Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

March 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat

It’s Theodore Geisel’s 108th birthday today, which is hard to believe given how enduring the Dr. Seuss “oeuvre” has proved itself to be.

The classic books from Cat in the Hat to Go Dog Go are the first loved, chewed on book for many one year olds, the “read it to me again, Mom” for the ten-thousandth time for many three year olds, and the first complete book proudly sounded out by many five year olds. 

These books with their signature rhyming patter also encourage kids to begin writing their own stories.   Dr. Seuss teaches us that all you really need to start writing a stoy is a couple of words that rhyme, or alliterate, or just sound funny together.

Here are a couple of story ideas to get your kids started writing their own stories:

Sit, Cat, Sit  (in the time-honored tradition of ripping off existing books)

My mom met a mummy (you can’t go wrong with alliteration)

There’s junk in my trunk (the kids won;’t appreciate the double entendre, but you will!

And here is an idea from our Inspiration Station that is more open-ended:

What questions would you ask a fairy that causes a lot of trouble?

Happy scribbling!

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