March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy birthday today to Theodore Geisel, who we all know better as Dr. Seuss.

Okay technically speaking he's dead, so maybe Hey Dead Guy, Best Wishes on the Anniversary of Your Birthday is a better and more appropriate greeting?

I love Dr Seuss: clever, artistic, environmental, optimistic, inspiring, and hey he rhymes too!

Theodore Seuss Geisel, commonly known by his pen name Dr. Seuss, was born March 2, 1904. He published 44 children's books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of trisyllabic meter.

His most celebrated books include Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hears a Who! and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

To honour the good doctor, here are some favourite Seussian quotes....

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

I meant what I said and I said what I meant.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.

From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere!

My favourite is Seuss book is The Lorax, which chronicles the plight of the environment through the character of the Lorax, who speaks -- in rhyme, of course -- for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. Logging companies must hate this book. There is a 3D animated movie version due next year, with voices by Danny Devito, Zac Efron, and Betty White.

I love Seuss so much, I even wanted to see the hated Seussical The Musical. Even when Rosie O'Donnell starred in it. But I didn't. Maybe there will be a revival. Or maybe not...


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