Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss

Here's how the kindergartners in Room 13 celebrated the day by making their own hats glued with at word family words on it.

It's the birthday of a man considered to be one of the most popular best-selling children's book writers in American history and a man who revolutionized the way children learned to read, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as 

He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on this day in 1904. Geisel is the author of more than 60 children's books, including Horton Hears a Who! (1954), One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish(1960), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), Hop on Pop (1963), Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (1975), The Butter Battle Book (1984), and of course the ever popular, The Cat in the Hat (1957). One of my favorites is Oh, The Places You'll Go (1990). It's a great gift for a graduate.
In 1937, Geisel published his first children's book," And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street", which he said was inspired by the rhythms of a steamliner cruiser he was on. He wrote the book, and much of the rest of his life's work, in rhyming anapestic meter, also called trisyllabic meter. The meter is very alluring and catchy, and Seuss's masterful use of it is a big part of why his books are so enjoyable to read.

William Spaulding, a publisher from Houghton Mifflin's educational division, thought that maybe a guy named Dr. Seuss, who'd published a few not-well-known but very imaginative children's books, might be able to write a book that would be really good for teaching kids how to read. He invited Dr. Seuss to dinner and said, "Write me a story that first-graders can't put down!"

Geisel spent nine months composing "The Cat in the Hat" which uses just 220 different words and is 1,702 words long. He was a meticulous reviser, and he once said: "Writing for children is murder. A chapter has to be boiled down to a paragraph. Every word has to count."
Within a year of publication, "The Cat in the Hat" was selling 12,000 copies a month; within five years, it had sold a million copies. 

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? 

Buzz Feed has 21 delicious treats for Dr. Seuss fans
“I do so like green eggs and ham!
Thank you! Thank you,
- Green Eggs and Ham

and this site has over 50 ideas to make your party a success
Follow this link from site for some additional ideas to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday using his books. Directions for making a tweetle beettle battle bottle from "Fox in Socks" can be found at this link.  


  1. Love this post! You gotta admit, anything to do with Dr. Seuss is bound to put a smile on your face!

  2. My oldest brother had The Cat in the Hat book and I was quite fond of it. Mostly because we had so few books. I've grown to love and appreciate Dr. Seuss. I've given "Oh the Places You'll Go" as a graduation gift. And I love that final quote for the truth written therein.

    1. Great book choices on your part :)

    2. Great book choices on your part :)

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