Today is Dr. Seuss' 105th birthday. I love reading Dr. Seuss books and I have read plenty of those over the course of raising my children. I am still reading those books to my grandchildren. There is something so fun about the sing song lilt and tongue twister lines.
Did you know that Dr. Seuss not only wrote over 60 children's books but he was both the editor-in-chief of Dartmouth's humor magazine, Jack-O-Lantern and later a political cartoonist for a New York daily newspaper as well? His name was Theodor Seuss Geisel and it was as a college student at Dartmouth that he started signing his work “Seuss.” Once he graduated, he started signing his work as “Dr. Seuss” when submitting it to a humor magazine. You can read more interesting facts about him here.
This book, Fox in Socks, is the current favorite of my grandchildren. The following line is one we always try to say as fast as we can but usually end up laughing right in the middle. Try it. Fast.
"When a fox is in the bottle where the tweetle beetles battle with their paddles in a puddle on a noodle-eating poodle, THIS is what they call......a tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottled paddled muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir!"
His last book is probably one of my favorites. I think because as an adult I began to look at the meaning of what he was writing. I love the final line in his final book, (Oh, the Places You'll Go!). "You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. so....get on your way!"
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss. I miss you.