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Thursday, February 21, 2013

You are You, that is Truer than True

Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel, pen name Dr. Seuss, was born March 2, 1904. He was an American poet, writer, cartoonist, but most widely known for his children's books.

Initiated by the National Education Association, Seuss' birthday, March 2nd, has been designated as the date for National Read Across America Day.

Countless story hours and bedtimes are fondly remembered by children and adults alike with the sing song lines from Seuss' classic books.
Below is a collection of these 13 titles compiled into one volume. They include:

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Horton Hears a Who!, McElligot's Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, Happy Birthday to You! Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book, Yertle the Turtle, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, The Sneetches, and Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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 The one day of the year each of us sets aside to call our very own, is our birthday. A quote by Seuss says, "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."
Each of us should put that phrase to memory and recite it at the beginning of every new day. A reminder that though we walk out the door, and feel one with the world as we all make it through another day, we are still individuals. Unique individuals born with a distinct personality, temperament, ambitions and abilities.

Let us not become too immersed in the cultural soup pot of society that we become followers of everyone else. The person you are was a gift at birth, your birthright to pursuing your passions and dreams. Have the confidence to be a doer, not a pleaser, and a leader, not a follower.

A person once told me "When in doubt, just go for it. What's the worst that can happen? You fail? So what, check it off and try something else. Someday you'll look back and laugh." That advice certainly is better than torturing yourself with the "what ifs" in life and never knowing what could have been.

If you're looking for craft ideas as to how to celebrate Dr. Seuss day, here is an excellent tutorial by The Tip Junkie.  Forty-four fun ideas involving games, food, crafts and the love of books.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss Tutorial

Happy Birthday Dr. Seus!