Put a Wocket in Your Pocket This Week!
in Honor of Dr. Seuss
Wow! Talk about words to live by!
Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991)
Theodor Seuss Geisel was quite a man who lived quite a life. He was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was later suspected that many of his characters and book settings were based upon people and places in his childhood hometown.
Ted attended Dartmouth College then later Oxford University. He quickly found that academic studies were not for him and left school to pursue a career as a cartoonist, mainly in advertising.
His big break came when he was asked to write and illustrate AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET. He enjoyed the writing and illustrating process but the publishing world was not as kind. His first picture book was rejected 27 times before being published by Vanguard Press in 1937.
It seems that even the famous Dr. Seuss traveled the familiar path of many writers. Thankfully, he never gave up. He persevered and went on to publish over 44 children’s books, was the source for 11 television specials, a Broadway musical and feature length motion picture with
apparently more to come!
Dr. Seuss has been part of my life since I was very young. We didn’t have much money for toys and games but I do remember lots of Dr. Seuss books strewn about, looking dog-eared and well loved.
I specifically remember my mom reading ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH to my brother and I.
It was a book that brought joy and laughter to our house. My favorite Seuss book was MY BOOK ABOUT ME. It is a book that you can write in and fill in the blanks about personal details about you and your life. If you look at my Bio Page, you will find my actual BOOK ABOUT ME with my answers circled, filled in and drawn. Fortunately, this book is still available at:
As a mom of four kids, Dr. Seuss books were the first set of books I bought from one of those book clubs, when I found out I was pregnant with our oldest daughter. I still have them and they will have another life with my grandchildren someday.
We made and ate Green Eggs and Ham, we counted apples up on top, we made Cat in the Hat hats…I am a former kindergarten teacher so the projects I had done with my kiddos when I was teaching became part of our routine…one big craft project!
When my oldest daughter graduated from high school last fall, I gave her OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! and asked everyone at her graduation party to sign it. She loved it!
Dr. Seuss passed away in 1991 but his legacy lives on through his brilliant works for children. To celebrate his memory, across the nation…
Next Sunday, March 2, 2014 is declared as Dr. Seuss Day.
In honor of this wonderful writer, poet and cartoonist let’s celebrate in style!
I am going to pull out all my Dr. Seuss books and read them out loud to myself.
I am going to make green eggs and ham for my teenagers because I can!
I am going to PUT A WOCKET IN MY POCKET and walk around with it there all week.
I challenge you!
What are you going to do to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day?
Thank you Dr. Seuss!!!
I highly recommend this biography written by Tanya Dean titled THEODOR GEISEL (DR. SEUSS)