Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Who doesn’t love Theodor Giesel, better known as Dr. Seuss?

If he were alive today, he would be celebrating his 107th birthday.

When our sons were in first grade last year, they had to dress up as their favorite book character during spirit week.

Can you guess what they chose?

Here is a big hint:

Jack is Thing 1 (he’s older by 10 whole minutes) and Josiah is Thing 2

The blue in their hair is from a can of hairspray and (thank you, Jesus) it washed out with one shampoo!

To quote a line from “The Cat in the Hat, do you want to have lots of “good fun that is funny”?

Here are some quick and easy ideas you can implement on short notice. Blue hairspray not required.

  • serve green eggs and ham for dinner – just add a couple of drops of green food coloring before you cook scrambled eggs

  • read one (or more) of your favorite Dr. Seuss books aloud
  • watch “The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That” marathon on PBS today
  • check out the resource page for parents on PBS for lots of fun and educational stuff
  • visit http://www.seussville.com/ for games, activities and printable coloring sheets
  • make some Whos out of pipe cleaner courtesy of Family Fun magazine (I thought these were a bit hard to make, but our kids still loved them)

For the adult Seuss fans, here are some quick facts about the man who turned children’s literature upside down:

  • His first children’s book was “And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.” It was rejected 27 times before being published.
  • Dr. Seuss never had children but developed a close relationship with his nephew, who was the inspiration for “Green Eggs and Ham.”
  • Dr. Seuss’ penchant for rhyming was inherited from his mother, who used chants to memorize pie recipes as a child in her father’s bakery.

These facts were taken from this article on yahoo. A fun and quick read.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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