“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So . . . get on your way!” This is the final line of the final book that Ted Geisel (pen name -Dr. Seuss) wrote.
March 2nd is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. He was not a real doctor, but he still made significant contributions to our lives. Always a doodler, in college he was noticed by a fellow student. She suggested that he give up his idea of becoming a professor and become an artist. That student, Helen, would one day become his wife. His artistic career started in advertising for Standard Oil Company. He later gained some notoriety for putting his artistic skills to work during the war effort by making films and animated shorts to train soldiers for World War II.
In the 60’s Geisel was inspired by a book based on a report called Why Johnny Can’t Read. The report’s basic premise was that elementary reading books were boring to children. His first children’s book The Cat in the Hat was commissioned by two publishing companies to serve as a beginning reader. Ted Seuss Geisel spent 53 years writing and illustrating instructive children’s books that delighted and educated children and their parents. Many of his best works carried important messages of social importance.
He died in 1991. Shortly before his death, when Ted was asked if there was anything left unsaid, he pondered the question and finally responded: “The best slogan I can think of to leave with the U.S.A. would be: ‘We can . . . and we’ve got to . . . do better than this.”
At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, we are inspired by the life and works of Dr. Seuss and encourage you to pick up a Dr. Seuss book for a little inspiration to apply to your life this Saturday, March 2nd.
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