Sound familiar? Of course it does! Dr Seuss is well known by us all & that is a wonderful thing!
The magic Seuss has created with words has inspired us, challenged us & made us laugh time & time again.
Messages of hope, self-belief, mischief-making, aspirational instinct & motivation allows us to lose ourselves in the fantasy worlds of Horten, Cat in the Hat, the Sneetches & so many more. Without Seuss, there would be a giant hole in the the literary lexis & imaginative worlds of us all.
Seuss has offered us a world of escapism combined with reminders of the things in life we need - how to be a true friend, an upstander; how to dream of possibilities & how to care for the world around us, along with it’s inhabitants, whatever their size.
And it’s precisely this literary gift that has led Read Across America to revolve around all that is Seuss. March 3rd has Reed celebrating our much beloved Dr & of course I couldn’t let the opportunity pass us by in the library.
I also couldn’t let it pass us in just one week! I know, I know - two weeks of beautiful Seuss-ness? Crazy you might say but how could I resist - there were too many to choose from so I thought I did well, narrowing it down to two weeks!
In our Kindergarten & 1st grade classes, we’ll be firstly taking a look at The Sneetches - a hilarious tale about stars on bellies, bellies without stars & the dratted Mr McBean who takes advantage of them all.
His tale allows us to dive further into a theme we’ve been looking at consistently both in the library & across Reed as a whole: while we may all look different on the outside, we are all the similar on the inside. All people deserve to be treated with respect, kindness & equality - belly star or no belly star!
For our bigger second graders, we’re reading of the delight Horton hearing a “Who”! You can’t ask for a better opportunity to warm the heart & remind us all what it means to be an upstander, to be a friend, to stand up for what we believe in. As Horton looks to protect & care for those who need it, we again have the a wonderful means of building on our social-emotional character strengths. Be sure to visit our blog again next week to see what’s in store for our second Seuss week… you might just be surprised by the places you’ll go!
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