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Dr. Seuss: Imaginary Words

Updated on May 22, 2011

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I was fascinated with Dr. Seuss books my entire life. Of course, I'm a big kid now but I still love Dr. Seuss. I'm sure part of it is that I love to make up words. However, there is something captivating about his stories. Essentially, he could take little more than a dozen sentences and make them into a full-scale book for children.

The colorful characters presented in his books are vivid and entertaining. What's even more amazing is that the characters make imaginary words come to life. Even now, I wonder if there may just be some such thing as a wasket in my basket. I know there isn't anything resembling a wasket as portrayed in There's a Wocket in my Pocket but the kid in me likes to wonder if the wasket could be interpreted as a toilet paper roll, a cotton swab, a tissue, dental floss or something else. Do you think I'm reading a little too much into Dr. Seuss?

Come to think of it, he could have been talking about a laundry basket so what could the wasket possibly be? Perhaps it's a sock, but what color might it be: red, yellow, purple or green? Knowing Dr. Seuss, it could be any color but it may even be a T-shirt and not a sock at all! Oh, this is getting to be too much for this kid's brain so I'm going to go onto more sensible matters - if that's possible when enveloped in the imaginary worlds Dr. Seuss created.

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When I was 8 - 9 years old

In A People House entered my life

I used to read this book to my sister every day. She loved Dr. Seuss, especially In a People House. She was only 2 - 3 at the time but she may as well have been 8 - 9, going by her reading level. She knew her ABCs, could count to 100 in English and 10 in French. She could read almost every book put in front of her and would even pick up the newspaper. She didn't understand what everything meant but she understood phonics and could read without any hassle.

She memorized In a People House and I could point to any word, randomly, inside the book and she would recognize it. Of course, we had a few laughs. After all, we automatically associated houses with people so it made us wonder what other houses there could be in addition to "people" houses.

The books Dr. Seuss has published stimulates the mind of children and can be a legacy for children born 100 years from now. They never grow old; their stories are never out of date. Children of younger ages will always enjoy seeing bright colorful photos and hearing silly nonsensical words. Who knows? In time, there actually may be something created called a wasket which sits in a basket and people like me won't have to wonder exactly what he was talking about.

At any rate, I invested between $1500 - $2000 in various book sets between 1994 - 1996, one of which was Dr. Seuss; this does not include random book purchases. However, it has paid off beautifully. The books are still in optimum condition, in spite of my two daughters having read them. Now, they will be available to my son to read as well. Who knows? I just may hang onto them so my future grandchildren can enjoy them.

I refer to it as an investment of a lifetime - a legacy - because the written word is a powerful tool. However, when presented in such an engaging fashion - to captivate the minds and hearts of children far and wide - it takes on the status of a precious gift. It never gets tossed in the corner, it never loses its value and, most importantly, children take it everywhere they go; it is the gift of literacy coupled with the freedom to use their imagination.

Are Dr. Seuss books really that great? Indeed, they are!

In a People House rhymes and is one of the books by Dr. Seuss which has no nonsensical words. However, it is engaging; the words are bright, large and colorful and it teaches children to recognize the words of common household items. It is not long in length yet provides adequate entertainment for children who love the sound of rhyming words - and what child doesn't, especially if they are being read to by a person who livens up the story?

In a People House is one of the books which is geared towards the initial stages of children learning to read - the beginning beginner - and I would highly recommend you look into purchasing the book, especially if you have young children at home, or have grandchildren toddling around.

Did you know ...

"In a People House" was published by Theo. LeSieg.

At first glance, it appears not to be by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) but it is.

Look at the last name:, spell it backward and what do you get: Geisel.

What a guy! He even played with his name.

Check out the official website:

Theodor Seuss Geisel

aka Dr. Seuss

A fascinating children's author, an incredible cartoonist and so much more.

This widely-celebrated man was never fully comfortable around children. He always feared what they may say, or do, next.

Of course, it only takes reading, The Cat in the Hat a few times to set one's nerve-endings on high alert. I can only imagine the inspiration behind writing such a book.

Dr. Seuss continues to inspire children and adults - an Image Shack Photo

Dr. Seuss continues to inspire children and adults - an Image Shack Photo
Dr. Seuss continues to inspire children and adults - an Image Shack Photo

I love this book! It makes me laugh but also gives the message to children that they should try foods presented to them, instead of deciding they don't like a food just because of its appearance.

Oh, this cat creates havoc. Is there anything he won't try to do? Miraculously, he always manages to get things in order - just in time.

Allow your child the opportunity to read along with the CD. It's a win-win situation when you have so many other things to accomplish.

It starts with fish, then moves onto other creatures...those with two feet, those with four, some with six feet and some with more. There are more subjects touched on and I, especially, like the singing Ying, who can sing like anything.

Most people have heard of Dr. Seuss and enjoy his characters as well as the words he comes up with to teach rhyming schematics to young children. What is your favorite book/books by Dr. Seuss?

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      laundrybaskets1 6 years ago

      I love it!!! Great lens. I must get me some of these.


      laundry baskets

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      Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

      Green eggs & ham.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Have to say that Dr. Seuss was not really part of my childhood, unless one of his works was on TV. Now Noddy, I was a big follower of Noddy.

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      Peregrina LM 6 years ago

      My 2.5-year-old nephew loves "Oh the Thinks You Can Think." We both practically have it memorized!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I am a great fan of Green Eggs and Ham and Horton Hatches the Egg. "I meant what I said and I said what I meant, and an elephant's faithful one hundred percent." As to Green Eggs and Ham, I have constantly played with it as an adult, and invented several new verses to express myself when I talk to my husband.

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      Love it! In a People House is my number 1 in my 10 best books by Dr. Seuss lens. My dad read it to me just about every night and it holds very special meaning to him and I. I have lensrolled you to my lens!

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      BetsiGoutal1 6 years ago

      Love this lens! I never heard of "In a People House"! My favorite is The Lorax. :)

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      blessedmomto7 7 years ago

      I love Oh the Places you'll Go! I received it as a college graduation gift. Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss!

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      Fascinating story about your sister -- and well-written tribute to a great writer. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      purplelady 7 years ago

      As someone who shares your love of Dr. Seuss, I congratulate you on a very entertaining lens. I also would like to thank you for including my Dr. Seuss and Me lens in your featured lenses and I would like to return the favor. 5 people houses and 1 featured lens

      Not sure if I can name a favorite as I love all his books; but I do have a special affection for "Oh, the Places You Will Go!" (Appropriate for graduation to retirement.)

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      Kelsey-Budden-16 7 years ago

      It's been a while since I've read those books. I'll probably have to say, 'Cat in the Hat' though. I love him!!

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      vanidiana24 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      This is great! I think you really should keep your books for your future grandchildren!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: I likely will; they were too expensive to give away and are still in optimum condition, even after all these years. :)

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @poutine: One day they may come. You never know. :)

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I have a brand new whole collection in a backpack waiting for grandchildren....

      if they ever come.


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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @Holley Web: Yes, he certainly is captivating.

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      Dr Seuss has always been spellbinding to me. Even as an adult when my child asks what for breakfast, I am sometimes tempted to say "green eggs and ham". Horton Hears a Who was always one of my favorites, but it is very hard to say definitely which I loved best.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @Spook LM: Thanks! It was splendid to receive notification that I received my second purple star.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Congratulations on the purple.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @PromptWriter: LOL. I can see why kids might find the characters look a little scary but, usually, the funny rhyming words offset the looks of waskets, things and wockets, to name a few. :) Perhaps the characters looked scary because that was Dr. Seuss' perception of kids; they terrified him.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I am familiar with Dr. Seuss but other than when I babysat I never read any. I always found the characters scary. LOL

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @Tagsforkids: Thanks, Steve. As soon as I read the entry in my inbox, I thought the entry would have come from you. I'm glad you enjoyed it and that it brought back wonderful memories.

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      Tagsforkids 7 years ago

      I read your lens upon my screen

      I read your lens with envy green

      a fan of Dr. Suess I am

      I'd read it with green eggs and ham! :-)

      Good job, brings back fond memories!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @OhMe: I certainly intend not to let these books stray too far away. Even for the purpose of my lens, I pulled out three and had an entertaining few minutes once again. Thanks for visiting!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wonderful lens about the Imaginary Words of Dr. Seuss. I hope you will hold onto your Dr. Seuss books for your future grandchildren. Ours have gone through 2 generations so far. I don't think I will ever get tired of reading Dr. Seuss. When my grandson was a baby, I read many of them to him and then as a toddler he would follow along in the books. I didn't put the first readers away when he started reading and was so glad because he would pick them up and read with such great expression. Our favorite was always "Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?" One of my favorites is "I Had Trouble in getting to Solla Sollew"