The Cat in the Hat Turns 50

Did you know March 2 is National Read Aloud Day? Well, it is.

It is also the birthday of Dr Seuss the author of beloved children’s books like Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.

What a better time to collect all your Dr Seuss books and spend the afternoon reading them again. Become reacquainted with Mulberry Street, Dick and Sally, The Whos Down in Whoville, the Truffula Trees, and Horton the elephant.

Send the Cat in the Hat a birthday card for his 50th birthday. Radom House will donate a dollar to Project 236 for each card received. Project 236 provides books to impoverished children throughout the country.

According to the Project 236 website, for children living in poverty there is an average of one book for every 300 children. One book for every 300 children. Let that statistic sink in for a few minutes. I can’t even conceive of a life without books. Without being surrounded by books. They were the way I escaped as a child. They enabled me to imagine a different life. They gave me hope. The written word is powerful. I can’t imagine what it would have been like not to have access to books.

To quote Dr Seuss:

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
–The Lorax

So if you feel like I do, and I suspect you do, go and send a card.

Equally as surprising to me was the statistic that in middle classs neighborhoods there is an average of 13 books per child. Thirteen? Is that all? It makes me want to go and cut everyone’s cable television wires. And then stomp on their nintendo game systems.

But I won’t. Instead I will continue to buy books as presents whenever possible.

And what sort of holiday would it be without a fun food to go along with it?

Does coloring your eggs and ham green sound as completely unappetizing to you as it does to me? What about pretend green eggs and ham?

greeneggs

I found this recipe at Family Fun.

While I have no desire to make a fake green ham cake this weekend, maybe you do. But the eggs? I am all over those. They are simply mint ice cream sitting on a large dollop of whipped cream. Easy to do and fun for the children.

Happy Reading.

10 Responses to “The Cat in the Hat Turns 50”

  1. The Lazy Organizer Says:

    Those eggs are adorable!

    I’ve got a 24 month old and “I Sam” is her favorite. She doesn’t care which Seuss book it is, they are all, “I Sam” and I never get tired of reading them to her. Yay for Dr. Seuss! Yay for books!!!

  2. Liz in Australia Says:

    Those book statistics are staggering. We have probably 2000 books in our house. Of those, probably 500 are children’s books. We would no more let a day go by without reading than we would forget to eat…

  3. Brigitte Says:

    I find the stats for the middle class neighborhoods particularly shocking, because at that income level you can get plenty of books for dirt cheap at book sales. We were lower-middle when I was growing up, but mom never denied us books, plus toted us to the library on a regular basis.

  4. Wendy Says:

    At the time of my 2nd pregnancy, my daughter’s favorite book was Green Eggs and Ham. We asked her what name she would pick for the baby boy we were going to have. She said Sam and we said, “Great”.

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    I grew up lower-middle, too - we cut a lot of corners, but my father would always buy us books. We thought we had found an amazing loophole as we really didn’t have toys. Really, we didn’t. I had a stuffed dog and a Barbie and then lots of things I had made. When I found out how to make salt dough I tried making and baking a whole family and doll house set. If you don’t mind your Mommy and Daddy literally breaking up it works!

  6. Susanne Says:

    Am shocked by the statistics too. I just gave away 16 books my son has grown out of. When I grew up I was surrounded by shelves of adult books but children’s books were sparse. My mother despised reading to us. Learning to read and getting my library card was like coming from the desert to an oasis.

  7. Celine Says:

    ooh! I’m making green eggs ‘n’ ham for St. Patrick’s day. It’s bound to go over better than the green mac-n-cheese I made last year, LOL.

  8. Jerri Ann Says:

    National Christian DJ’s Rick and Bubba, based out of Birmingham get inviations from 100’s of schools to read during National Read book. They can’t do that obviously so they read Green Eggs and Ham on the radio on Friday morning and advertise it a lot. Many schools actually tune in for it, I think it is cool!

  9. » You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch Says:

    [...] Did you know you can help support literacy in this country by sending the Cat in the Hat a birthday card? For every card Dr. Seuss’s cool cat receives between now and May 7, Random House will donate one dollar to Project 236, which provides books to impoverished children. Hat tip to In the Trenches of Motherhood. [...]

  10. Jes Says:

    That’s one great gift idea. I always like giving gifts that people gave to me that I really loved, and books is great. I had a question, that I don’ tknow where to ask, but how do you cope with outside activities? Are your kids involved with soccar, or ballet.. etc.., if so, how do you juggle with 6 kids at home and one going to ballet? I like involving all my kids at the same time, which is why I don’t have any outside activities yet (they’re all pretty young still — 4 kids under 6), but I’m itching to have my son in soccar, but my second son is Autistic, and so it would mean only one of my kids in a outside activity. I hope this makes sense!! Thanks for answering.