Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904 - 1991), known to his readers as Dr. Seuss, was born on this day. This beloved children's author says that his works are written for all ages: "I never write for children. I write for people." More than 200 million copies of this books have been sold worldwide.
What's the secret to Dr, Seuss's popularity? Rudolf Flesch, author of Johnny Can't Read, attributes it to "a swing to the language, a deep understanding of the playful mind of a child, an undefinable something that makes Dr. Seuss a genius pure and simple." One could add to this the irresistible appeal of his zippy comic verse, zany animals, and freedom loving creatures.
To Name This Day:
Name this day by dipping into a Dr. Seuss book today. Better still, share the experience with a young someone you cherish. Some perennial favorites, all published by Random House are The Cat in the Hat (1957), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), Fox in the Socks (1965), and You're Only Old Once (1986).
Another way to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday is to watch the playful film version of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!. It a wonderful story about kindness, empathy, and deep listening. Then remember what the good Doctor said: "There is no one alive who is more you-er than you."
Or gather your tree-loving friends and family and watch Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, an uplifting celebration of trees and their beauty. This delightful animated feature is based on his 1971 children's classic. It has been adapted for the screen by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul. Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel had 40 of his books published and considered this one to be his favorite.