Gail Rhatigan’s preschool class at Timber Point Elementary spent last week celebrating the 108th birthday of beloved author Theodor Geisel, better known under his pen name, Dr. Seuss.
Born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Mass, Geisel first worked in advertising illustration and political cartooning before finding his popular niche as a writer for the young. During his long career, Seuss published 46 children's books including such whimsical favorites as “The Cat in the Hat,” “Horton Hatches the Egg,” “Yertle the Turtle,” “Green Eggs and Ham” and “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,” as well as the “The Lorax,” the source material for the current 2012 hit film. His books have been translated into over 15 languages and have sold over 222 million copies. The National Education Association adopted the author’s birthday as the official date of the annual National Read Across America Day initiative.
“I love Dr. Seuss!” Rhatigan said. “We spent the week reading as many Dr. Seuss books as we could fit in, as they tend to be a little long. The children had a lot of fun and enjoyed all the stories.”
The festivities at Timber Point culminated in a birthday party on March 2, with Rhatigan dressed as famous Seuss character the Cat in the Hat while two of her afternoon students were costumed as the Cat’s sidekicks Thing 1 and Thing 2. “We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ before eating white iced cupcakes with red stripes,” she said.
Rhatigan and her preschoolers also created a Cat In the Hat project for the hallway bulletin board, watched the “Cat in the Hat” video, and decorated the classroom with red and white streamers for the party.