A Seusstastical Celebration

ImageIf you go to your local library or book store, they’re likely paying tribute to Dr. Seuss, who would have turned 109 this past Saturday, March 2.

Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel published 46 children’s books, including the very popular The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He died in 1991 – but his legacy has endured among children throughout the world.

This week we are celebrating Dr. Seuss at the Elizabeth Lee Black School with community volunteers reading classic Dr. Seuss stories to our students.  Why are we doing this?

In conjunction with Random House and the National Education Association, the annual Read Across America event is intended not only to celebrate and honor Dr. Seuss but also to encourage children to keep reading and learning.

Fun Facts about Dr. Seuss:

  • ImageGreen Eggs and Ham contains only 50 different words. He wrote it after a publisher bet him he couldn’t write a book with so few words.
  • His first book was And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.  It was finally published in 1937 after being turned down a reported 27 times.
  • Dr. Seuss’s honors include: two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize.

In all, he wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books in his lifetime. Today, there are more than 200 million copies of those books around the world.

Check out photos of readers who visited our classrooms via http://www.GoErie.com!

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2 Responses to A Seusstastical Celebration

  1. nordling2013 says:

    Once on a flight from San Fransisco to San Diego sitting on the curved lounge bench in the back of the PSA Electra I was next to a white haired gentleman who got pulled into a conversation with the lady on the other side of him. What’s your name? Ted Geisel. What do you do? I write children’s books. Have you done any that I would have heard of? Have you heard of The cat in the hat?

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