We finished up our author study with a viewing of Horton Hears a Who.
This is a wonderful movie with a beautiful message. It is about belief in what you can’t see, fidelity to a cause that others think is ridiculous and community service to reach an improbable goal. Dr Seuss shows us that we’re all in this together and that everyone of us is important. Or as Horton puts it “A person is a person, no matter how small.”
We are all a bit sad to see our study of Dr Seuss come to an end but we have learned so much about this brilliant, creative man and have a new appreciation of just how much he has influenced generations of readers.
Here are some snippets of what we have learned:
- His real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel and he wasn’t really a doctor!
- He was born in 1904 and grew up in a city called Springfield in the United States.
- His most famous book is the Cat in the Hat.
- Before he was a writer he drew cartoons for magazines.
- His first book was an ABC book that was never published.
- His books are funny and his stories usually rhyme.
- His books are full of strange animals and places.
- Some of his books have been made into films.
- Dr Seuss died in 1991.
Yes, we have learned many things about Dr Seuss but we have also learned from him. We now know that many of Dr Seuss’s books have an important message. He often makes readers think about how to do the right thing. In Yertle the Turtle we learnt how important it is to stand up for ourselves and not be bullied into something that we don’t want to do. In The Sneetches we learnt that we are all the same and that we can all live together in peace and harmony regardless of our external differences. In Oh, the Places You’ll Go we learn about the importance of seizing new opportunities, keeping an open mind and trying new things.
So thank you Dr Seuss, you have inspired us all to be better people and have reminded us why reading is so important – “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”