Mar 02 2011

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

It's Dr. Seuss' birthday today and we are celebrating "National Read Across America Day!" What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Why? What is your best "Dr.Seuss" memory?

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3/2/2011 2:12:59 PM
Donna Creech United States
Donna Creech
I am commenting on my favorite memories of Dr. Seuss.  The book Are you my mother was my daughters favorite book.  I have several fond memories of reading this book and what makes it so special now is that my daughter is 7 months pregnant with her first child and when where just commenting on how much we love this book and hope to someday read it to her little girl.  Thanks Dr. Seuss for giving me great memories.
3/2/2011 2:13:09 PM
Alessia Russell United States
Alessia Russell
I own a Christian school and for every graduation I read "oh the places you'll go" by dr suess
3/2/2011 2:13:14 PM
kimberley United States
kimberley
My son, Gage is a huge Dr. Seuss fan.  He dressed up as him for halloween last year.  Anyhoo, my favorite book is "Oh the Places You'll Go."  Very inspirational and moving.  Makes me cry every time.  Gave it to my niece last year as a Graduation gift.  Is a perfect sendoff for children, 1 to 100, entering any new phase of their lives. Kindergartners, graduate students. It's all about how you can move mountains and don't let anything stand in your way.
3/2/2011 2:14:55 PM
J D United States
J D
The very first Seuss book I read to each of my children (age 2) was "Red fish, blue fish".  The first Seuss book they memorized.
3/2/2011 2:16:42 PM
Julie Sanchez United States
Julie Sanchez
I love Dr Suess , I grew up with having his bookjs read to me, and then as a mother of six I have read them so many times I can read them from memory. My sister and I to this day can nbot hear someone say " I like it alot " without one of us adding " said the fish in the pot " from cat in the hat. These books will go down in history
3/2/2011 2:18:17 PM
VICKY United States
VICKY
When my daughter was in kinder, her teacher made them green eggs and ham to go along with them reading the book. When my daughter got home, she was sick to her stomach and was throwing up green eggs and ham. She still remembers that and she is in 5th grade now. No more green eggs for her...
3/2/2011 2:18:24 PM
Sally United States
Sally
Our family ALWAYS has green eggs and ham for Easter every year!  We have all been huge Dr. Suess fans.
Also, I once replied to a man on a dating site simply because he said in his profile that Theodore Giesel fans would be high on his list of people he'd like to meet!

Sally Danford
3/2/2011 2:20:54 PM
Lauren Willoughby United States
Lauren Willoughby
I too am commenting on my favorite Dr. Seuss memories. I remember when I was a little kid, my favorite book was "Are You My Mother?". I also had the video that told that story and I watched it and read the book so much that I actually memorized it so well, I could quote the whole story almost perfectly and I used to quote and tell the story to classmates at day care. Now I'm twenty years old and while I remember the story(sadly not as perfect as I did as a kid) I also realize that Dr.Seuss had quite an imagination and I think that's another thing I liked his books. They were always so colorful, and just whimsical and fun. They were great to read.
3/2/2011 2:23:47 PM
Chloe United States
Chloe
My grandparents' upstairs bedrooms where we sleep have a huge basket of books,and my dad reads to my brothers at night every time we are there. We always read dr seuss' the pale green pants. we always went to bed having nightmares of green pants in our bedroom.
3/2/2011 2:27:51 PM
kristen United States
kristen
My two year old son Bo knows "The Cat in the Hat" by heart, so when we lay down at night and turn the lights off, he will say "let me read you a book, mama" and read me to sleep! I am constantly amazed by how smart a child can be!
3/2/2011 2:35:04 PM
MIchelle United States
MIchelle
Growing up I LOVED "the sneetches" the dr.seuss story about the creatures that had stars on their bellies and not on others. A salesman comes to town and for a fee, allows the non star-bellied sneetches to climb in his machine and get a star on their stomach and be just as coveted as the sneetches born with stars upon their stomaches. When the original star bellied sneetches see what happens they want to be different again and so they go to the salesman and he talks them into paying him to go into his star removal machine.. with a fee. The sneetches go back and forth and after a while it gets very out of hand. Eventually, they end up giving up and just coming to terms with how they look and the salesman packs up and leaves town. I feel like this story teaches us to just be happy with how God created us.
--------> "I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well."
                 -Psalm 139:14
3/2/2011 2:37:14 PM
Katie French United States
Katie French
I went to walkertown in Hazard, Ky today. I read two Dr. Suess books to kindergarden and 2nd graders. They were in love with so much that they wanted me to come back and read to them again. I kept a smile on my face the whole time. Even when i left the school i was in a good mood the rest of the day and still am.
3/2/2011 2:38:21 PM
Carole Wright United States
Carole Wright
Oh Hi Scott & Kelly! I heard your tribute to Dr. Suess as I was driving home in my car and I had a huge smile on my face as you talked about "Are You My Mother?" That was one of our favorite books when I read to my two children and my son Alex's very first book that he read all by himself. The thing is - it wasn't that he read it - he was only three and he actually memorized the book and would read it to me by looking at the pictures. We must have read that book a hundred times! It is all tattered and worn and I saved it because it is such a wonderful memory! Today my son, Alex is in his first year of college at Concordia in St. Paul, MN and would like to become a Director of Christian Ed! He would probably shudder to know I shared this with you but it was the best time ever sharing those stories with my kids. One day I hope to read it with my grandkids! Thanks for the special mention of Dr. Suess' birthday and making my day with the blessing of cherished memories of yesterday.
3/2/2011 2:40:12 PM
Maranda United States
Maranda
I am an elementary school librarian, and in honor of Dr. Suess's birthday today I read his book " Hooray for Diffendoofer Day" to all of my classes today. This happens to be my favorite of his. Anyways, after reading to one class this one usually quite little boy comments with a huge smile on his face, " That was like a movie for my head!!!" I thought, what a great tribute to a great author! It makes me smile to know that books like these exist to spark the imaginations of young ones! As I was reading the book I was hoping that they would find the same inspiration and enjoyment that It just made my day to hear that comment and made me feel so good about my job!
3/2/2011 2:43:54 PM
Elise United States
Elise
My favorite Dr. Suess story was What Was I Scared Of?  about the green pants.  It was always a special moment between my mom and I when she would read it to me.  Love it!
3/2/2011 2:49:18 PM
Pastor Ed Cottrell, Jr United States
Pastor Ed Cottrell, Jr
I live in Indy, My Dr Seuss Story is that when I would call my mother or she called me I would say Are you my Mother? that always started our conversation. I miss doing that. She passed in 1992 from cancer.
Also did you know you can get green eggs by putting grape jelly on it. The Concord Grapes turn eggs green.
3/2/2011 2:59:48 PM
Laura Bryant United States
Laura Bryant
At one time I could quote The Cat in the Hat word for word. My boys, who are now grown up, loved that book. I'd have to say Green Eggs and Ham is my favorite. I bet you didn't know this interesting fact about Dr. Seuss; he was an artist before he was writing children's books!  We own a time share in South Lake Tahoe, Timber Lodge Marriot  by the Heavenly ski lift. In the shopping center across the street where the Raleys is located is an art gallery. There they have an exhibit of Dr. Seuss' work. We were on vacation last summer and went browsing thru there and the gallery manager filled us in on the history of Dr. Seuss' art. Fascinating! A must see if you are ever up in Tahoe.
3/2/2011 2:59:57 PM
Jane K. United States
Jane K.
My favorite is always Green Eggs & Ham. Heard kelly mention 'Are you my mother' earlier - that is not Dr. Seuss. That one was written by P.D. Eastman.
3/2/2011 3:04:21 PM
Loma United States
Loma
Here are some great Seuss-isms:

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"

"There's no limit to how much you'll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go."

"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
3/2/2011 3:05:15 PM
Judith Terry United States
Judith Terry
My father read Dr Seuss to my sister, two brothers and I regularly. I love his books, and we had most of them. My very favorite, although not one of the most well known, was McElligot's Pool. Great story, and I really enjoyed Dr. Seuss' humor.
3/2/2011 3:11:31 PM
JD Hinderliter United States
JD Hinderliter
I remember my third grade teacher gave me Green Eggs and Ham for Christmas..no it was not quite a first edition..thank you..she knew my Mom..But my fav. Dr Suess memory is not a book. My daughter is now a mom herself, but she shares her birthday with the great author..and if you could manage to do this for a former Christian radio DJ, when she turned 17, I played David Meece's song, When I was Seventeen. She is still in Joplin, Mo. Where I worked the Christian radio station eons ago, which incidently is now a KLOVE translator. I am now in SLC, but she is a listener..thank you either way and Lord bless your continued endeavors as a servant outreach. Her name is Teri JD
3/2/2011 3:12:38 PM
doris United States
doris
I love Horton Hears a Who - it's an incredible pro-life story.  Horton just knows there's something of value in that speck but the other's around him are saying, "Will you kindly get rid of this thing." Horton is committed to that speck even when it's thrown into the clover field - he looks persistently and finally finds his speck on the three millionth flower.  Horton makes some great statements throughout the book - "Should I put this speck down? Horton thought with alarm. "If I do, these small persons may come to great harm.  I CAN'T put it down. And I WON'T! After all, a person's a person. No matter how small." Later he says, "I'm going to protect them no matter how small-ish."  Horton is inspiration to keep flying the pro-life banner.  Even though I was forty-five at the time, I asked for "Horton Hears a Who" for Christmas, and I did receive it.  My artsy daughter also made me a cute paper mache Horton which sits on my windowsill.
Doris
3/2/2011 3:18:54 PM
Katie Randolph United States
Katie Randolph
I teach preschool.  We honor Dr. Seuss every year and celebrate.  I drew many of his characters to post around.  We often make Green Eggs and Ham, but this year I have a child with egg allergy so we made toast with green butter instead.  We painted One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.  All the kids brought variety of his books to read.  My favorite character is the Gack... in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.  One year I drew him and made the antlers out of stuff and we actually threw the rings around his antlers just like in the book.  
3/2/2011 3:24:09 PM
Lori C. United States
Lori C.
Sooo....I have ALWAYS been a huge Dr. Suess fan since I was little. I am currently in 11th grade and I still have quite a few of his books on my bookshelf. Smile My favorite Dr. Suess memory was from back in kindergarden. Towards the end of the year, our teachers had a "Green Eggs and Ham" day. It is about the only day that I remember from that year. The teachers put on the movie for us and let us watch it while they cooked the green eggs and ham. It was awesome. Some people wouldn't eat it with it being green and all but some of us were brave. I can't sat that I have a favorite book, I love them all. But that was my favorite memory. Smile
3/2/2011 3:41:14 PM
Kristin United States
Kristin
My all time favorite Dr. Suess book is "Green Eggs and Ham". I never really read Dr. Suess at school, but at home, my older sister always had one around. She didn't read them much, but she owned a lot of them because she loves Dr. Suess. My sister would always find me reading "Green Eggs and Ham", so for my birthday one year, she got me my very own copy. I was so excited. I still have the book. Those were the days.
3/2/2011 3:55:40 PM
evalina United States
evalina
Aloha Scott & Kelii,
On the Big Island of Hawaii an elementary school is having "Green Eggs & Spam".
3/2/2011 3:58:50 PM
Sarah Japan
Sarah
Hey there! My husband and I have tried since our son was born to acquire the whole Dr. Seuss Collection.  They are such wonderfully fun books and now that he is 5 and learning to read, his favorites are Dr. Seuss! So happy Birthday to a child at heart and a literary visionary! Also, Kelly, I know for a fact that eating honey produced in local apieries, within 100 miles or so helps to battle allergies.  I am a firm believer in it, I battle almost every allergen known to man and honey has helped make such a difference! I can actually stop taking my medication in the fall and winter now! You should give it a try!
3/2/2011 4:11:48 PM
Rose D United States
Rose D
Dr Seuss had a wonderful insight to telling stories and teaching lessons.  When I heard you discussing Dr Seuss while driving home, I chuckled and remembered my honeymoon night.  We spent the evening at my brother's house, while he was away.  On the night stand was a Dr Seuss book which we read.  It was "The Big Long Yawn" Needless to say, we were so exhausted we fell right to sleep!
3/2/2011 4:31:56 PM
Cheryl Cash United States
Cheryl Cash
Dr. Seuss has been in our family for 3 generations.  I remember being 5 yrs old and belonging to the Dr. Seuss book club, getting books in the mail every couple of months.  
I enrolled my kids in the book club when they were young.
Now my grandchildren are reading Dr. Seuss books.  
Some of the titles that our grandchildren are reading were the ones that belong to my husband & I as children-"Are You My Mother?", "Put Me In The Zoo","Go Dog, Go.
Dr Seuss is timeless I think.
3/2/2011 6:02:26 PM
Elisa Witt United States
Elisa Witt
I'm in 6th grade and my school gives out quote sheets every week which we are supposed to read and write about in our journal. So all this week, we've had Dr. Seuss quotes. It's really funny because I'm pretty sure they're just quotes from the books that he wrote. Also earlier this year our librarian introduced us to the website Seussville. It was a bit kiddish for my grade level nut even I have to admit it's pretty cute!
3/3/2011 8:11:20 AM
Vicki Grimes United States
Vicki Grimes
My favorite memory of a Dr. Seuss book is "Green Eggs and Ham". Our oldest Grandson, Josh, used to live with my husband and me when he was little. One of his favorite books we read to him was Green Eggs and Ham. He loved the story so much that my husband had to use green food dye to fix Josh "green eggs and Ham"!
3/22/2011 8:22:00 AM
Kathleen Bee United States
Kathleen Bee
My mother gave me Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" as a high school graduation gift.  I've heard this is a popular thing to do for graduates but my mom made it extra special by adding Bible verses to the "Seuss Verse."  For example, the title page reads "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" to which my mother wrote out Jeremiah 29:11 ... "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  This loving touch makes "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" my very favorite of Dr. Seuss' books.
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