“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.”
There was a new book released the other day. It was written over fifty years ago by a famous author. The author is one of my all time favorites. All his stories are always entertaining while teaching us a lesson.
I believe this book will long out sell Harper Lee’s new book, but obviously won’t get all the attention until it hits the best seller list.
The book was discovered by the authors wife in 2013. She found the book in a drawer in its original form. The title read The Pet Shop and had 16 black-and-white illustrations, with text that he typed on plain white paper then cut and taped the text to the drawings. The pages were stained and yellowed from over fifty years sitting in one of his desk drawers.
His widow knew what she had found. She recognized her husbands unmistakable lively rhymes. The Dr. Seuss book was turned over to a Ms. Goldsmith, vice president and associate publishing director for Random House/Golden Books Young Readers. Mrs. Seuss hired Goldsmith to take the rough manuscript and turn it into a new Dr. Seuss book.
The book took over two years to finish and was published and released this week. Like all of Dr. Seuss’ books this new book What Pet Should I Get? has a theme. The theme is about making choices. Why Dr. Seuss chose not to publish this book, we will never know.
It is believed that Dr. Seuss wrote the book around the same time as One Fish Two Fish, because the children in both books are identical. His wife stated that he was juggling multiple projects at that time and he may have set it aside for later publishing. Or it even might have been the jumping-off point for One Fish Two Fish.
For whatever reason he set the book aside, I’m grateful he liked the book enough not to trash it and keep it from his fans. I can’t believe our good fortune to have another Dr. Seuss book.
“I’m singing in the rain,
just singing in the rain;
What a wonderful feeling,
I’m happy again.” Arthur Freed
Rain is rare in California
The sky is rarely cloudy
Why is rain so rare in California?
Because of Climate Warming
Before the rain begins to pour
The cumulus clouds appear
Like floating pieces of cotton
Or like rounded white towers of fear
The day after rain is a beautiful sight
The mountains and hills
Are filled with tall green grass
And scattered with small orange poppies
But, the most spectacular sight
I love to see after all the rain
Are all the little children
Smashing little puddles from the rain
By: J R
P.S. Today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. He would have been 111 years old. I dedicate this poem to my hero, Dr. Seuss.
For the last eighteen years, Dr. Seuss’s birthday has been celebrated with the annual “Read Across America Day”, an event sponsored by the National Education Association in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Millions of students participate in one of the nation’s largest reading observance.
Thanks to Dr Seuss, millions of children around the world learned to read and love to write. You can count me as one of his faithful followers even to this day.