Oh, Dr. Seuss, may I gush praise bombastical? For your stories are magical, creative, fantastical. You’re a master of words that are funny and silly– some decidedly fake like that Milli Vanilli. Your characters are wise with the plans they devise, and they grow from life lessons right in front of our eyes. Oh, Dr. Seuss, your work’s such a prize, I think everyone could use a little you in their lives!
The paragraph I wrote above pales in comparison to the skills of the great Theodor Seuss Geisel–aka Dr. Seuss. However, it serves its purpose as an intro to an adored writer of children’s books even adults gladly admit to loving. I remember eagerly opening his books as a child, the enticing titles catching my instant attention. My eyes widened and darted about in an effort to soak up all the colorful pictures and delightful rhyming words. In one sitting, I could come away from a Dr. Seuss visit with a deeper imagination and a little life lesson too. What more could you ask for from a kid’s book?
Why children of all ages love Dr. Seuss
- Whimsical, fantastical worlds. Only someone who is young at heart and posses a childlike sense of awe and excitement could create such vibrant characters and places.
- Wordplay. He uses tasty, juicy words and phrases…and then somehow rhymes them. And a great deal of his words are completely made up. Wouldn’t you love for it to be socially acceptable to create your own words whenever you wanted? I know I would!
- Valuable messages. His stories and characters may be figments of the imagination, but we can apply his messages to a very real world.
- Pure joy. I’m sure he had a great time writing those books. He put a lot of love and joy into his work, and as a result, got just as much love and joy back from his readers.
I hope our appreciation for Dr. Seuss books doesn’t fall by the wayside on our journey through adulthood. Being an “adult” doesn’t mean putting a lid on imagination and scoffing at all things unserious. We should have time to be silly and play, and practice looking at things from a child’s point of view. Schedule it in if you must! Making these actions a habit will result in us becoming more well-rounded, happier (may I even say more evolved?) adults. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some funsillyrific adult responsibilities to cross off my to-do list!
What do you think? Do you agree with me, or do you think I’m writing this post from a padded room?