Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Brithday to the Suessiest of Doctors

I had the entire collection of Dr. Suess books. Aside from his obvious charm and whimsy, Theodor Seuss Geisel (he didn't actually practice medicine, or even earn the doctor title) truly turned the world of children's books upside down.

FUN FACT:  "The Cat in the Hat resulted from a theory Seuss had that the ‘Dick and Jane’ children’s books were so boring, reading levels were down in schools because kids refused to read them. To fix this, a director at Houghton Mifflin sent Seuss a list of about 350 words kids should know and then challenged him to write a book kids couldn’t put down with only 250 of those words in it. In the end, the book uses 220 of the words most used by children."
Find more Suess facts and oddities at 15 Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Suess

Suess had an uncanny way of encrypting both sentimental and intuitive messages in this stories.

Once of my favorite movies of all time, and what I believe to be a fantastic remake and interpretation of Suess' story.
Mike Myers (accompanied by a young miss Dakota Fanning) in the 2003 feature film of The Cat in the Hat - in my opinion second rate the the remake of How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey.    
Just in time for his birthday (those smart movie peeps), The Lorax comes out in theaters today and stars Danny Devito, Ed Helms, Zac Effron and Taylor Swift.

I leave you with the wise words of Ellen DeGeneres wishing Suess a happy day of birth...
 "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Your books are better than some juice. Something something something Bruce. I’m not great with rhymes. Caboose."

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