The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss turns 50! Originally written in 1957, we’re celebrating it today because today is the birthday of Dr Seuss – born on March 2nd 1904… (he died on September 25th 1991).
I grew up reading The Cat in the Hat, and have read it aloud, at speed, to all of my children… and of course the sequel – The Cat in the Hat Comes Back…
and all those other wonderful rhyming books… my favourite was always The Sleep Book, but my kids all liked "To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street" and "Daisy-Head Mayzie".
Our books are
slightly falling apart, being the original versions I read when a child (and yes, it looks like this, without the red & white stripe border), but somehow this makes them even more precious – not less…
When was the last time you read Dr Seuss? These gems have lost none of their lustre 50 years on… especially when read out loud with rhythm and purpose… like you really mean it.
[Of course, if you think you're too old to read Cat in the Hat - how about trying on Oh! The Places You'll Go - guaranteed good for the adult who is leaping into something new and slightly scary, or setting off on a grand adventure, or just because! Look out for a review of this brilliant book in this month's Love Affair With Books... Dave Rothacker will post his review of it on March 22nd...]
Ready Now??… with Gusto!
The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold, wet day…
Happy Birthday Cat!