Today is March 2nd. If he were still alive this date would mark the 103rd birthday of Theodore Geisel, a.k.a. Theo Le Sieg, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.
Theodore Geisel taught me to read, for which I will forever be grateful.
For those of you who may not recognize any of the above names, Theodore Geisel (most commonly referred to as Dr. Seuss), is the author of over 40 different wonderfully wacky rhyming children’s stories.
The stories Dr. Seuss created were unique because they were designed especially for the very youngest readers, because he illustrated each one, and (last, but not least) because they rhymed. His most famous story is probably The Cat In The Hat.
When I was a very young child (only four years old) my parents enrolled me in “The Cat In The Hat book club.” Each month a package would arrive at our house with two new Dr. Seuss books.
Oh how I waited for those books to arrive! I can still remember the excitement of opening those boxes and sounding out the short words to make those funny sentences.
That early experience has fueled a love of letters, words, reading, and writing that serves me well to this very day.
So, while I never met Mr. Geisel, and while Mr. Geisel never personally helped me with my reading, his work remains instrumental in my life (and in the lives of thousands of others just like me). Just in case you were wondering if one writer could make a difference.
I wish I could impress you by creating some Dr. Seuss-like rhymelets right here in this blog, but I’m afraid I don’t quite have it in me today.
Instead, I’ll share my two favorite Dr. Seuss titles with you: Green Eggs and Ham (which I can practically quote from memory), and the more adult My Many Colored Days.
How about you? Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss title? Why don’t you leave a comment and let me know the title of your favorite Dr. Seuss story? Or, if you’re feeling a little braver, go ahead and leave me a Dr. Seuss-style rhyme.
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