Monday, March 2, 2009
Dr. Seuss was born on this day in 1904. He was a pretty much rockin' kind of guy. When he was a political cartoonist he called attention to the beginning of the Holocaust and spoke out against discrimination against Jews and African Americans.
Most importantly (in my opinion) introduced poetry to kids...I had to look up his poetic style, and apparently he wrote mostly in anapestic tetrameter which was a meter used by many English literaries. Anyone who encourages children to read is a hero in my book. He also considered himself "subversive as hell" because he would include subtle themes like environmentalism, anti-consumerism/materialism and racial equality in his books and what themes are more important for children to learn than these, in this day and age?
Here are some awesome Dr. Seuss quotes by which to remember him:
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.”
"Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.”
“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.”
"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
Even though many are out of children's books, it's amazing how many are still applicable in adult life.
I also love Google's shout-out to him today: