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{Post} The Gift of Dr. Seuss

Posted by Sooz on Sunday, April 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  Dr. Seuss – The Lorax

The book was lovingly inscribed with this quote and signed by the whole family. The very best part was that after they presented it to her, it was read aloud properly by mom, with all children in attendance.  My daughter returned home from a weekend visit with her adored and “adopted” family, the Snyders, with a copy of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss in tow. She shared how she had left this dear family appalled and dismayed on her previous visit because she did not remember ever reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Unbeknownst to her, the Snyders, being avid Seuss supporters, set about to remedy this childhood tragedy.

Now, I am quite certain that we read The Lorax when said girl was growing up, but that is not the point. The point is that there is a family out there who took it upon themselves to reach out and share something that they love, something with a message that matters, something beautiful and dear to them. I was so touched by their gift and even more moved that Mom Snyder read the story aloud to these beautiful girls on behalf of my daughter.  It reminded me of a time when we were invited to dinner with friends and our host read a story to us at the close of the meal. I will never forget how that felt – to be read to as an adult. These are moments in time that matter.

Life is about those moments when we connect; the moments when we share something meaningful with each other. Those moments happen rarely if left to chance, but when we apply a little thought and effort, they can become regular events to be savored. One of our goals at Save Goodness is to give you practical and useful ideas on how to connect with people at a heart level.  We want you to enjoy as many unforgettable moments as possible because they are so very good for your heart.

My daughter’s experience reminded me how full of inspiration the Dr. Seuss books are and what wonderful gifts they can make – regardless of the recipient’s age. In fact, there are any number of children’s books that tender a beautifully inspired message which might be just right for someone who is feeling lonely, frightened, discouraged, or uninspired. Do consider this, if you feel you are too old to gain from or be inspired by a children’s book, then you are too old.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, “Ted” to his friends, became the man that we know as Dr. Seuss. The name Seuss is Bavarian and is properly pronounced Zoice instead of Soose as we know it.  Ted graduated from Dartmouth and went on to Oxford where he was studying to become an English professor. He was constantly doodling in his notebooks during lectures. His future wife once commented, “You’re crazy to be a professor. What you really want to do is draw. That’s a very fine flying cow!” After a career in advertising and stints as a cartoonist he began his legacy as a children’s author.  He and his wife were unable to have children, and it seemed he had a longing to fulfill the desire for youngsters. He even dedicated several books to his own fictitious children. He was known for saying about kids, “You create them, and I’ll amuse them.” Dr. Seuss communicated deep truths amidst the humorous rhymes and silly characters he created. His work earned him numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.

Here are some examples of Dr. Seuss books with quotes that could easily be used to create a heartfelt and memorable gift.

 

 

 

Perfect for anyone’s birthday, what a beautiful and fun way to say…there is No One like you!

 

 

 

Horton reminds us that we are all connected and that the tiniest person matters. When someone is feeling small or invisible, lost, or unimportant, this story can remind them that they matter. Sometimes it just takes a little noise to get noticed.

 

 

 

 

A classic story – so fun to read but also a great reminder that sometimes you have to try something new. There is much to be learned by giving something new a try. If you have a friend that is “stuck,” gift them with this book and a gentle prod to try something new. It might just be the encouragement they need.

 

 

 

 

What a perfect graduation gift or encouragement as someone goes off  on a new adventure. Here’s a great idea: have your child’s teachers sign this book throughout their academic career then present it to your child at graduation.

Next time you need the perfect gift, take a look in the children’s literature section and see if there isn’t a little jewel waiting for you there. Most importantly, when you present the gift of a children’s book, make sure you read it aloud to the recipient. It will make a lasting deposit in their heart.

“More than this, I believe that the only lastingly important form of writing is writing for children. It is writing that is carried in the reader’s heart for a lifetime; it is writing that speaks to the future.”    ―      Sonya Hartnett


A "Good" Idea:
Children's literature makes a wonderful heartfelt gift- even for adults! Get some ideas from Dr. Seuss.

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One Response

  1. Rachel Snyder says:

    Aww, I sure do LOVE that Dr. Seuss! As many times as I have read them, I get something wonderful out of his books every time I read them to my children. I also have many fond memories of my mother reading them to my best friend and I and from sharing his books with others. Thank you for this post, it’s true, I’ll never be to old for Dr. Seuss! I feel quite special to have your family be a part of our lives. Love to the Shipseys! 
     ”Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.”
    Dr. Seuss as quoted in “Author Isn’t Just a Cat in the Hat” by Miles Corwin in The Los Angeles Times (27 November 1983)

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