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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!!!

Today is March 2nd, Dr. Seuss's birthday. Do you remember your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Perhaps it was Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks, or The Cat in the Hat. Or maybe it was Horton Hears a Who; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; The Lorax or How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Dr. Seuss: brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, charmed his way into the lives of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University in England. When he returned to America, he published cartoons and humorous articles. Geisel developed the idea for his first children's book in 1936 while on a vacation cruise. The rhythm of the ship's engine drove the cadence of And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

 At the time of his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss had written and illustrated 44 children's books. Dr. Seuss's books have been translated into more than 15 languages. Over 200 million copies had found their way into homes and hearts around the world.

Now read these words from Dr. Seuss:

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go....


Today, on the anniversary of Dr. Seuss's birth, let's use our imaginations to entertain and delight others, let's use those brains in our heads to make good decisions, and let's remember to explore the joys of reading. Make it a great day... or not. The choice is yours

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