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Happy Birthday Cat in the Hat!

March 2nd, 2007 · 3 Comments

Img_catinthehat_1Indulge me a little here, if you will… for a trip down memory lane.

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".

Catinthehat_1Our 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!


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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve Sherlock // Mar 2, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Karen, it is indeed a happy day for Cat in the Hat and other Seuss classics.

    I try not to think about the fact that I am older than the Cat and reconcile with the fact that spiritually I am still as young as the Cat and want to remain that way!

    Thanks for the trip down the lane!

  • 2 Verna Wilder // Mar 4, 2007 at 3:57 am

    I read these books to my kids and my grandkids. My favorite is Green Eggs and Ham. When I chant the lines, I feel like I ought to be doing a line dance with a bunch of other people, trailing along the streets and gathering more people as we go until we are dancing and chanting over mountains and deserts and through cities and towns. Thanks for this reminder of the joy Dr. Seuss brought into all of our lives.

  • 3 Pete Aldin // Mar 6, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    What a brilliant man, Dr Seuss was. I wonder what he would have thought of Mike Myers’ depiction of the ol’ Cat…?

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