Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!!

I wanted to pay a small tribute to one of my literary heroes... Theodor Seuss Geisel, born March 2, 1904.  The man was a genius when it came to expressing his ideas on paper.  Anapestic tetrameter...classic Seuss!  I have wondered, for the 60 published books he produced, how many others were there that the world never knew? What other whimsical, colorful characters occupied the mind that created The Cat in the Hat?  Guess we'll never know.  But there are a few things we do know that he shared with the world... and I'd like to share with you a few of those musings that have inspired me.

Was the man perfect?  Not by any means.  Did he have his own flaws?  Of course, just like we all do.  But through it all, he managed to gain two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize.

 Something you may not know... his name is really pronounced "Soyss".  Alexander Liang wrote, "You’re wrong as the deuce, And you shouldn’t rejoice, If you’re calling him Seuss, He pronounces it Soice".  He switched to "Soose" because he wanted to make others think of Mother Goose.  He had another pen name at one time, Theo LeSieg" ("LeSieg" is "Geisel" spelled backward).

My personal favorites?

 And the all-time classic...

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!!!!


  1. Thank you Dr. Seuss, for your part in making "The Reading Chair" such a special place.