Dr. Seuss is famous for his "X"
creations. His ability to appeal to a xenophile (one attracted to foreign
things) and his lessons for those with Xenophobia (fear or maybe even
hatred of strangers or of anything that is foreign to them) are apparent in all
of his creations. However, one of my favorite examples comes from If I
Ran The Zoo:
And when I've caught him,
Then the next thing you know
I'll go and I'll capture
A wild Tick-Tack-Toe, With X's that win And with Zeros that lose. He'll look mighty good In this Zoo of McGrew's.
Todays Seuss-ism comes from My Uncle Terwilliger on the Art of Eating Popovers and deals with recognizing wisdom:
My uncle ordered popovers from the restaurant's bill of fare.
And, when they were served, he regarded them with a penetrating stare.
Then he spoke great words of wisdom as he sat there on that chair:
To eat these things, said my uncle, You must exercise great care.
You may swallow down what's solid, but you must spit out the air!
And as you partake of the world's bill of fare, that's good advice to follow.
Do a lot of spitting out the hot air. And be careful what you swallow.
Todays Seuss-ism comes from Horton Hears a Who and serves to remind us of how important the individual voice is, but also how deafening collective voices can become.
This", cried the Mayor, "is your town's darkest hour! The time for all Whos who have blood that is red To come to the aid of their country!", he said. "We've GOT to make noises in greater amounts! So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!"
This could be a great encouragement to get citizens to vote. Make sure your VOICE is heard!
Dr. Seuss often encouraged us to expect the unexpected. His books by definition could be a lesson in the unexpected - with his own vocabulary and fun catchy phrases, he has unexpectedly delighted children around the world. Todays Seuss-ism comes from Marco Comes Late:
I heard a strange 'peep' and I took a quick look
And you know what I saw with the look that I took?
A bird laid an egg on my 'rithmetic book!