Category Archives: Dr. Seuss

The Little Texas Senator that Could

What should we make of Ted Cruz’s use, in his quasi filibuster, of “Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Little Engine that Could”?

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Rise Up, Plain Bellied Sneetches!

Dr. Seuss’s story of the sneetches captures America’s melting pot story.

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Dr. Seuss: “We Can Do Better Than This”

Ten years ago the fabled children’s author Dr. Seuss, on his death bed, said, “We can do better than this.”  As we launch into 2011, let this be our challenge.  And may we do so with Dr. Seuss’s special mixture of comedy and earnestness, which is captured in this poem by my father. If you […]

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Sendak and Dr. Seuss to the Rescue

In my last entry I mentioned the key role that books can play in the lives of children. I’d like to follow that up here, officially adding the category of “children’s classics” to the “great literature” to which this website is devoted.There is artistry to many of the children’s stories that we remember fondly. When […]

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What Personal Reading Histories Tell Us

I can’t recommend enough the value of writing your reading history. It will reveal to you sides of yourself you didn’t know you had.

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