“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss books play with sounds and language. What has made him famous are delightful rhymes that roll off the tongue paired with clever illustrations. Enough said, everyone knows Dr. Seuss. But did you realize that Dr. Seuss is also a pithy philosopher? Many of his books are modern fables that teach as well as entertain and are rather more geared for adults, or as they say “children of all ages”. Some things are just ageless and timeless.
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.” Dr. Seuss
By the way, Dr. Seuss’ real name is Theodore Geisel. I love the story about how he started writing children’s books. His editor at Random House wagered that he wouldn’t be able to write a children’s book with no more than 50 different words. Giesel’s creativity won the bet with ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and 10 years of other books followed, forever changing the landscape of children’s picture books.
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Dr. Seuss
The Lorax (the earth is a global concern and unless we take care of the environment, we are in deep trouble)
Oh, the Places You’ll Go (an encouraging graduation speech which makes a great graduation gift )
Horton Hatches the Egg (it may seem like a silly story about an elephant hatching an egg, but it’s really about faithfulness and how it pays off in the end)
Horton Hear a Who! (no matter how small, all are important and can help to make a difference)
Gertrude Mc Fuzz (who learns to like herself, just as she is)
The Big Brag (about how silly we look when we boast)
The Sneetches (mostly about tribalism, but could lead to an interesting discussion about fashion and how we want to be like others, and how still others make a lot of money from that)
You’re Only Old Once! (A book for seniors about the aches and pains of aging!)