Williams Elementary School celebrated the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel with a weeklong party that culminated Friday, ahead of Dr. Seuss’ actual birthday March 2.
Each day of last week, students were encouraged to participate in dressing up in a way that connected to a specific Seuss book.
On Tuesday, student clothing was inspired by “Put Me in the Zoo,” and on Thursday, students donned mustaches or dressed in the orange color of “The Lorax.”
The last day cumulated with one of Seuss’ most popular characters, “The Cat in the Hat.”
Some students wore elongated, red and white striped top hats while others painted whiskers on their cheeks. During an assembly, students were treated to a celebrity cameo of the famous feline himself.
A cartoonist and a writer of bestsellers such as “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and “Horton Hears a Who!” Seuss is read by children and adults alike.
According to educators, despite nonsensical words, Seuss’ works can actually help youth to understand language by playing with words. It is this reason that these books have been read for generations and are considered classics.
Perhaps the biggest appeal to children is that they promote imagination. Even Seuss’ art reflected a grasp of childlike curiosity about a world uninhibited.
Because his books are in the hearts of so many people, Geisel’s birthday is widely celebrated in schools across the nation.
In the words of Dr. Seuss, after all, “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” ■