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"Read Across America," in honor of Dr. Seuss.

Updated on June 19, 2015
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Carol graduated from Indian Hills C.C. with an AAS in H.I.T and an AA in Arts & Science. A Social Media Booster for Wine Diamonds Film.

First Week in March

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He wrote under the pen name, Dr. Seuss. The National Education Association celebrates this American icon the first week in March. Schools around the world will celebrate "Read Across America" in their own fun loving way. Some may line-up along the hallways, sit and read from their favorite Dr. Seuss book. Some may have activities planned out for the whole week; for example one day they may dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss character, one day they may wear their pajamas & read to their stuffed animal from one of their favorite Dr. Seuss books and then one day students and faculty might wear a hat. How will your child spend "Read Across America"?

Practice Practice Practice

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Pronunciation of Seuss

Dr. Seuss wasn't a real doctor. He wrote under the pseudonym of Dr. Seuss. The pronunciation of Seuss was supposed to be (Soice or Zoice, rhyming with the word voice or Joyce). Most Americans have grown to know his name pronounced as, (Soos, rhyming with juice).

Green Eggs (Step Two)

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"Sam I Am" Sometime improvising is what I have to do.
"Sam I Am" Sometime improvising is what I have to do.
"Sam I Am" Sometime improvising is what I have to do. | Source

& (Remember Your Conjunction and)

What, no red hat? Not enough time to borrow one from one of the "Red Hat Ladies"? No problem... Take a red scarf and turn it into a red hat.
What, no red hat? Not enough time to borrow one from one of the "Red Hat Ladies"? No problem... Take a red scarf and turn it into a red hat. | Source

Ham (Step 4)

Green eyeliner or green costume paint works.  Yes, I need more practice but this will have to do.
Green eyeliner or green costume paint works. Yes, I need more practice but this will have to do. | Source

"Why fit in

when you were born to stand out?"

— Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel: A name is not just a name.

Other names he wrote under were:

  • Dr. Theophrastus Seuss,(This name didn't last)
  • Theo LeSieg (Did you know, LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards?)
  • Rosetta Stone, (his second wife’s maiden name was “Stone”).
  • Dr. Seuss, ("Seuss" is his mother's maiden name)

First Book with Several Rejections

He attended Dartmouth College, Lincoln College & Oxford University and was in World War II. His first book, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected by several publishers. This should give all of those readers out there that share the goal of one day publishing a book, hope.

A Famous Character That Originated From Dr. Seuss.

Mike Van Natta, using his artistic hand at painting the face of "Cat in the Hat" on a wine glass during an Art & Wine Night, at Nearwood Winery.
Mike Van Natta, using his artistic hand at painting the face of "Cat in the Hat" on a wine glass during an Art & Wine Night, at Nearwood Winery. | Source

The Man Behind Dr. Seuss

Public Domain via Wikimedia
Public Domain via Wikimedia | Source

His stories live on through his legacy.

He was a cartoonist, author, illustrator and editor. He entertained readers for generations and will continue to charm his readers past his time. He died on September, 29, 1991, in La Jolla, California at the age of 87.

It sounds like we can look forward to a new children’s books being released under the name,Theodor Geisel, this Summer, 2015.

“Today I shall Behave As If

This Is The Day I Will

Be Remembered.”

— Dr. Seuss

Encouraging Thoughts

“The more that you READ,

the more things

you will KNOW.

The more that you LEARN,

the more places

you’ll GO.”

— Dr. Seuss

Just a few, out of many titles of popular books by the same writer.

*The Cat in the Hat

*The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

*Hop on Pop

*Green Eggs and Ham

*And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street

*Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (I have been told that this book has been a hot gift item around graduation time.)

*One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

*Marvin K. Mooney Will you Please Go Now!

*The Foot Book

Beyond Books

**Made Into Films, ***Broadway Musicals & ****Television Series

**Horton Hears a Who!

**The Lorax

**The Cat in the Hat, staring Mike Myers


****The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss

**** Gerald McBoing-Boing

****The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

Illustration's by Dr. Seuss

Public Domain Via Wikimedia
Public Domain Via Wikimedia | Source

Moods Generate Results & Reactions

Stories, quotes, music and role models can and will have an influence on a mood.

Happy, positive, up-beat and moral role models produce enjoyable attitudes.

Past lessons not learned, negative, depressing and evil role models are capable of destroying characters.

Moods bright or dull, we have a choice to pick the path and guide the younger to raise them sweet not sour.

By Carol Clarke Reed

Favorite Children's Books

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Fun with Meaningful Messages & Silly Words

I like the Dr. Seuss books because they have simple positive messages. Growing-up, I never gave a lot of thought to the messages but I can't help but think, they helped build who I am today. I do remember the times my teachers would have us write down words that didn't make sense and how much I couldn't understand this exerciser. Maybe because back then, writing nonsense words seemed to be crazy for this little girl that had enough problems spelling words correctly and knew I needed to be able to spell if I ever wanted to be a writer and needed to know how to read if I wanted to be an actress.

I read Dr. Seuss books to my children and was inclined to pick only the ones that contained more of a positive message verses the ones that seemed to be more of a gibber jabber theme. I found myself reading to them some of those babble gabble stories just to hear the laughter in their voices. My little ones turned out to be wonderful versatile young adults.

“UNLESS someone like

YOU cares a whole

awful lot, NOTHING

is going to get better.

It’s NOT.”

— Dr. Seuss

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Other Books Behind The Man...

Written under the name, Theo LeSieg:

In a People House

The Tooth Book

Would you Rather Be a Bullfrog

Please Try to Remember the First of Octember!

Ten Apples Up on Top

Wacky Wednesday

Written under the pen name, Rosetta Stone:

Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!

Dr. Seuss was the editor of the following books:

The Berenstain Bears Collection

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      Carol Clarke Reed 

      3 years ago from Remote

      Thank you Lee. I'm glad you enjoyed, "The Places You'll Go." After all these years, I can see why they say this is a wonderful gift for those graduating. I think this book makes a great placement for a graduation card.

      Mike, I'm pleased you found this information excellent. Thank you, for your comments.

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      Mike Van Natta 

      3 years ago

      Fascinating feature piece about one of America's most beloved. Excellent information. I learned a lot of things I never knew. Dr. Seuss' books were a big part of my growing up.

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      3 years ago

      Lots of fun. Loved the reading of "The Places You'll Go."


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