Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!!!
Born March 2nd, 1904
“Think left and think right and think low and think
high. Oh the thinks you can think up if you only try.”
Image from the Almada County Library-Newark Branch
Celebrate with the National Education Association (NEA)
There are some great websites that give fun facts and activities for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, including the NEA that use Dr. Seuss’ Birthday to promote reading in young children. In addition to the article below, you can find great tools such as free downloadable versions of 4 different Dr. Seuss books on NEA’s website.
More than 45 million readers were in the company of a good book on March 2, NEA’s Read Across America Day.
To rev up readers, the National Education Association launched its Cat-a-Van tours to bring the gift of reading and books to students in need. Through March 7 they’ll be en route all across the country.
About this Program
The National Education Association annually sponsors Read Across America. Now in its twelfth year, it focuses on motivating children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills.
The reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids and books, and you can too!
On March 2, the National Education Association is calling for every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult. National Education Association Website 2009, Read Across America
Exhibit located on the 1st Floor of Rebecca Crown Library
Since I am primarily a novelist, one might suppose I would choose from the veritable galaxy of star-bright twentieth-century novels to place into the hand of the 2101 child. Truly, there are many of them. But surely our future child will not be reading those novels unless he or she has already become a reader.
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is brilliantly written and drawn, full of enormous energy, funny and silly (not the same), even as it is accessible to a just-starting reader. It is all those things, and, better yet, it is luminously transgressive.
Think of all the rules that we teach and impose upon young people. As a parent I’ve done it myself. Then think of all those things that happen in The Cat in the Hat: the very odd stranger in the house, the being out of control, the breaking of things, the out-and-out naughty behavior, the wildness, the lack of remorse, and oh! above and beyond, the fun of it all!
As we move – or so it would appear – to global standardization, conformity, plus plain old dull sameness, an outrageous role model like the Cat in the Hat is exactly what the future child will require to restore some chaotic balance. That the child will get this from reading a book is an experience that will not only enrich the child but do much for the world of book reading, too. I hope.
Horn Book Magazine; Nov/Dec2000, Vol. 76 Issue 6, p647-647, 1p, 1 cartoon
(Call Number: E. SE81CA)
Green Eggs and Ham is about imagination |. The genre of the story is Comedy, the setting is Fantasy.
Sam-I-Am wants a boy to like green eggs and ham, and keeps suggesting different places that the main character might enjoy them. Finally, the boy tries them and discovers that he actually does like green eggs and ham, so he thanks Sam.
Moral reasoning in the story focuses on concern for relationships.
The theme of the story is Don’t make up your mind about something without trying it.
Copyright ©2005 University of Notre Dame – Center for Ethical Education
(Call Number: E. SE81G)
“A lovely bit of tom-foolery which keeps up the suspense and surprise until the last page.”–The New York Times.
(Call Number: E. SE81F1965)
“Rare and wonderful imaginings are told in the author-artist’s inimitable rhyme and are shown in hilariously funny pictures.”–Booklist.
(Call Number: E. Se81m 1974)
Teaching Physical Science with Children’s Literature: Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Published by Alex on September 10, 2008
Most of us can agree that Dr. Suess is a phenomenal storyteller for kids. His whimsical drawings and poems appeal to all ages. In Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Dr. Suess incorporates elements of scientific theory in a fun story about a King who tries to change the weather. One day the King of Didd decides he is bored with the usual rain, snow, sun and fog that falls from the sky, he desires something more. He orders his magicians to create something else to fall from the sky and they decide to create Oobleck. The magicians announce,
“‘Won’t look like rain. Won’t look like snow.
Won’t look like fog. That’s all we know.
We just can’t tell you anymore.
We’ve never made oobleck before.’”
This little poem by the magicians lays out some the principals of physical science by comparing unknown and known substances and trying to understand what the new form of matter is. More of this demonstration in observation surfaces later in the story when all the oobleck does fall from the sky and sticks to everything, creating a gooey, green mess. The oobleck starts clogging up bird’s nests and instruments, it forces its way indoors through cracks and open windows. The Captain even tries tasting some and finds the oobleck makes him ill. All the while Bartholomew is trying to find the king to fix the problem. In the end, all the king has to do for the oobleck to go away, is publicly apologize. As soon as he says, “I’m sorry” the oobleck disappears, the sun comes out and the whole town is returned to peace.
This book by Dr. Seuss can be used to initiate conversation in scientific theory, observation and the idea of matter. After discussing matter and how to classify it, the class could make oobleck themselves to study and experiment with. It can also be taken a different route and used to talk about the weather, why we have weather, what the seasons are, what normally falls from the sky. Bartholomew and the Oobleck satisfies SOLs in grades K-1 for observation and properties of matter (K.1, K.4, 1.1, 1.3) and grade 2 if you bring in the topic of weather (2.1, 2.6).