Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy B-Day Dr. Seuss

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss

Read On:
Theodore Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) was born this day (March 2nd) in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1904. In his lifetime he was recognized for the forty-four children’s books he published as well as being a cartoonist and an illustrator for advertising campaigns, the most notable being Standard Oil. When interviewed he indicated that his imaginative characters, rhyme and children’s verse were inspired by his mother’s unique bedtime ritual. Mrs. Geisel would chant rhymes for remembering the names of pies she had baked earlier in the day at the family bakery in lieu of stories.

In honor of Dr. Seuss, today is the annual date for National Read Across America Day, a reading initiative created by the National Education Association.

Remember, as Dr. Seuss advised us in one of my all time favorite books Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step,
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.”

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


  1. Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss? The longevity of his books is due to the relevance of the subject matter that transcends time. My first-grader still loves to read them. Also, I just learned that 'Green Eggs and Ham' has only 50 words.

  2. "...too wet to go out and too cold to play ball...
    they just sat in the house and did nothing at all...
    and all they could do was to sit, sit, sit...
    and they did not like it...
    not one little bit..."

    The words from the original Cat in the Hat have lived in my heart for 50 years, and will live there forever!

  3. Truly a cornerstone for most childhoods.

    Victoria - That is definitely my favorite one!

  4. Thank you everyone for your comments this afternoon. Dr. Seuss still resonates for us. Interesting fact Jackie. Imagine if he had Twitter in his day. His tweets would be awesome. How many followers would he have?

  5. Jimmy,

    Reading this made me hungry for green eggs and ham and as a result I am.

    Thanks for taking me back...


  6. My (adopted) philosophy: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."

  7. My good friend gave us that book when my kids were young (they no longer are so young). It stayed on the coffee table for years and we would read from it regularly.

    The impact is from generation to generation.

  8. Oh, the Places You'll Go remains one of my fav books, and it was a generous and useful gift from you, my dear many years ago..Deb