This is very true, especially in my world. I was in kindergarten in Homer, Alaska. Somewhere, I had gotten my hands on a book. A blue book with a long title and crazy illustrations. I was wild to know what the words said, so I learned to read and opened the door to the universe.
That book was Dr. Seuss' first book, To Think I saw it on Mulberry Street. I like to think it not only launched Theodore Geisel's career, but it also launched me. I cannot describe how incredible I find words. They are magical shapes on a paper transporting the reader to places only imagined. (Mercedes Lackey may have said this in one of her novels!) Whether those words are found in technical non fiction, exciting classics, in new books being published, or on the internet, they spark thoughts into igniting souls.
I will be forever in debt to the doctor for helping me discover the gift of words. I'm sure I would have discovered them eventually in some story somewhere. Yet, when Marco is asked by his dad to keep his eyes open and observe the world around him and report what he has seen, not what he thinks he's seen, I could relate to that small boy completely. I often saw stories that weren't real and was reminded this by adults who laughed at my small serious imaginings. The doctor helped me realise it was OK to see things beyond grownups and zebra and to also remember what is real and what is not.
My boys grew up on Green Eggs and Ham, PD Eastman, and later others. It thrilled my heart when the boys reached the ripe old age of 5 and were given their first library cards. Strider knew this was a license to the world and much better than any driver's license!! Bear grew to appreciate classics and Mark Twain. I attribute this back to Dr. Seuss. I need books and words like I need oxygen and was able to pass that craving onto the boys in some way.
So, today, March 2, on this 111th birthday of Dr. Seuss, I just want to say, Thank You.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Seuss