Why children (and parents) adore the worlds created by Dr Seuss.
The Cat in the Hat image via Takealot.com/Harper Collins UK 2009
Kids love the rhymes and images created by Dr Seuss.
Mom abandons two kids with a cat,
Two strangers appear, and would you look at that!
The house is left ruined, turned upside-down,
The kids are alright, but the fish made us frown.
Two kids left alone, a sister and brother,
Child neglect, we cry, terrible mother!
Let’s chat about a kid and Sam:
A creature peddling “eggs and ham”,
Is that a metaphor, we wonder?
This peer pressure’s a real blunder.
Finally the kid concedes,
Sam (the dealer) seems quite pleased.
The magical worlds you have promised to you,
As a child will probably never come true,
You may get a job flipping burgers and fries,
Or doing accounts, so don’t trust the lies,
That fame, wealth and honour will follow you, so,
Limit your dreams to the REAL places you’ll go.
Dr Seuss, we adore your books,
Although they steal our laughs like crooks,
We still love them anyway,
They get opened every day,
Thank you for your mad creations,
Your words and zany illustrations.
(With apologies to Dr Seuss! S.D.)
Why Dr Seuss?
The books many of us remember best from childhood are the ones involving the rhymes and colourful pictures created by Dr Seuss. Many have since been turned into movies, but there’s still nothing that compares with the experience of being able to read them to children of your own.
There are some deeper lessons to be learned about prejudice, fear and tolerance in many of his works, and they’re deliberately written with a repetitive format that encourages children to memorise the words and learn new ones.
He broke all the rules and then wrote some of his own, so let’s keep his happy books alive forever!
You could try:
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
Red Fish, Blue Fish
Green Eggs and Ham
The Sneetches and Other Stories
Fox in Socks
And many more to entertain you and your children at bed time. Get them from your local book store or online.
Which is your favourite Dr Seuss character?