Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Dr. Seuss Day!

It's March 2!
Happy Birthday to You,
Dr. Seuss!!!

So many times I've walked past the large bronze statues of Dr. Seuss & his friends on the grounds of the Springfield Museums in Springfield, MA.  They are a beautiful sight in the middle of this complex of museums.  Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the whimsical world of Horton the Elephant, Thing 1 & Thing 2, along with Sam- I- Am whenever they visit!  The detailed bronze statues were designed by the sculptor Lark Grey Dimond- Cates
(Theodor Seuss Geisel's step- daughter).

Dr. Seuss Sculptures
at the Springfield Museums 

The creator of these childhood favorites, Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born in Springfield, MA on March 2, 1904.  Seuss was his mother's maiden name.  This author wrote so many wonderful stories for children (of all ages) using the name Dr. Seuss!

The inspiration for his stories came from the city where he grew up- Springfield!  Theodor grew up in the Forest Park area of the city.  His dad was the Superintendent of Parks in Springfield.  A zoo was located inside the beautiful city park known to all as Forest Park.  Today many people who live outside the Springfield, MA area also recognize the name, Forest Park.  The Festival of Lights are enjoyed here every winter.

Growing up Theodor often heard the phrase, "If I ran the zoo..."  That phrase was the inspiration for the book, If I Ran the Zoo.  He did not live on Mulberry Street in Springfield, but the street is located not far from the Springfield MuseumsThe Smith Museum opened in 1896 and is a fave of mine.  There are so many more stories about this storyteller from my area.

My fave Dr. Seuss story is Green Eggs and Ham!

What is your fave?  :)


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