Today is Read Across America Day! It’s also Dr. Seuss’ birthday!
I LOVE reading and I LOVE Dr. Seuss’ books. I’m particularly partial to Green Eggs and Ham, mostly because I have such sweet memories of reading that book to the Junior Halls. But also because I loved reading it as a wee child.
And because reading Dr. Seuss makes me feel like a wild and crazy 8-year-old, I think that’s how I’ll celebrate today. How about you?
Will you read here or there?
Will you read everywhere?
Will you read up or down?
Will you read all around?
Will you read in your chair?
Will you read on the stair?
Will you read with a friend?
Will you read to the end?
I do so love to read, you know.
Thank you, Seuss– and off I go!
I do not like to read at all, I do not like it Cathy Hall.
I do like it in the john, I do not like it on the lawn, I do not like to read at all, I do not like it Cathy Hall.
I will not read while on the couch, I will not read about the grouch, I will not read beside the brook, I will not read your stupid book, I will not read your book at all, I will not read it Cathy Hall.
I do not like it in the sand, I do not like it in my hand, I do not like it at the park, I do not like it in the dark. I do not like your book at ALL, I do not like it Cathy Hall.
I will not read across the states, I will not read while Mama waits, I do not like to read, I say. Not tomorrow, not today.
I’ve always wanted to be immortalized in a Seussian poem–and one day, I shall return the favor, Sally. But I think I’ll stick to first names, only.
My favorite Seuss book was And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. I even used it to teach story writing in my classroom! Our school (where I taught) often served green eggs and ham for breakfast of Seuss birthday and birthday cake for dessert at lunch! Now they don’t allow cake to be served and the green food coloring is forbidden. *sigh* Take all the fun away….
Happy Day, Hip hip Hooray!
Oh, I loved that book, too, Gail!
Well, honestly, the ONLY Seuss book I didn’t care for was Cat in the Hat. What’s up with that? 😉
I love to read and I love your poem
But I think the first comment from the non-book lover must’ve been inspired by the Grinch.
Have a great weekend!
That Sally’s a mean one, Donna. 🙂
I made up different words to the Grinch song way back in the day…you know the one, “He’s a mean one, Mr. Grinch…”
Except it was about er…a nun. Who shall remain nameless. 🙂
Sally’s comment made my snort…especially since I imagined it in Sally’s voice and how ridiculous it sounds for Sally to be saying she hates to read. Good work, Sally! My seven year old brought Yertle the Turtle to school this morning, and insisted on having “Who Hair” in honor of Seuss. I, on the other hand, am writing today. But I am wearing red and white striped socks, in homage to the good Doctor :D.
I know, Kara. That Sally’s such a kidder.
(And I so hope you took a picture of the Who hair! I wonder if I could pull that off????)
Ha haa! Love Sally’s tribute to Dr. Suess and Cathy Hall. My favorite’s are Horton Hatches the Egg, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and of course, Green Eggs and Ham. I think I also have To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street memorized. I read that every day to Luke when he was little. Thanks for reminding us what a great artist he was!
I am partial to the Grinch. A couple of my favorite lines are…
“Why, my sweet little tot,” the fake Santy Claus lied,
“There’s a light on this tree that won’t light on one side.
So I’m taking it home to my workshop, my dear.
I’ll fix it up there, then I’ll bring it back here.”
They’ll feast and they’ll feast.
And they’ll feast, feast, feast, feast!
They’ll eat their Who pudding
And rare Who roast beast.
But I also enjoy…
Small feet, big feet,
Here come pig feet.
These Things will not bite you.
They want to have fun.”
Then, out of the box
Came Thing Two and Thing One
He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming, it came.
Somehow or other, it came just the same.
Is it completely ridiculous that I tear up at that line EVERY SINGLE YEAR?
(P.S. My kids loved my Grinch voice. Sounded a lot like Howard’s mother on The Big Bang Theory.)
Dr. Seuss is the best ever! Even though I have big kids in my classes, they still love to read the Seuss books. We read The Lorax and Yertle the Turtle on Friday. Then the kids passed the books around and read to each other, The Grinch and Daisy Head Maisy. I think Seuss brings good memories no matter how old (or young) you are! BTW, Sally’s quite a talented poet!
Oh, I agree, Suzanne! And I agree about Sally, too. (Clearly, I need to up my poetry game!) 😉