"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

It's a Seussical Day

Happy Birthday Theodor Geisel! In honor of your birthday and the wonderful contributions you made to our childhoods, I took a stab at a rhyme about you...

There once was a doctor named Seuss
who I'm told looked not at all like a moose
his rhymes were unique and funny
and maybe just a little bit punny
but his imagination taught us all to let loose.
I remember with great affection reading many Dr. Seuss books when I was little...The Cat In The Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Grinch, and both Horton the Elephant books. I love reading these books to my children today. While I was looking up a few things for this post, I rediscovered some information I had learned last year. Did you know Green Eggs and Ham was written because of a bet? Geisel's publisher bet him $50 that he couldn't write a book using only 50 words. 50 years later, this 50 word book is still going strong.

Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss book or are you just a fan in general? Two of my favprite Seuss books are ones that go against his normal format. I really enjoy The Kings Stilts which is written in prose instead of the rhyming verse that is his normal style. I also really adore You're Only Old Once! You're Only Old Once is Seuss's second adult book. His first adult book was The Seven Lady Godivas and it flopped rather miserably. In fact, after this book flopped, "he stated that he would 'rather write for kids', who were more appreciative, and was no longer interested in writing for adults. Indeed, his general contempt for adults is evident in his oft-repeated quote: 'Adults are obsolete children, and the hell with them.'" I think we reaped the dividends of him immersing himself in children's literature. Without that focus, we would have missed out on a lot of wonderful books.

Despite the light-hearted, fun nature of many of his books, they offer many wonderful quotes that really apply to our every day life. My favorite quote from Dr. Seuss is “Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.” Not a bad way to look at life.

9 comments:

..Soo.See.. said...

Love that quote too! :) It made me SMILE! I don't have a favorite, but LOVE his books. I've started to collect them for the Tweedles' library. Happy birfday, Dr. Seuss!

Sheliza said...

very cute post! Love your poem! William loves his Dr. Seuss books :)

Lavender Luz said...

That's an awesome quote. I'd never heard it, but now it's among my favorites.

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Wonderful post! I love Seuss! My favourite book of his has always been the Seuss Sleep Book. I double-dog-dare anyone to read that book and not be yawning by halfway through!

I read somewhere that he intended for his pen name to be pronounce 'soys' rather than 'soos'. I wonder if that's true?

Beautiful Mess said...

Happy birthday Dr. Suess! That is one of my favorite quotes!
*HUGS*

Alana said...

Catching up...

LOVED your Limericks!

Rescue kitty is super cute. (I'm a sucker for orange cats!)

Super neat quote. I LOVE Suess! One of my favorites is "My Many Colored Days, " a neat book which compares emotions to colors.

Nina said...

I was Green Eggs and Ham. About everything. I was the kid that fell asleep at the table cause I wouldn't eat whatever it was that Mom served that night. Yeah, I won.

battynurse said...

My mom used to read me a bunch of all the Dr. Suess books. I loved them although I don't know if I remember having a favorite.

Days Like These by Tanyetta said...

Very Cute and Creative!!