Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)




Friday, March 2, 2012

KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO'S THERE?


"We looked! Then we saw him step in on the mat! We looked! And we saw him! The Cat in the Hat!"


Happy Birthday to Theodor Geisel...Dr. Seuss!  (Read on to learn some interesting facts about Ted Geisel and to find out about a free downloadable gift that will help your child celebrate his birthday.)
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"...it was The Cat in the Hat that solidified his reputation and revolutionized the world of children's book publishing. By using a limited number of different words, all simple enough for very young children to read, and through its wildly iconoclastic plot—when two children are alone at home on a rainy day, the Cat in the Hat arrives to entertain them, wrecking their house in the process—The Cat in the Hat provided an attractive alternative to the simplistic 'Dick and Jane' primers then in use in American schools, and critics applauded its appearance...

The enthusiastic reception of The Cat in the Hat led Geisel to found Beginner Books, a publishing company specializing in easy-to-read books for children. In 1960 Random House acquired the company and made Geisel president of the Beginner Books division." [source: The Poetry Foundation]
(These "beginner books" included: Green Eggs and Ham, Hop On Pop, Dr. Seuss' ABC, and Fox in Sox, to name a few.)  

A little bit of Trivia: Did you know Theodor Seuss Geisel also wrote some children's books under the pseudonym of "Theo. leSieg"? (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards.) A couple of these include: Ten Apples Up on Top! and I Wish That I Had Duck Feet.

What are your family's favorite Dr. Seuss books? Click here to read about our top three:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Horton Hears a Who!
If I Ran the Circus (this is also one of Weird Al Yankovic's favorite childhood books.  How do I know? He told me - here.)

So, who's there?  The Cat in the Hat?  Yes, and here's the gift:  to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday and "Read Across America" Day, you can download a free printable CAT IN THE HAT doorknob hanger for your child by clicking HERE.  There's also a two-sided version, HERE.


WHAT IF WE DIDN'T HAVE BIRTHDAYS...


If we didn’t have birthdays, you wouldn’t be you. 
If you’d never been born, well then what would you do? 
If you’d never been born, well then what would you be? 
You might be a fish! Or a toad in a tree! 
You might be a doorknob! Or three baked potatoes! 
You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes.
Or worse than all that…Why, you might be a WASN’T! 
A Wasn’t has no fun at all. No, he doesn’t. 
A Wasn’t just isn’t. He just isn’t present. 
But you…You ARE YOU! And, now isn’t that pleasant! 
-Dr. Seuss

1 comment:

Marfa said...

He is one of our favorite authors...and illustrators. I love "Yertle the Turtle" for the political intentions, when Hitler was doing awful things! AND "Horton hears a Who" because it emphasizes the importance of little ones and is a wonderful pro-life slogan "a person's a person no matter how small!"