Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Fifty! How Nifty!

Fifty years ago today, one day before his 53rd birthday, writer/cartoonist Theodore Geisel - under his much more famous nom de plume of Dr. Seuss, published "The Cat In The Hat". That book, and the many other works of brilliance from Geisel's wonderfully twisted imagination, were shining gems that did as much for young readers of the past two generations, as the Harry Potter series is now doing for the (slightly older) young readers of today.

I absolutely lived and breathed Dr. Seuss when I was a kid. When my youngest decided she was too big for her "baby books", I would not let her get rid of any Seuss, and they now occupy a place of honor on my closet's nostalgia shelf.

I remember reading this particular book to two-year-old Aaron so many times that we both knew it by heart, cover to cover. I haven't opened it in several years but I could probably still recite most of it from memory. With the generation gap what it is, there aren't too many cultural artifacts that gave me tremendous joy both as a child and as a parent. The Dr. Seuss books are among those few.

Though I loved any of them I could get my hands on, my childhood favorites (I'll keep it to seven) were:
What were your favorites?


At 3/1/07, 3:03 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

This is my favorite. And I owe to it to you from the early days of the internet and e-mail (and usenet.)

I guess my favorite two are Green eggs and ham and Horton hears a hoo.

At 3/1/07, 4:09 PM, Anonymous Subway Sally said...

My favorite is "The Lorax." After I finished reading that to our son for the first time, the poor kid burst into tears and cried for something like 10 minutes. That was the first time in his life that he'd ever encountered a book with a sad ending.

At 3/1/07, 4:41 PM, Blogger torontopearl said...

I'm not even familiar with all the titles you listed. When I was young and had my first Dr. Seuss books, they disturbed me...because of the garish-looking artwork. I didn't seem to like them then...I don't like them as an adult, either. I only liked reading them to my kids because I liked to read them vert quickly and tried to read them using one L O N G, extended breath...if possible.

At 3/1/07, 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Horton Hatches The Egg is my favorite. I also love You're Only Old Once, also not so well known.

At 3/1/07, 6:58 PM, Blogger SaraK said...

One Fish Two Fish was my favorite.

At 3/1/07, 8:33 PM, Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Green Eggs and Ham, you should ask my daughter what her favorite is;)

At 3/2/07, 1:35 PM, Blogger trn said...

My sentimental favorite is Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.

The Cat in the Hat is available these days in Yiddish!

At 3/2/07, 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Please grab anti-Olmert's Purim buttons from

The buttons are free and could be hotlinked. Let's make some fun of Olmert!


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