Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

We love Dr. Seuss books around here. Green Eggs and Ham was the first real book (beyond the BOB books) that Adam read. I think that they are perfect for beginning readers, and we love their funny stories. We read Dr. Seuss books ALL of the time. Grace is now obsessed with the show The Cat in the Hat, too, so she's always looking for Dr. Seuss stuff to read.

Beyond reading with my kids, Dr. Seuss holds a special place in my heart. When I graduated from college, Mike gave me, Oh, the Places You'll Go! as a gift. It was really sweet. I love that book, and how it's about life's up and downs. At the time, I particularly loved "The Waiting Place" part of the book:

"..for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or a No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting."

We had just endured a year in "The Waiting Place". A place where Mike applied for hundreds of jobs and interviewed for almost one hundred with no success. We were always waiting for the phone to ring with happy news. A year later that call came.

Anyways, we wanted to commemorate Dr. Seuss' birthday this year with some FUN!

We had a special "Green Eggs and Ham" breakfast.

We had a special Dr. Seuss-inspired lunch (thanks to a fun idea from How Does She...)

Green Eggs & Ham = green hardboiled egg and a ham sandwich
The Yink who likes to drink pink ink = pink lemonade
... and Blue Goo = blueberry yogurt
One Fish, Two Fish = goldfish crackers
Apple = red and white for the Cat in the Hat's hat

And a love note (and explanation of the goodies) on Dr. Seuss paper. I LOVE special lunches! Adam and Grace really enjoy them, too.

We made it over for a special Dr. Seuss storytime at the library. It's an ages 0 to 5 storytime, so it's perfect for both Grace AND Josh. Josh loved the scarves and the rattles. Grace loved the Dr. Seuss stories and the Cat in the Hat coloring page.

Tonight while I made dinner, Mike read them FIVE Dr. Seuss books. Those books are LONG, and one was the tongue-twister book. He was kinda talked-out after that. ;)

We had such a fun day celebrating one of our favorite authors! I had heard before that Dr. Seuss didn't like children, so I researched it, and yeah, he didn't. BUT, he changed reading for kids and made it fun, so I am grateful for his contribution to children and how he's helped many learn and love to read.

Even if he didn't actually like them very much. ;)


Jason and Danielle said...

I love it! What cute ideas for all your littles:> You are oh so creative Allison:>

Jason and Danielle said...

hey can you tell me Adam's blog again. I can't remember and I promised him a comment:>