before she was even born. They quickly became some of her favorites as well.
As she gets older, it’s interesting to see her begin to question the characters and images portrayed in Dr. Seuss’s books since they require a bit of imagination.
“What’s that?” she’ll ask continually.
“It a half duck, half dog wearing shoes,” I’ll say.
“What’s that?” she’ll ask on the next page.
“It’s a kangeroo riding an elephant with a wig on.”
“What’s that?” she’ll ask again.
“Ummmm…. It’s a… Fiffer-Feffer-Feff.”
I don’t have the heart to tell her she is never going to bump into a Fiffer-Feffer-Feff in real life.
I’m an out-of-the-box thinker myself so I love how Dr. Seuss’s books inspire imagination and creativity. I remember going to Universal Studios when I was younger and being told the entire Dr. Seuss section of the park was constructed without using one straight line.
But Dr. Seuss’s books aren’t only wacky illustrations and silly rhymes. They also often contain sophisticated lessons about discrimination (The Star Bellied Sneetches), sustainability (The Lorax) and materialism (How the Grinch Stole Christmas).
Did you know Dr. Seuss never had any children? He is quoted as saying: ’You have ‘em; I’ll entertain ‘em.’
That he did."
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