Dr Seuss – Making Reading fun

If you have ever stepped foot into a daycare for more than 5 minutes, chances are you have seen someone, somewhere reading a Dr. Seuss book.

Whether it be a teacher reading to a child, or a child describing pictures to a teacher, Dr. Seuss is everywhere, and is loved by people of all ages. And whether it’s the whimsical pictures that capture your attention, the catchy rhymes that stick in your head, or the memories that are created through time spent with your children, it’s hard to deny the magic that is Dr. Seuss. But who exactly was Dr. Seuss and exactly how much of an impact has he had around the world? Let’s delve deeper into his world.

Who was Dr. Seuss?

Here’s a fun fact that you probably didn’t know – most of us aren’t pronouncing his name properly. Contrary to VERY popular belief, Dr. Seuss is not pronounced “Soose”, it’s pronounced “Zoice”. After years of mispronunciation, his new name stuck. And if you said Dr. “Zoice” today, you’d probably get some funny looks. But a good friend of his, Alexander Liang, wrote a short poem to help us remember:

“You’re wrong as the deuce

And you shouldn’t rejoice

If you’re calling him Seuss.

He pronounces it Soice (or Zoice).”

So who was Dr. Zoice?

Born in 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel was a writer of popular children’s books. Up until his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss published over 60 books, with his best sellers being the Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Before becoming the popular cartoonist that we know him as today, Dr. Seuss graduated from Dartmouth College and went on to do Post Graduate Studies at Lincoln College. He began his career working for a variety of publications (like Life and Vanity Fair) as an illustrator and humorist. Eventually, he started to write children’s books, but was rejected by dozens of publishers before he finally published his first book, And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street. He had also published a few adult novels, but after they failed to take off, he decided to stick with children’s stories – and thank goodness for us he did!

Where does Dr. Seuss fit into the daycare world?

To this day, most adults can recite at least a line or two from a Dr. Seuss book without even having to open the pages. This is because, as children, he left an imprint on our lives. Yes, there are a lot of great chilren’s books out there, but few are as fun to read for children as Dr. Seuss. For children, he makes reading fun. For adults, he shows the world that easy reading books don’t have to be boring and sterile. Rather, children can enjoy learning to read, and parents can enjoy teaching them, creating everlasting memories as they do so.

Not only does Dr. Seuss make reading fun, but he also encourages children (and adults) to see the world from a different perspective. Whether it be looking at the world upside down, or from the top of a tree, Dr. Seuss encourages people of all ages to think outside of the box, and to stop looking at the world inside of their own little bubble. Through the use of his non-sensical reality, Dr. Seuss brings happiness and joy to families all over the world, and we continue to honor his legacy long after he is gone.

In his honor, here are some fun facts about Dr. Seuss from our daycare to your home:

  • Many of Dr. Seuss’ ideas started with a doodle
  • Green Eggs and Ham was created when his friend bet him that he couldn’t create a book using 50 words or less – Dr. Seuss won.
  • The Wacky Hats in Dr. Seuss’ books are somewhat of a reality – Dr. Seuss actually had many wacky hats himself that he would pull out and wear in times of writers-block
  • His friends called him Ted
  • Seuss was never actually a doctor. He started using the title in college so that people would take him more seriously.
  • The Grinch was originally a flop.
  • Seuss never actually had children of his own, but would create imaginary ones when his friends would ask.

When asked where he gets his inspiration, this was his response,

“I get all my ideas in Switzerland near the Forka Pass. There is a little town called Gletch, and two thousand feet up above Gletch there is a smaller hamlet called Über Gletch. I go there on the fourth of August every summer to get my cuckoo clock fixed. While the cuckoo is in the hospital, I wander around and talk to the people in the streets. They are very strange people, and I get my ideas from them.”