My kids love, love, love Dr. Seuss books! We started them out young with a book my friend, Denise, gave us that her girls loved – the small board book version of “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket.” It’s a very special book to me because it was gifted down from her girls, it was the book that their mom read to them over and over again. I love the rubbed edges that it came with and could get rather edgy if the boys tried putting it in their mouths or peeling the edges 🙂 I started reading that to Matthew when he was a few months old and then added “Fox in Socks,” “Oh the Thinks you Can Think,” and “The Foot Book,” – all in tiny, condensed board book versions.
When you finally acquire yourself a baby (I know not everyone births their own babies!), you get lots of books as gifts and I would say that 15% of them or more are Dr. Seuss books. We have lots of them, but they can be tricky, and long, to read at the end of the day. Matthew loves “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and asks for that year-round. Both of the boys love “Green Eggs and Ham” and I wish I’d kept the second copy we received of that so we could have one in each room. We have bought Matthew some Seuss-style books that on the cover, look like they were written by the good Dr. but a closer glance makes it obvious that they’re not. There are some good ones of those, though, and he loves the Dinosaur one (I can’t remember the title).
On my way to my painting class tonight, I had to stop at Target to buy staples. What an odd thing to need from Target. I can’t just go into Target and buy the one thing on my list, so I picked up some paints for the boys and on my way to check out, there was an end-cap at the checkout lanes with heaps of Dr. Seuss books for $5.00 each! This was a sign! Why? Because I was on my way to paint… THE CAT IN THE HAT! I about cried when I saw the full versions of “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket,” and “Oh the Thinks You Can Think.” Bryson recites parts of both of those books and it just melts my heart, and being perfectly honest, “Oh the Thinks You Can Think,” has always made me emotional* because of its really, really, REALLY great message (if you use your imagination, you’ll never be lonely). I picked up two bigger-boy books for Matthew (“There’s No Place Like Space,” because that boy is obsessed with outer space, and “Seuss-isms”) and the two that made my heart skip a beat. I’m super excited to read them to each of the boys tomorrow night!
Tonight’s painting was “Cat in the Hat,” and I signed up for it probably 5 minutes after Marcy (the teacher/artist) posted it on her site. I am not 100% sure where this guy is going to go, and I fear there may be a little battle over who gets him in their room, but I’m thrilled to have him home and ready to frame. Matthew was up when I came home so I showed it to him and he gasped with excitement. That’s what I was going for!
* I’m an emotional reader