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Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born this day in 1904. Teachers, librarians, and parents use his books in children’s literacy, but I found children and adults never really out grow Dr. Seuss.

Several years ago, I read an article about Dr. Seuss. He created cartoons as a critical response to Hitler and Mussolini. He deplored racism and his books were a means of introducing children to diversity. Even though we think of his books as essential to children’s literacy, they are as important to social justice and equity.

It was not just his characters, but what they ate or did not eat that were part of the diversity.

Do you like green eggs and ham?

I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
I do not like green eggs and ham!

Would you like them here or there?

I would not like them here or there.
I would not like them anywhere.

I do so like green eggs and ham!
Thank you! Thank you,
Sam-I-am!

 

About ivonprefontaine

I am a retired educator who is currently completing a PhD. Prior to teaching, I worked in private industry for 15 years and returned to university to earn my education degree. For the last 17 years I taught, I was a teacher in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. My dissertation topic is how teachers experience becoming who they are as teachers, as human subjects.

19 responses »

  1. When my kids were young I found one of The Butter Battle book which was about a stupid war because each side butter their bread differently. After reading that book I looked at Dr. Sues books differently.

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  2. I was raised on Dr. Seuss. Both of my folks loved him and I see his influence in all of the children’s books I’ve written.

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  3. Lovely man, lovely books, There is a fine museum with lovely creatures in Springfield, MA his birthplace well worth visiting.

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  4. I was randomly quoting one of his books two nights ago(!) Funny, they do stay with a person 😉

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  5. My daughter loved “One Fish, Two Fish…” She cried the day Dr. Seuss died because she thought his books would disappear. She was only five. 😉 xoM

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  6. I love Dr. Seuss books. ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ)

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  7. I know that one by heart. Got to love Dr. Seuss.
    Leslie

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  8. Wonderful tip of the (Cat in the) hat to Dr. Seuss, Ivon~~

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