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Close to the Source: Top Three Favorite Seuss Books

Posted by on February 3, 2014.

“I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
– Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss is a legend. His books should be part of everybody’s childhood. Everyone knows about the Grinch, the star-bellied Sneetches, and the Lorax.

Dr. Seuss’s whimsical tales entranced me when I was a kid. The beautiful illustrations and rhyming scheme were addictive, but it’s not just the appearance of the books that makes them appealing. The whimsical storylines address heavy-hitting topics like racism, love, and doubt.

Dr. Seuss is such an important figure in children’s literature that I wouldn’t just say that it’s recommended to integrate them into your child’s library, but necessary. Undoubtedly your kids have read one or more of his books, but I think it’s important to have him become a staple in your kids’ lives. I want to recommend a few of my favorite Seuss books, so here we go!

 

1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

 Oh, The Places You'll Go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

What a classic! This book is inspirational in the most whimsical way. When I was younger I would read this book whenever I was feeling down. Between you and me, I just read it during my midterms–just for a little extra pep. This book makes kids understand that they have the ability to do anything they want, something that is really important for them to understand. Give this to a child starting first grade, going into high school, or even college! The motivation you feel after reading this is so sweet and innocent, and will most definitely put you in a great mood.

 

2. Sneetches on Beaches

Sneetches

“But McBean was quite wrong. I’m quite happy to say.
That the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day.
The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches.
And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.
That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars and whether
They had one, or not, upon thars.”

To a child, this book is about creatures called Sneetches who simply do not like each other because of a star on their bellies. In the end, they all get along, not caring about who has a star and who doesn’t. As children read this story they may not realize that they’re learning to not judge based on appearance. Adults know that this book is obviously a connection to racism here in the real world, though a kid may not automatically make that connection. Racism is a tough topic to address with kids. Talking about this book helps them start to understand something that might right now be too abstract and difficult to understand.

 

3. Horton Hears A Who

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

This book is undoubtedly my favorite. I would read this book almost every day when I was a youngster. How can someone not love an endearing tale about an adorable elephant, keeping his fragile friends safe from pestering monkeys and “Bad Vlad”? Charming, sweet, and a great tale about friendship and courage. What more can you ask for?

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