Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today marks the 113th birthday of  Dr. Seuss or Theodor Seuss Geisel in real life. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts to the couple, Henrietta and Theodor Robert Geisel, on March 2, 1904.  He used his mother’s maiden name Seuss as his pen name during his university studies.

Some of Dr. Seuss’ Works

The Lorax

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“Unless someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.”

Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty.

“The big, colorful pictures and the fun images, word plays and rhymes make this an amusing exposition of the ecology crisis.”—School Library Journal.

 

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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In a starred review, Booklist notes, “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’” A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!

Inspirational yet honest, and always rhythmically rollicking, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a perfect sendoff for children, 1 to 100, entering any new phase of their lives. Kindergartners, graduate students, newlyweds, new employees–all will glean shiny pearls of wisdom about the big, bountiful future. The incomparable Dr. Seuss rejoices in the potential everyone has to fulfill their wildest dreams: “You’ll be on your way up! / You’ll be seeing great sights! / You’ll join the high fliers / who soar to high heights.” At the same time, he won’t delude the starry-eyed upstart about the pitfalls of life: “You can get all hung up / in a prickle-ly perch. / And your gang will fly on. / You’ll be left in a Lurch.”

 

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

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Dr. Seuss’s irrepressible optimism is front and center in [easyazon_link identifier=”0394827198″ locale=”US” tag=”geekmommy-20″ popups=”n”]Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?[/easyazon_link]

“When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad . . .
you should do what I do!”

So begins the terrific advice of the wise old man in the Desert of Drize. This classic book provides the perfect antidote for readers of all ages who are feeling a bit down in the dumps. Thanks to Dr. Seuss’s trademark rhymes and signature illustrations, readers will, without a doubt, realize just how lucky they truly are.

 

 

 

 

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

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“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the Thinks you can think up if only you try.”

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horton Hears a Who!

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[easyazon_link identifier=”0394800788″ locale=”US” tag=”geekmommy-20″ popups=”n”]Horton[/easyazon_link] hears a cry for help from a speck of dust, and spends much of the book trying to protect the infinitesimal creatures who live on it from the derision and trickery of other animals, who think their elephant friend has gone quite nutty.

But worse is in store: an eagle carries away the clover in which Horton has placed the life-bearing speck, and “let that small clover drop somewhere inside / of a great patch of clovers a hundred miles wide!” Horton wins in the end, after persuading the “Who’s” to make as much noise as possible and prove their existence.

This classic is not only fun, but a great way to introduce thoughtful children to essentially philosophical questions. How, after all, are we so sure there aren’t invisible civilizations floating by on every mote? (Ages 4 to 8) –Richard Farr

Dr Seuss’ Quotes to Live By

The more you read,more things you will know. The more that you learn, more places you’ll go.

You have brains in your head. You have shoes on your feet.You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing’s going to change. It’s not.

Will you succeed? Yes indeed you will! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.

Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for giving us these marvelous gifts during our childhood which we bring with us as we go through life.

What are you waiting for? Get yourself a copy and read! 🙂