Another Dr. Seuss Book

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.”
Dr. Seuss

Dr Seuss New Book

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.

Shine On

Right and Wrong

“All mine!” Yertle cried. “Oh, the things I now rule!
I’m the king of a cow! And I’m the king of a mule!
I’m the king of a house! And, what’s more, beyond that
I’m the king of a blueberry bush and a cat!
I’m Yertle the Turtle! Oh, marvelous me!
For I am the ruler of all that I see!”
Yertle the Turtle

Yertle the Turtle

If you follow my blog, you know I’m a fan of Dr. Seuss. His stories are fun to read, but also teach morality.

Recently I read a thesis on Dr. Seuss written by a young woman. She wrote about how Dr. Seuss stories always have a political theme and because of this, his stories are not suitable to read to young children. She believes that young children are not smart enough to understand these political themes.

This young college student obviously does not have children. Unfortunately, because I don’t know how to contact this woman, I am unable to tell her how wrong she is.

When my son was very young I would read to him Yertle the Turtle, his favorite bedtime story. Before he could walk, he would crawl over to his bookcase in his room and drag this large green book to me. With little talking he could do, he would ask me to read this story. Up until he was five or six years of age, I must have read this book to my son well over 1,000 times.

Mack Yertle the Turtle

Mack burping

“I don’t like to complain,
But down here below,
We are feeling great pain.
I know, up on top
You are seeing great sights,
But down at the bottom
We, too, should have rights.”
Mack from Yertle the Turtle

Yertle the Turtle made such an impact on my son, that I believe his values, his political beliefs and his compassion for the difference between right and wrong are due to this simple story, Yertle the Turtle.

If you are a young parent, and you wish to teach your child about standing up for their self, about compassion for every living thing, bullying, and yes a little about politics and power, then you should be reading this book to your child every day.

Yertle the Turtle and all of Dr. Seuss books are not just entertaining to read out loud, but they are a great way to teach our children the difference between right and wrong.

Shine On

Looking Back

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
Dr. Seuss

Looking Back

Standing at the stern watching Catalina sail away.

The boat ride from Catalina to the mainland was quick. Getting back into the swing of things, well that didn’t take long either.

But, driving around today taking care of all my errands, I’m reminded how courteous and friendly everyone on Catalina is: It’s such a contrast to the Angeleno lifestyle.

So, I’m already planning my next return trip to captivating Catalina. Hopefully, my husband will be able to join me, and am looking forward instead of looking back.

Shine On

Children Smashing Puddles

“I’m singing in the rain,
just singing in the rain;
What a wonderful feeling,
I’m happy again.”
Arthur Freed

Children Smashing Puddles

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.

Shine On