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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
by Catherine. H. Armstrong

Theodore Seuss Geisel

If he were alive today, Dr. Seuss would be celebrating his 108th Birthday.  Since he’s no longer with us, The National Education Association has designated this week – beginning on March 2nd – as Read Across America Week in honor of that beloved author, Theodore Seuss Geisel.

Whoa!  His last name was  Geisel?  Why do we call him Dr. Seuss, then?  Believe it or not, Dr. Seuss used to tell people that he was saving his real name for when he finally penned the “Great American Novel” that every author aspires.  Probably that wasn’t true, but it sure made for a great story which was, after all, exactly what Dr. Seuss was all about.

Surprisingly, Dr. Seuss had no children of his own.  When asked about this, he once responded in typical Dr. Seuss fashion – with a smile and a bit of humor saying, “You make ’em.  I’ll amuse ’em.”

Seuss’ first book was, quite surprisingly, not an easy sell to publishers.  After being turned down by dozens of publishers, Seuss was on the verge of throwing it away when he – completely by chance – ran into a former classmate who had recently been appointed juvenile editor of Vanguard Press.  This former classmate, Mike McClintock, invited Seuss up to his office and immediately offered a contract for the overwhelmingly rejected, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street. 

Dr. Seuss was often asked where he got ideas for his stories.  Since the answer to this question was a mystery even to himself, Seuss would frequently answer this question with a completely invented-on-the-spot answer.

Said Seuss to one interviewer: 

“This is the most asked question of any successful author. Most authors will not disclose their sourcefor fear that other, less successful authors will chisel in on their territory. However, I am willing to takethat chance. I get all my ideas in Switzerland, near the Forka Pass. There is a little town called Gletch,and two thousand feet up above Gletch there is a smaller hamlet called Uber Gletch. I go there on thefourth of August every summer to get my cuckoo clock repaired. While the cuckoo is in the hospital, Iwander around and talk to the people in the streets. They are very strange people, and I get my ideasfrom them.”

While we may never know the truth to his inspiration for many of his works, we do know that the inspiration for The Cat in the Hat came from a challenge issued by the director of Houghton Mifflin’s education division who said to Seuss, “Write me a story that first-graders can’t put down!”  He gave Seuss a list of 348 words, and asked him to limit the book’s vocabulary to no more than 225 different words selected from the list.  When published in March of 1957, The Cat in the Hat became an instant success and sold nearly a million copies by 1960, making it arguably the most famous and well-loved among children’s books of the 20th century.

Celebrate the birth of one of world’s most beloved writers with a loved one this week.  Read to your children.  Offer to read in a classroom.  Or even just take a moment to regress back to your own child with a copy of Green Eggs and Ham.

For more information on Dr. Seuss, together with video and interactive games for children, visit www.seussville.com.


Nel, Phillip. Biography of Dr. Seuss. 2012. Seussville.com 29 Feb 2012, 18:23, http://www.seussville.com/#/author

March 2nd Begins "Read Across America Week"

Read Across America Week!
by Helen McIver

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd, the National Education Association (NEA) has set aside this week to honor the birthday of one of the world’s most beloved children’s author.

The National Education Association’s Read Across America began in 1998 and is an annual reading motivation and awareness program celebrated every March 2nd to encourage reading and literacy. They hope to create lifelong successful readers. 

This year’s theme is green in 2012 as NEA partners with The Lorax movie to bring the magic of books and film to the community.
There are so many wonderful Dr. Seuss books which inspire and encourage reading, and there is nothing like reading with a child.  Joy can be found not only by sharing the story, but also by sharing their reactions and discussing their thoughts. 

Don’t forget to read to your adult loved ones as well. That special poem, silly rhyme, moving passage, joke that you can’t wait to share, or just the book you are reading now. 

Winter 2011 Newsletter is Now Available!

Have you seen the most recent edition of the Friends of the Library newsletter?  If not, what’cha waiting for?  There’s tons of great information in there!  Just follow the links below to see the newsletter you want to read.  Take a look today!

An Invitation! – Book Talk with Friends

Featured author, Ken Allsen
will discuss his book on March 8th
Join us March 8th

Book Talk
with Friends

1:00 pm

Plummer House
1091 Plummer Lane SW
Rochster, MN  55902

Friends of Rochester PublicLibrary invites you to join us for an afternoon of conversation, coffee and cake atPlummer House. Popular local author andhistorian Ken Allsen will talk about his booksand will feature his most recent work,  OldFrontenac Minnesota.

In addition, the Friends’ Bookstore will have a selection of books for sale by MinnesotaMystery writers and books of regional interest.

Cost is $10.00 and reservations can be made online by following this link or by calling (507) 328-2341.

Mark your calendars and confirm your attendance today!  Remember: Thursday, March 8th at 1:00 PM at Rochester’s Plummer House.  Don’t miss it!