There’s more Seuss on the loose!
“Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.” Theodor Geisel
Ready to think here? Then visit this link here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2011/apr/07/lost-dr-seuss-stories-published
For those of us who always hoped our kid would choose the Seuss book when it was story-before-bed time, the news that some “lost” works of Theodor Geisel will soon see print is a reason to party. This was a guy who was willing and able to think outside the book. Want first-graders to read on their own with a vocabulary of 250 words? Write The Cat in the Hat and use only 236. (And make a memory for my friend Doris.) Wish to show adults how ridiculous the arms race is? Pen The Great Butter Battle. Racial equality? The Sneetches. And for good measure, when a sitting president needs to vacate the premises, a parody of one’s prior work: Richard M. Nixon, Will You Please Go Now?
I thought it would be fun to conduct a most unscientific survey of some book-loving FB friends, asking them what their favorite Seuss story was and why. Not surprisingly, there were strong opinions. Horton Hears a Who got a favorite rating from one recent grandmother-teacher and a “dislike…it mysteriously vanished from our house” from a teacher and crazy-busy-mom-of-three. Oh, The Places You’ll Go not only ranks high on several lists, it’s the parting “empowerment” gift Jeanie Hickerson McElvain gives her students when they leave eighth grade.
And, oh, the things that I learned in this process!
If I ever knew the lyrics to Broadway’s Seussical the Musical, they had escaped me. (Thanks, Angie!) The same holds true for On Beyond Zebra (Carrie’s pick) and Inside, Outside, Upside Down (Jill’s choice). But something tells me that such discovery/rediscovery/communication/ponderation is precisely what Seuss hoped to instill as a life perspective. Keep looking. Have confidence. Take risks. But he said it much, much better…and in rhyme:
“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
Watch out, Tuesday. Here I come. 😉