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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

I wish we could do what they do in Katroo.

They sure know how to say “Happy Birthday to You!” (Book by Dr Suess)

You may question what Dr. Seuss has to do with Family Table Tuesdays, unless you have really paid close attention to the works of the icon of children’s literature.  Although I was not raised on the wonderful works of Theodore Geisel, he is now and will forever be my hero. So, on March 2, I hope you will celebrate the birth of a most miraculous man at your family table.  Here are a few ways you might consider:

  • You might try out a recipe or two inspired by his books. For even more fun, have a scavenger hunt through all the Seuss books you have to see how many different foods are mentioned.
  • Pick one book and see how many words you can find that are not in the dictionary. I suggest A Wocket in My Pocket. Just remember, Dr. Seuss was the first to use the word “nerd”, and now it is in the dictionary. What word might your own children coin for future dictionaries?
  • Dr. Seuss seemed to be fond of using eggs and fish in his stories; they were definitely easier to rhyme than oranges or apples.  You might honor his day with a meal centered around these two foods that appear so often in his stories.
  • Have each member of your family bring their favorite Dr. Seuss or Theo LeSieg (same author, different illustrators) to dinner and share them before or after your meal.
  • Use a Seuss book as a discussion starter.  You can find some interesting stories about 10 of his books at mental floss.com. Although they are always amusing, many of Dr. Seuss’ books have serious messages or explain the absurdity of social and political happenings in a way that children can understand. There are many history lessons to be shared by starting with a Seuss story; sadly, history has repeated itself more than once since they were written.
  • Dr. Seuss is often quoted: “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” Challenge the kids to tell a story about what they saw through the wrong end of a telescope. Like Mulberry Street, the more fantastical the story is, the better.
  • Seuss stories are all about the rhyming. Have a contest to see who can talk in rhyme the longest at the dinner table. Be prepared to laugh long and hard if you have little ones; they only care about the rhyme, not whether it is a word or sensible. Obviously, neither did Dr. Seuss!

Whatever you do on March 2, find a way to put a little joy in it to honor my hero, Dr. Seuss.    If you don’t happen to be one of his fans, I won’t hold it against you, but I may judge your taste harshly! Feel free to share; I love to read your comments.

23 Responses to “Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!”

  1. Peter Schott

    We've read several of his books as my kid grew up. I remember my favorite was Hop on Pop (which was NOT my dad's favorite). I remember reading Go Dog, Go and getting to the first scene with that huge tree and laughing hard. Of course, his influence has spread beyond that and it's not uncommon for other media to produce a Dr. Seuss style story of some sort. His work is definitely far-reaching and influential, even if people may look down on it at some times.

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    • Katie360

      I thought about doing a Dr. Seuss style post, but I never like the imitations as well as I like the real thing. My girls are grown and we still share Seuss books on bad days.

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  2. Cindi

    My husband has been a fan of Dr. Suess, since he was very young! Now, our two sons
    read their Dad's books from his childhood…Our schools sponsor a Dr. Suess night, with
    readings of his books, a birthday cake and lots of fun!
    Many thanks, Cindi

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  3. Ann

    Such great books. Just yesterday I was reading the obituary of Jan Berenstain (another great set of books!) and was surprised the learn that Dr. Seuss himself was their first editor. He counseled them on keeping the books simple to help young readers.

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  4. @kymnasium

    Dr. Suess has been in our family for generations and we look forward to having him for more. HIs books are outstanding forever grateful he created his wonderful books.

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  5. jodi lasher

    I have always loved Dr. Seuss.. My kids loved it to.. Thanks for all you do and have done.

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  6. Glenna Faccenetti

    We love Dr Seuss in our house. We always celebrate his birthday by having green eggs and ham for breakfast.

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  7. Mindy S

    My family loves Dr. Seuss and we have quite a few of his books. I took my daughter to a local store that was having a birthday party for him so she received some freebies and then I bought her The Lorax book (which was 50% off) and a coloring and sticker book.

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  8. Valerie Mabrey

    I remember growing up and reading Dr Suess . There is something about his whacky world that makes our world seem more stable.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  9. Kat

    I love the cat! I'm going to buy some of these books when I have kids to read them with 🙂

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  10. tamar

    good point, I need to try green eggs and a vegetarian version of ham since I don't eat it 🙂

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  11. Jenna Parsons

    I read Dr. Seuss books to my daughter every night for years! Now I have a newborn baby boy to read them to. Happy Belated Birthday Dr. Seuss 😉

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  12. Quanda

    Dr. Seuss books has been a part of my family for ages. The first book that comes to mind is "Green Eggs & Ham" book. I'm now reading Dr. Seuss to my grandchildren. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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  13. @toothfairycyber

    I really love Doc Seuss! I often search out his wise #quotes to retweet on twitter! Used this on my home crafted graduation card!
    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go…” ♪♫ Happy Birthday♪♫ to sweet Dr. Seuss. ☺

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  14. Janice Gallegos

    I grew up on Dr.seuss and have always loved his books. I remember my parents reading them to me when I was little, then reading them myself as I got older, and now I read them to my daughter 🙂 There is just something magical about Dr.seuss that children and adults alike are drawn too. I remeber when I was pregnant with my daughter I would read Dr.Seuss to her and my husband and I would try to see who could read them the fastest without getting tongue tied. Dr.Seuss just brings out the kid in you. I love his work and will continue to read it to all of my kids and hopefully one day they will read it to theirs. Happy Birthday Dr.Seuss!!! <3 <3

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