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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS!

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield Maassachusetts. During his long career, he wrote more than 40 children's books, which have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. Although he was told by a high-school art teacher that he would never be an artist, Seuss illustrated many of his books. Seuss died in September 1991, at the age of 87. Join us in celebrating the birthday of this special man who has made so many children smile with some fun activities, games and links!


GREEN EGGS AND HAM

No celebration for Dr. Seuss would be complete without reading his famous story about Sam I am and the fellow who declares that he does not like green eggs and ham- until trying them. Prepare a special birthday breakfast in honor of Seuss. Serve scrambled eggs tinted with green food coloring, ham slices and muffins with birthday candles! Read your favorite Seuss books while eating breakfast!


"THE GRINCH" QUIZ (answers at bottom)

-What is the dogs name :
-Where does the Grinch live?
-What is the main reason the Grinch hates Christmas?
-Where do the Who's live?
-What materials did the Grinch use to make his coat & hat?
-How many times does the Grinch get stuck in the chimney?
-How long was the Grinch stuck?
-Why did the Grich think he could go down the chimney?
-The Who Children will dance with what tied to their heels on Christmas day?
-Who was the only Who who saw the grinch on Christmas Eve?
-How much do the Who's like Christmas?
-While raiding the refrigerator, the Grinch took the last can of what? :
-What did the dog do before the Grinch tied him to the front of the sleigh?
-What did the Grinch use to fasten the horn on the dog's head?
-Where did the Grinch stop first?
-How did the Grinch get the idea to dress up as Santa?
-Where did the Grinch tell the Who he was taking the Christmas tree?
-What did the Grinch leave on the walls?
-What was the last thing the Grinch took?
-After eating their Christmas meal, what do the Who's do that the Grinch hates?
-What is the name of the Mount that the Grinch took the Who's Christmas, and how high was it?
-What did the Grinch do at the Who's Christmas feast?


BARTHOLOMEW AND THE OOBLECK

Bartholomew Cubbins appears in this story about the king of Didd, who is tired of having the same old things fall from the sky. He wants something new to fall, and, unfortunately, he gets his wish with a shower of oobleck! Read the story, and then prepare a batch of this magic oobleck:

Mix 2 cups cornstarch, 1 cup water, and green food coloring. Put the "oobleck" on a sheet of wax paper so that you can manipulate it. Discuss this strange form of matter. Is it liquid? Or solid? How would it feel if this fell from the sky?


I WISH THAT I HAD DUCK FEET

The boy in this story wishes for an assortment of animal body parts, including duck feet, an elephant trunk, and a whale spout. What would you like to have? Brainstorm a list of specific animal parts such as rhino horns, a kangaroo pouch, rabbit ears, etc. Draw a picture of yourself with these parts!


OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!

Many adults appreciate this Dr. Seuss book for its on-target analysis of life. But children also appreciate its hopeful and realistic messages. After reading the book, write or draw about where you think life will take you.


RECOMMENDED DR. SEUSS BOOKS:

The Cat in the Hat
The Foot Book
Great Day for Up
Green Eggs and Ham
Hop on Pop
Horton hears a Who


TO DR. SEUSS

Theodore Geissel, friend of my youth
provider of wisdom, laughter and truth

Yertle the Turtle, the Cat in the Hat
The Grinch and the Lorax and creatures like that

all taught me lessons I'll never forget
and I thank the good doc I ain't forgotten them yet

Strangely named felines and odd colored fishes
If I ran the circus and other fun wishes

they led me to wonder about what I would be
when I got much older like a hundred and three

Would I ever like Green Eggs and Ham
Would I ever dislike that Sam I Am?

I found that the world was a funnier place
And his stories put many a smile on my face

And now I'm grown up and have kids of my own
and I read the good doc when I have them at home

and pass on the lessons I learned at his knee
though I'm not that much older just thirty and three

Copyright 1995 by Larry Blankenship

RECOMMENDED SITES:

Seussville- A wonderful interactive site for kids featuring many of Dr. Seuss' best characters!

In the mood for a word search featuring Seuss trivia? Visit The Seuss Files.

The National Education Asociation's Read Across America takes place on Dr. Seuss' 96th birthday. Visit their site to find out more.

Download a free sample of the CD Dr. Seuss' ABCs at Kids Domain


ANSWERS TO QUIZ

What is the dogs name :
MAX

Where does the Grinch live? :
JUST NORTH OF WHO-VILLE

What is the main reason the Grinch hates Christmas? :
ALL THE NOISE, NOISE, NOISE!

Where do the Who's live? :
WHO-VILLE

What materials did the Grinch use to make his coat & hat? :
RED CURTAIN AND THE STUFFING FROM MAX'S BED

How many times does the Grinch get stuck in the chimney? :
ONLY ONCE

How long was the Grinch stuck? :
ONLY A MINUTE OR TWO

Why did the Grich think he could go down the chimney? :
IF SANTA COULD DO IT.......THEN SO COULD THE GRINCH

The Who Children will dance with what tied to their heels on Christmas day? :
JING-TINGLERS

Who was the only Who who saw the grinch on Christmas Eve? :
LITTLE CINDY LOU-WHO

How much do the Who's like Christmas? :
A LOT!

While raiding the refrigerator, the Grinch took the last can of what? :
WHO-HASH

What did the dog do before the Grinch tied him to the front of the sleigh? :
JUMPED ON THE SLEIGH FOR THE RIDE!

What did the Grinch use to fasten the horn on the dog's head? :
BLACK THREAD

Where did the Grinch stop first? :
AT THE FIRST LITTLE HOUSE ON THE SQUARE

How did the Grinch get the idea to dress up as Santa? :
FROM THE SNOW ON MAX'S FACE

Where did the Grinch tell the Who he was taking the Christmas tree? :
HOME TO HIS WORKSHOP

What did the Grinch leave on the walls? :
HOOKS AND SOME WIRE

What was the last thing the Grinch took? :
THE LOG FOR THEIR FIRE (ALTHOUGH THE MOVIE CLEARLY DEPICTS THE GRINCH TAKING THE CRUMB FROM THE MOUSE LAST!)

After eating their Christmas meal, what do the Who's do that the Grinch hates?:
SING

What is the name of the Mount that the Grinch took the Who's Christmas, and how high was it? :
MOUNT CRUMPIT - 10,000 FEET UP

What did the Grinch do at the Who's Christmas feast? :
CARVED THE ROAST BEAST




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