February 26, 2009

Things-I-Love Thursdays: Dr. Seuss

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 5:42 pm by Dory

What elementary school teacher doesn’t love the man who can rhyme just about anything? Actually, what person doesn’t love him. He’s a staple in any child’s bookshelf, and there’s always the argument over picking one’s favorite book of his.

So why do I pick now to profess my love? Well, March 2nd is his 105th birthday, and in my 2nd grade classroom, we are starting a Dr. Seuss unit. In honor of the man who wrote such classics as “Hop on Pop,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” and (of course) “The Cat and the Hat,” here is some little-known trivia about the genious of a writer:

  • He was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904, and died on September 24, 1991.
  • He wrote his verse in anapestic tetrameter.
  • He never had any children of his own.
  • His first children’s book, “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” (1937), was rejected by over 20 publishers.
  • Seuss (his mother’s maiden name) is pronounced to rhyme with “voice.” Not with “loose” as it commonly is.
  • He supposedly wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” on a bet with His publisher, Bennett Cerf to write a book with only 50 words in writing a book.
  • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
  • “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
  • “Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”

So do you remember you childhood? Are you ready to pull out your old Dr. Seuss books and get lost in his tongue twisters and made-up words? In order to facilitate, a list of his books follow. AND, Sam’s Club is currently having a sale: 2 books for just over $11.

As Dr. Seuss:

  • And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937)
  • The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)
  • The King’s Stilts (1939)
  • The Seven Lady Godivas (1940)
  • Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)
  • McElligot’s Pool (Caldecott Honor Book, 1947)
  • Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (1948)
  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck (Caldecott Honor Book, 1949)
  • If I Ran the Zoo (Caldecott Honor Book, 1950)
  • Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953)
  • Horton Hears a Who! (1954)
  • On Beyond Zebra! (1955)
  • If I Ran the Circus (1956)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957)
  • The Cat in the Hat (1957)
  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1958)
  • Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1958)
  • Happy Birthday to You! (1959)
  • Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
  • The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961)
  • Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962)
  • Dr. Seuss’s ABC (1963)
  • Hop on Pop (1963)
  • Fox in Socks (1965)
  • I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (1965)
  • The Cat in the Hat Song Book (1967)
  • The Foot Book (1968)
  • I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories (1969)
  • My Book about ME (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1970)
  • I Can Draw It Myself (1970)
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises! (1970)
  • The Lorax (1971)
  • Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972)
  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)
  • The Shape of Me and Other Stuff (1973)
  • There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! (1974)
  • Great Day for Up! (Illustrated by Quentin Blake, 1974)
  • Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (1975)
  • The Cat’s Quizzer (1976)
  • I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! (1978)
  • Oh Say Can You Say? (1979)
  • Hunches in Bunches (1982)
  • The Butter Battle Book (1984)
  • You’re Only Old Once! : A Book for Obsolete Children (1986)
  • I Am NOT Going to Get Up Today! (Illustrated by James Stevenson, 1987)
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990)
  • Daisy-Head Mayzie (Posthumous, 1995)
  • My Many Colored Days (Posthumous, illustrated by Steve Johnson with Lou Fancher, 1996)
  • Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (Posthumous, from notes, with Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith, 1998)
  • Gerald McBoing-Boing (Posthumous, based on story and film, 2000)

As Theo. LeSieg (for books he wrote but did not illustrate):

  • Ten Apples Up on Top! (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1961)
  • I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (Illustrated by B Tobey, 1965)
  • Come over to My House (Illustrated by Richard Erdoes, 1966)
  • The Eye Book (Illustrated by Joe Mathieu/Roy McKie, 1968)
  • I Can Write (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1971)
  • In a People House (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1972)
  • Wacky Wednesday (Illustrated by George Booth, 1974)
  • The Many Mice of Mr. Brice (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1974)
  • Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1975)
  • Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him! (Illustrated by Charles E. Martin, 1976)
  • Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! (Illustrated by Art Cummings, 1977)
  • Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet! (Illustrated by Michael J. Smollin, 1981)
  • The Tooth Book (Illustrated by Joe Mathieu/Roy McKie, 1989)

As Rosetta Stone:

  • Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo! (Illustrated by Michael Frith, 1975)
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