Today marks the birthday of Theodor Geisel, or as millions know him; Dr. Seuss. Most people reading here learned the intricacies of the English language by reading his books. Looking back over the blog, even I found that I’m just as likely to quote Seuss as I am to quote Aristotle or Jefferson.
In honor of Dr.Seuss, the NEA has named March 2nd as Read Across America Day to encourage young people to pick up the habit of reading, a common theme of Seuss. I know a few adults that would benefit from picking up a book now and again.
I had planned to explore the political messages in his writings and his themes, but after rereading his biography this morning, I find I still have a soft spot for the books, and the rhymes. So the critique can wait for another time. Today, I’ll just remember the wit, the silly drawings, and the way the same books I learned to read with, I used a generation later to teach my own son how to read.