OK, so I’m arriving a little late (hopefully fashionably!) to the party. March 1st was Read Across America Day in honor of the wonderful author, Dr. Seuss’, birthday, March 2nd (a Saturday, which is why it was celebrated on the Friday before this year)! All around the US, celebrations took place that inspired and motivated children and adults alike to read.
Like many homes with children, Dr. Seuss’ books are a favorite in our house. My 7 year-old loves The Lorax so much that he dressed as the Lorax for Halloween, has most of the book memorized (and can read the rest – even words like “whisper-ma-phone”), and he did his first book report on The Lorax. To him it is a fun story, full of colorful pictures and fun words to say, but like all of Dr. Seuss’ children’s books, it is teaching him so much more than he realizes. If you know the story, you understand the significance behind the simple word “unless”.
There are countless lessons to be learned from the man born of a humble family in Massachusetts who began writing under the pen name “Seuss”.
Here are just a few:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
―Oh the Places You’ll Go
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
― Happy Birthday to You
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
― Horton Hears a Who
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
― The Lorax
“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)”
― Oh, the Places You’ll Go
“When you think things are bad, when you feel sour and blue, when you start to get mad…you should do what I do! Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky! Some people are much more… oh, ever so much more… oh, muchly much-much more unlucky than you!”
― Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are
And a few of my favorites that are quoted from interview in the writings of other authors:
“It is better to know how to learn than to know.”
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”