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March 3, 2010

Happy Birthday To You, Dr Suess... Thanks For All The Memories

Yesterday would have been Dr. Suess's 106 birthday. As on of the most famous children authors of all time, Suess crafted over 60 children books that have broadened childrens imagination for decades. Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Horton Hears A Who are just some of the classics written by this genius. His most famous work would be The Cat In The Hat, an adventurous tale about two sibilings left at home who have to deal with the mischevious title character. Usng just 236 words, Suess showed that the key to child literacy is to keep the word count down to the essentials and make the books fun. It revelotionized the kids book industry and set a new benchmark as to what children books should be in the future. His works have been animated on various occasions, and there have been live movie adaptions of both The Grinch starring Jim Carrey and The Cat In The Hat starring Mike Myers. Also, a feature length version of Horton Hears A Who was recently released with a All Star voice cast lead by Steve Carell and Seth Rogen.

My 1st grade teaching girlfriend Tara swears by Dr. Suess and all his books, using them frequently throughout the school year. I also introduced my son Mikey to Dr. Suess at a very young age, and he loves all of his books. His favorite is Hop on Pop, a rhyming book. My sister Oona, who passed away in 2002, perfered Happy Birthday To You, and my dad always read it to her. My personal favorite would have to be Green Eggs and Ham. Below is an animated version of Green Eggs and Ham. I love thes older cartoon versions of his work. Thanks for all the memories Doc... I hope my son will read your books to his kids, and so on forever and ever. Happy B-Day in heaven.

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose."  ---- Dr. Seuss, Oh The Places You Will Go

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