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on March 2, 2012

Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday which is celebrated with Read Across America.  Earlier this week, I posted a few sites that might have given you some ideas to celebrate.  Hope you found it useful.

However, today is all about Dr. Seuss whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel.  He was born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts and lived to the ripe age of 87.  He was the cartoonist and author of over 60 children’s books.  Though most of his books are published under the name Dr. Seuss,  he did publish some under the name Theo Li Sieg and Rosetta Stone.  His first book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was published in 1937.  What a great book that celebrates the wonderful imagination that our children possess.

After that book, Dr. Seuss faced 27 rejections before he would go on to publish some of the great books that we have grown to love such as The Cat In the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  At least 18 of Dr. Seuss’ books were adapted for TV and film including How The Grinch Stole Christmas. 

The film released today, fittingly so, based on  Dr. Seuss’ book, is The Lorax.  Today would have been Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday.  The film follows Ted (Zac Efron), an idealistic young boy who lives in “Thneed-Ville”, a city that, aside from the citizens, is completely artificial. He sets out to find the one thing that will win him the affection of Audrey (Taylor Swift), the girl of his dreams, who wishes to see a real tree. While attempting to find a tree, he discovers that their city has been closed off from the outside world, and meets the reclusive Once-ler (Ed Helms), who recounts the story of how he met the Lorax (Danny DeVito), a grumpy yet charming creature who serves as guardian of the land. When the young businessman introduces a revolutionary invention from the native Truffula Tree‘s tufts, it tragically spirals into a mass overproduction leading to the depletion of the forest, and the creation and isolation of Ted’s town. With the Once-ler’s blessing, and the last Truffula Seed, Ted sets out to remind his town of the importance of nature. Unfortunately, he finds himself hounded by the wealthy mayor of Thneed-Ville, O’Hare (Rob Riggle), who has no intention of leaving any traces of the Lorax’s world (wikipedia).  Check out this clip.

This movie is high on my list of must sees.

But let’s not lose focus on the fact that today is Read Across America.  So, grab some of your favorite Dr. Seuss books, grab the family, and share some of the best stories of all time while sharing your love of reading!! 


One response to “HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS!

  1. […] my fourth reason, I REEEAAALLLYY wanted to see this movie.  Not too long ago I posted about the late great Dr. Seuss.  I just think he is a genius that we can learn so much from.  I do have to say that I heard that […]

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