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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

March 2 is the birthday of the late great Dr. Seuss. Although this popular children’s author passed away more than 10 years ago, his award-winning works have taken on lives of their own in the hearts of many generations of readers.

How many of us remember reading our first words aloud from one of these titles?

  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Fox in Socks
  • Go Dog Go
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • Happy Birthday to You
  • Hop on Pop
  • Horton Hears a Who
  • I Can Read with My Eyes Shut
  • If I Ran the Circus
  • If I Ran the Zoo
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go
  • Oh, the Thinks You Can Think
  • The Sneetches
  • Yertle the Turtle
  • You’re Only Old Once
  • and many more.
What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book of all?

And how about those favorite television specials, based on many of these books? Is Christmas TV viewing complete without The Grinch?

Dr. Seuss supposedly pronounced his name to rhyme with “poise,” rather than “puce.” However, for the sake of some Seussian fun on this literary legend for little folk, let’s go with the Anglicized version.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss.
What a world you did produce.
Rhyming comic on the loose,
You crafted humor most obtuse.

We love the tangled tales you spun –
Alliteration on the run
And words invented, just for fun
To teach us reading, one by one.

So thank you, Seuss, we miss you still.
We long for silly stories shrill
And whisper verses penned with skill
That twist and turn and tell and trill.

Today’s your day. We won’t forget.
We’ll weave a silly rhymed vignette.
We’ll tell a tale to show our debt
For appetite for words you’d whet.

c2012 by Linda Ann Nickerson

Theodor Seuss Geisel
(March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991)


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Honoring his birthday, Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” opens this week. Have you seen the movie trailer yet?

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  1. I do believe that Green Eggs and Ham has always been my favorite Seussian work. So clever!

    But when my kids were little I had the most fun complaining about his evil incitement of my very own children to HOP ON POP! "No, DON'T hop on Pop!" I would order, with all futility.

    Sometimes I wonder just how much of my silly sense of humor was formed a la Dr. Seuss. Between his influence and my silly Mom's, I never had a chance!

  2. Your prompt "underground" is up at OSI tomorrow. Please send me a poem for the home page.



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