September 15, 2012

Savvy Seuss: Short and Sweet Saturdays

Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel, created beautiful stories for kids with many lessons meant just as much for adults. Whenever I sit down and read a Dr. Seuss book to my kids, I realize how mature the themes and lessons often are.

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For example, The Lorax. My kids always loved the book and then the movie. But it's really a lesson for all of us to care for our planet and watch our greed.

I stumbled across this quote today...

Be who you are
and say what you feel,
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.

Wow.

The older I get the more I realize how true this is. Knowing yourself is a gift. Those who accept that knowledge will enrich your life; those that don't, won't.

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss line or book?

5 comments:

Julie Glover said...

One of my favorite stories by Dr. Seuss is Horton Hatches an Egg. In it is the line, "An elephant is faithful, 100 percent." I love how Horton does the work and gets the reward in the end. :)

Mike Paulson said...

I've long been a believer that Dr. Seuss knew what he was doing with his crazy stories, that they weren't truly for kids, but for all of us.

I received "Oh, The Places You'll Go" as a high school graduation present. The Lorax still holds special status in my heart.

It's sad that Dr. Seuss died, that the genius of his mind is lost to us. At least we have the satisfaction in knowing that most of his books will survive for a long time.

Jo Michaels said...

My favorite book was always Green Eggs and Ham because it shows kids they won't know if they really don't like something unless they TRY it. :) WRITE ON!

bookworm said...

Yertle the Turtle. This writing is so wonderful especially the ending. Yertle, I understand, was inspired by Adolf Hitler.

The little turtle called Mack, who rebels against Yertle's tyranical rule,and the results are described as follows:

"And Yertle the Turtle, the king of the trees,
The king of the air and the birds and the bees,
The king of a house and a cow and a mule…
Well, that was the end of the Turtle King’s rule!
For Yertle, the King of all Sala-ma-Sond,
Fell off his high throne and fell Plunk! in the pond!

And today the great Yertle, that Marvelous he,
Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see.
And the turtles, of course… all the turtles are free
As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be."

Many people are not familiar with Dr. Seuss's political cartoons, incidentally. They are well worth checking out.

Tia Bach said...

So glad I'm not the only adult Dr. Seuss fan! I appreciate all your comments.

Alana, I never heard that about Yertle the Turtle. Wow.