17 November 2011

Best of BFWP: The A book, a quote! Tell us, please do! Which is the Best of the Best Seuss for You? Challenge

On Sunday we shared some exciting news in the world of children's books... new Dr. Seuss. The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, according to publisher Random House, holds seven stories including:
The Bippolo Seed "in which a scheming feline leads an innocent duck to make a bad decision" and The Strange Shirt Spot "the inspiration for the bathtub-ring scene in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back." 
We have several Dr. Seuss books and somehow we never, ever tire of reading them and cannot wait for the new one, just over 120 days until it is released (September 2011).
For a little fun The Big 
Sister invites you to say 
this passage from Fox in 
Socks 3 times fast:
"Through three cheese trees
three free fleas flew.
While these fleas flew,

freezy breeze blew.
Freezy breeze made
these three trees freeze.
Freezy trees made
these trees' cheese freeze.
That's what made these
three free fleas sneeze."

Our challenge this week is to think about Dr. Seuss and share your thoughts, here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Which is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
  • What do you know about Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss? We've been wondering about the story behind his nom de plume, does anyone know how he came up with Dr. Seuss? 
  • April is National Poetry Month, try your hand at a little iambic pentameter -one of the wonderful poetry rhythms Dr. Seuss used. We found great lessons from Smithsonian in Your Classroom, titled The Music in Poetry, click here for a PDF of the issue.
  • Share a favorite book passage or Dr.Seuss quote.
  • Tell us a Seuss-y story --perhaps a book that your read over and over and over!

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Now, without further ado
please take 


  1. Anonymous8:38 AM

    All the little sister has to say is:

    "Would you eat them in a box? Would you eat them with a fox?"

    Her favorite Dr. Seuss is Green Eggs and Ham!

  2. Norma GC9:53 AM

    I took it from the site super-childrens-books.

    Dr. Seuss's real name is Theodore Seuss Geisel. Named Theodore after his father, the Seuss came from his mother’s maiden name. Growing up, Theodore was more commonly called Ted.

    So, if Dr. Seuss's true name is Ted Geisel, then how did the name “Dr. Seuss” come about? Well, some could say the beginnings of this famous name first came about while Ted was attending Dartmouth College.

    As punishment for waking up his landlord while throwing a party, the Dean of the college made Ted resign as editor of the Jack O’Lantern, the school’s humor magazine. In order to keep editing, writing & drawing cartoons, Ted Geisel would sign his name as Ted Seuss or sometimes just, Seuss.

    So, we found out where “Seuss” came from. But, what about “Dr.”?

    Ted added the “Dr.” while working for the magazine publication, Judge. Assigned to a regular cartoon feature about animals called “Boids & Beasties”, Ted signed his name Dr. Theophastrus Seuss to sound more professional.

    Soon, Theodore Geisel was signing Dr. Seuss on all his work (saving his real name for the great novel he would write someday).

  3. Norma GC10:08 AM

    The great thing about Dr. Seuss is that the rimes sound terrific in English, but when translated, they are still a lof of fun to read, even when it's not the same than to read it in the original language. My daugther cannot read yet, and she cannot understand English, but she loves the story of Horton Hears a Who! She got captivated by the idea of tiny poeple living in a speck of dust, I thought that maybe the concept of it all was a bit complicated for her age, but I was wrong, she got it very well and loved the end when mother kangaroo changes her mind and everyone accept that different can exist, a good lesson of tolerance.
    "After all, a person is a person, no matter how small."

  4. I love all Dr. Seuss's books. But my favorite, of course, is The Lorax!

    "He snapped, "I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees
    which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please.
    But I'm also in charge of the Brown Bar-ba-loots
    who played in the shade in their Bar-ba-loot suits
    and happily lived, eating Truffula Fruits"

  5. I feel a weee bit of melancholy each time I pick up a Dr. Seuss book here at home. You see, most of our Seuss collection were given to the Big Sister by my grandmother Eleanor Lydia Luprich Daniels. Most of the grandkids called her "Gramma Whoo Whoo" --because she would hollar "whoooooo, whoooooo" when she needed us.

    Did she know that these books could be read over and over and over and that a parent (or grandparent) would never truely tire of reading Seuss aloud?

    I miss my Gramma fiercely --but my melancholy is soon replaced by bliss as Dr. Seuss brings me to the present:
    child in lap,
    book in hand,
    smiles bloom
    and imaginations soar.

    All because of a BOOK...
    a book!

    I think Gramma knew and Dr. Seuss knew too.

    Thanks Gramma and Dr. Seuss wherever you are. All the books you gave me/us are treasures treasures treasures.

    If heaven is like Whoville
    Whoo Whoo'd fit right in
    She'd sit happily reading
    a book with a grin.

    A book and a grin
    beside Dr. Suess
    she would sit.

    If heaven is like Whoville
    in Whoo Whoo

  6. I'm with Little Sister. My favorite is GREEN EGGS AND HAM (I still haven't mastered italics) "I do not like them Sam I Am!"

    And I have a Seuss-ey story: Before the book was released for sale, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS appeared in LIFE magazine. At the time I was teaching American Literature on television to a number of 11th grade classes in the Detroit Public Schools. I was delighted with the story and decided to use it for the last class before Christmas break. Despite some naysayers: "These are high school juniors! There's no way they'll put up with it!", we put the pictures on camera and I read the story. Everyone who was watching LOVED IT! What a gift is Dr. Seuss!

  7. Another Seuss-ey story :-) The Cat in the Hat (my favorite) was written as a replacement easy reader for the Dick and Jane series that I grew up on? Dick and Jane books had stiff, stereo-typical “unusually clean and courteous children”!

    Houghton Mifflin’s education director invited Seuss to compose a book limited to 225 words (words that every first grader should know). The Cat in the Hat set out to capture a child’s imagination and thereby encourage the desire to read more! (like the Sisters’ desire!) Dr. Seuss was a genius who’s playful creativity did just that! I heard this story originally on NPR which I dearly love; but here’s the web story! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cat_in_the_Hat

  8. There are so many... how do we ever pick one? I read the books my kids read the books, now I get to read them to my grandkids.

    We didn't get the new one yet... christmas is coming!

  9. I used to own an anthology of Dr. Seuss books and other books that were similar that I could read all by myself. My favorite was Green Eggs and Ham or Go Dog Go!

    Congrats about getting into the paper!