Students celebrate Seuss
Published 12:44 am Tuesday, March 4, 2014
One hundred and ten years after he was born, Dr. Seuss was celebrated yesterday by students, teachers and adults who love his work.
In honor of his birthday, students enjoyed green eggs and ham at breakfast, birthday cake at lunch, and all kinds of activities in between.
Those who work with children say they celebrate Dr. Seuss because he makes learning fun.
“In a time where reality is harsh, Dr. Seuss is silly,” said Andalusia Public Library children’s librarian Caryl Lee Ray. “For children/teens/adults who are all about technology, Dr. Seuss provides an escape with rhyming words and tongue twisters. Dr. Seuss encourages imagination and happiness.”
And he also encourages learning, Straughn reading coach Patricia Oates said.
“He is a great inspiration,” she said. “His rhymes and nonsense words help them with vocabulary.”
His rhyming patterns make children look forward to what he will say next, she said.
“His books are great entertainment, plus they have educational value.”
Oates said her favorite Seuss book for children is Cat In The Hat, although she likes Oh, the Places You Can Go for teens and adults.
Ray said there is no age restriction on Seuss.
“I’ve read his words from babies, to preschoolers, to school age, to senior adult groups, he’s loved everywhere,” she said.
And especially at her house, Ray said.
“My four sons were raised on Seuss,” she said. “My now 20-year-old, Will’s teeth marks can still be found on Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?, while 17-year-old Ben chooses to read The Foot Book when we share with reading classes. It’s fun to hear him put the same inflections into stories as they were told to him when he was little.
One year, she said, the Easter Bunny incorporated Dr. Seuss into the clues for finding their baskets.
“As one clue mentioned a Seuss character, ‘a Jertain,’ without discussing it, all four boys ran to the ‘curtain’ for their next clue,” she recalled. “On it went until the ‘wasket’ was found with their ‘basket.’ ”
Her boys even loved Dr. Seuss’s world at Universal Studio.
“Looking for ‘Neiling’s on the Ceiling,’ and ‘Horton with his Hoo,’ gave us smiles, and impressed this mother with how many Seuss books her boys could quote.
“The happiest memory, though, came as we looked at T-shirts with ‘Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3, and Thing 4’ for my sons,” she said. “My 9-year-old, Gray, held up a shirt for me that said, ‘Mother of All Things.’ “