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Monday, March 01, 2004
A celebration such as this
In the words of the great Dr. Seuss: "I wish we could do what they do in Katroo. They sure know how to say ‘Happy Birthday to You!' "
If we were in the mythical Katroo on March 2, we would be watching the Birthday Honk-Honker hike up Mt. Zorn to let loose a blast on the big Birthday Horn and announce: Dr. Seuss, today is your 100th day of all of days.
Katroo and the Birthday Honk-Honker are just two of the wonders to emerge from the imagination of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Geisel, who would have turned 100 this month, died in 1991 at age 87.
Geisel, who created his now-famous pseudonym by adding a degree to his middle name, started his career as a commercial artist. His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by 27 publishers before being published in 1937.
Twenty years after that first literary effort, Random House challenged Geisel to write a book for early readers using no more than 220 beginning reader words. The Cat in the Hat was born in 1957.
Another favorite, Green Eggs and Ham, starring the picky eater Sam-I-Am, followed in 1960. Share the book over a plate of green eggs. It's a great way for kids to fall in love with reading while honoring the prolific children's author.
Make the treat at home by adding a little green food coloring to eggs or let someone else do the cooking and head over to Richard Walker's Pancake House, 1300 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg. The restaurant has been selling green eggs and ham for years, says Lou Ferrante, general manager.
But there are more ways to celebrate Seuss-places to go and things to grow.
The Chicago Children's Museum, 700 W. Grand Ave., at Navy Pier will hold a party at 6 p.m. March 4, where officials will unveiling the new stamp honoring Dr. Seuss from the U.S. Postal Service.
For information call (312) 527-1000 or visit www.chichildrensmuseum.org.
The Seussentennial Imagination Tour, sponsored by Random House Children's Books and the National Education Association, is a yearlong traveling birthday party. It lands here on March 26 and 27. The free performance bringing Dr. Seuss to life will play at the DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville (630-637-8000), at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 26.
It moves to the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago (312-744-6630), for a 1 p.m. March 27 show. Reservations are required. For information about the tour and other activities, visit www.seussville.com.
A more home-grown idea is to read The Lorax with your children and grow a garden complete with truffula trees. You can make your own with a few pipe cleaners or buy a "Grow a Lorax Garden" kit ($20) from Creativity for Kids at www.creativityforkids.com.