Thursday, March 22, 2012
S is for Seuss
One of the first memories I have is of sitting on my mom's lap while she read Dr. Seuss to me. There was something magical about the way he put words together. Something that keeps kids and adults alike entranced. Even now he remains one of my all time favorite authors.
In the simplest sense, his books are highly entertaining. Lyrical words, clever rhymes, and fabulous pictures combine to keep your attention. Digging deeper, his books address war, bullying, treating others as you want to be treated, and so much more. The messages are timeless.
If he couldn't find the right word to express an idea...he made one up. It is from Dr. Seuss that we get the word 'nerd'. Sometimes he broke the rules, and made breaking the rules work.
If you've ever read one of his books outloud, you know it's definitely a workout for your tongue.
His first book, "And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street" was published back in 1937 - 75 years ago - after being rejected by anywhere from 20 to 40 publishers. (The number varies depending on where you do your research.) He went on to publish dozens of others stories for 'children and their lucky parents' (as the back of some of his books state). His books have been made into tv shows, feature movies, and cartoons, allowing for new ways for the colorful stories to be experienced.
All in all, Theodor Geisel is truly an inspiration to us all.
Until next time,