I have been meaning to write on Dr. Seuss. I swear. Seriously. Ask my boyfriend. The everyday busy-ness has prevented me from actually writing it, but after learning that it’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday today, I could not not do it today.
Sadly, I never grew up with Dr. Seuss. I’m from Japan. I started reading Dr. Seuss with my first born. He is 14 now, but I still have the same copy of Green Eggs and Ham, except now I read it with my younger son (3 year old).
Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? His books are just pure fun to read aloud.
When my toddler was born, a friend gave me this book – Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker’s Dozen by the One and Only Dr. Seuss.
It’s a collection of 13 of Dr. Seuss stories, including “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” “The Sneetches” etc…the stories are all wonderful as you know it, but what is equally wonderful is the introduction by Janet Schulman, who used to be Dr. Seuss’s editor at Random House. She writes how Dr. Seuss was known to everyone who knew him personally, as simply, “Ted”. I was fascinated to learn more about Ted Geisel, his life, his personality, and his humanity.
I particularly loved this anecdote :
“In spite of his ban to appearing on television, Ted did suffer through a good number of press interviews. One of the questions he frequently got was, “Where do you get your ideas?” At some point he concocted an answer and delivered it with deadpan sincerity: he got his ideas in Über Gletch, a small hamlet in the Swiss Apls, where he went each summer to get his cuckoo clock fixed. It annoyed Ted that many of these same journalists would describe his books as “whimsical.” Ted once said to me, “‘Whimsical’ means that the books say nothing. Look it up in the dictionary. It means capricious, without reason.””- Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker’s Dozen by the One and Only Dr. Seuss
Few months ago, I wad thrilled to purchase Dr. Seuss’s latest book;The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories. My friend Drew at Tall Tales Books (Awesome children’s bookstore) knew I liked Dr. Seuss, and he told me about this collection of “lost stories” by Dr. Seuss. (Top photo)
These are mostly stories that were published on magazines, and never made it to books. For this book, Introduction is written by Charles D. Cohen, the world’s formost Seuss scholar and collector of Seussiana(!), and the author of The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing But the Seuss: A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Don’t you just love the title?
This book contains seven stories. My favourite story in this book is the titled one, The Bippolo Seed. A duck finds a magic seed that will grant you any wish, and he hopes to wish for a week’s worth of food, but a cat comes over asks, “Now why. Did you wish for just that?” ….just like many of Dr. Seuss stories, this has a moral background and in this case, it’s a warning about greed.
Cohen has many great stories about Dr. Seuss in this introduction, such as a fan whose mother used to read her “The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga” and when the magazine pages had worn to shreds, typed the story up to her…also about Dr. Seuss’s revelation to write books for children to be read aloud, after hearing a three-year-old boy reciting his book by heart. “Ted marveled, “I don’t wtite for kids that young…how does he do it?”” - The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
I highly recommend you pick up this book.
It is so hard to pick just one favourite Seuss story. My top 3 favourites are:
-Horton Hears A Who!
(“A person’s a person, not matter how small.”)
-The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
(“I am Lolax, and I speak for the trees!”)
-Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
(“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day!)
Celebrate Dr.Seuss’ birthday with reading his book with the little people in your life. Which one is your favourite?
Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. Nobody asked me to write this and I wrote this just because I love Dr. Seuss. However, the links are all Amazon affilite links. Just thought you should know that. BUT, if you are in Victoria, BC, you should just buy these books at Tall Tales Books.(Again, I’m saying this on my own discretion)