Thursday, March 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Yesterday was Theodor Seuss Geisel's, better known as Dr. Seuss, birthday. We celebrated with green eggs and ham for breakfast and Green Eggs and Ham throughout the rest of the day. We did a lot of reading. In fact, we read 21 books. Of the 44 books that Dr. Seuss wrote, we own 31. We kinda like them. Many other books were written under the Dr. Seuss brand such as Are You My Mother? and  Go, Dog. Go! We have quite a few of those as well. Some of our favorite books and lines from the Dr. Seuss Library follows:

Please Try to Remember the First of Octember - It describes Jacob so perfectly. He is the child who asks for everything. Always.

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? - It is such a fun book to read . . . and recite over and over throughout the day. "Blurp blurp, slurp slurp, cock-a-doodle-doo, knock knock knock, and hoo hoo hoo"

A Fish Out of Water (written by Helen Palmer, Seuss's wife) - This is my Zachy book, because he eats too much, just like Otto. "Just so much and no more."

"Who never quite know, while they zoop and they zoom,
Whether which will catch what one, or who will catch whom,
Or if who will catch which by the what and just where,
Or just when and just how in which part of the air." 
from If I Ran the Circus

Oh Say Can You Say? is my book for Alyssa. She has a hard time pronouncing some words. By the time we're done reading this, we're all talking like Alyssa! "Oh my brothers! Oh my sisters! These are terrible tongue twisters!" 

Green Eggs and Ham - I'm pretty sure the whole family has it memorized. Ok, maybe not Zachy . . . yet.

"When beetles battle beetles in a puddle paddle battle
and the beetle battle puddle is a puddle in a bottle . . .
they call this a tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle." 
from Fox in Socks

Scrambled Eggs Super! - It's full of Seuss characters, like Sala-ma-goox, Zummzian Zuks, and Ham-ikka-Schnim-ikka-Schnam-ikka Schnopp.
*Disclaimer: We are not to be held responsible for lack of breath after reading this book.

Seuss was such a fun and creative author. I love his writing style and quirky characters. He pushed the rules of the English language by rhyming words like surprises and eyeses, stars and tharsgolf and mysolf. We will enjoy his writings for years to come. 

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
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