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Mary reading Dr. Seuss

Yay for Dr. Suess’s Birthday and Read Across America Day!

March 2nd is Read across America Day and the birthday of Dr. Seuss, author of over sixty books for children.  Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!  How about a little trivia to celebrate this beloved author?  A quote from a book is listed below – can you name the book?

  1. “Today you are you that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
  2. “A person’s a person, no matter how small!”
  3. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
  4. “If you never did You should. These things are fun.  And fun is good.”
  5. “It came without ribbons, it came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags.”
  6. “You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may, I say.”
  7. “You havebrains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
  8. “There are so many things you can learn about, but You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
  9. “The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play.”
  10. “Things are not quite as bad as you think.”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

What makes reading a book by Dr. Seuss enjoyable?  Is it the rhythm of the rhyming words?  Is it the zany characters like Sam, the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax or the Sneetches?  Is it the places you’ll go such as Mystic Mountain Neeka-Tave, the Island of Gwark or Who-Ville?

YES to all those questions and more!

For those reading a Dr. Seuss book aloud today (or any day!) in celebration of Read Across America Day, the rhythm of the zany words combined with the inflection of your voice and expression on your face will provide joy for both you, the reader and your audience.  You might even make a sweet memory with someone special.

I have a special memory with my dad and the book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Every Christmas season from childhood until the Christmas before he passed away, my dad and I would watch the animated version of the book on television.  My dad’s favorite character was Max the dog and mine is Cindy-Lou Who.   One Christmas my dad gave me a copy of the book with a note.   I hold onto the sweet memory of experiencing a Dr. Seuss story with my dad and the treasure of his handwritten note in my book.

As you can probably guess, this makes How the Grinch that Stole Christmas my favorite Dr. Seuss book, closely followed by Green Eggs and Ham.

Martha Cat in the Hat Dr Suess

In honor of Dr. Seuss and in celebration of Read Across America Day, I encourage you to read your favorite book to someone special and share the Dr. Seuss book you chose in the comments below.

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Trivia Quote Answers:
1. Happy Birthday to You!   2.  Horton Hears a Who!   3.  The Lorax    4.  One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish   5. The Grinch that Stole Christmas    6.  Green Eggs and Ham    7. Oh, the Places You’ll Go   8. I Can Read with my Eyes Shut   9.  The Cat in the Hat   10.  The Sneetches and Other Stories