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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tuesday Tips: The Best Dr. Suess Books



Today would have been the 106th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel. We knew and loved him simply as Dr. Suess and his books have been a standard in any childs library since they hit the market.

We decided that today instead of giving you a list of our favorite Dr. Suess books, we would ask a random sampling of parents, nannies, agency owners, business owners and kids who had nannies what their favorite Dr. Suess books are.

Sue Downey from the National Association of Nanny Care said:
""It is almost like choosing which of your kids is your favorite... they are all my favorites on different days and in different ways. But I think I love Oh the Places You'll Go the best."

Lara from GTM Associates took our Dr Seuss question to her management team, and they picked, The Lorax. Lara said "Just like GTM with our paperless payroll and online employee self-service... The Lorax was ahead of it's time with the green-movement; long before saving the earth became a global concern!"

Molly (my first charge that I started caring for 25 years ago today) said "There are so many good ones. I'd have to say The Lorax because of the message, and also the Butter Battle Book and her brother Casey (born 2 1/2 years later) says"Its probably a close tie between The Lorax and The Butter Battle Book, but if i had to choose one of those it would be The Lorax.

I asked my current charges who are now 16 and 11.
FSB said that his favorite was Green Eggs & Ham.
and ERB said that her favorite was The Lorax


The office staff at Morningside Nannies chose the following as their favorites:
Pat Cascio: One Fish Two Fish
Holly - There's a Wocket in my Pocket
Missi - Fox in Socks
Lindsey - Horton Hears a Who


Kathy Webb from Homework Solutions said " "Hop on Pop - 1st book I could read for myself and my dad let me "hop on pop" after I went through the whole book!"

Jennifer Goin , Professional Nanny says:
The Lorax is my personal favorite Dr Seuss because of the valuable lessons of preservation strewn throughout are all wrapped up in a fun rhyme that's easy for a child to young children to relate with.Lily my 19month old charge prefers Hop on Pop, because she loooves to hop.

Michelle LaRowe, Author of Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists and 4 other parenting books says that she and her daughter love One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Patti Mueller owner of Nanny Mall says that her favorite is Bartholomew and the Oobleck.
My mom always read to us, (she's an English major/retired teacher) and that particular book was my favorite because it was a challenge for the characters, but in the end all the king had to do was apologize and all was well.
Even as a child I understood that things can get out of whack but a simple "sorry" heals, as does repentance.


Nettie Weber of Perfect Match Nannies says: "Oh The Places You'll Go. It gets pulled out almost every time I have a really, really bad day to remind me that this too shall pass. I've given this book to numerous people as a gift for all kinds of life achievements as well as hardships, when they are feeling down. I am a giant fan of the literature he wrote on two levels, for both children and adults."


Penny Percey, Mom and Professional nanny says:
Green Eggs & Ham and The Cat in the Hat
were faves of the Grummer boys and I.
We would read them anytime of day but especially at bedtime. Every time I was putting them to bed they would choose one or the other or both. I knew the stories so well, I barely had to look at the words. And I would give characters different accents, like the fish. I gave him a New York mobster accent. Instead of saying, "That cat should not be about. Put him out! Put him out!" He would say, " That cat should....git outta heeeeaaah!" The boys loved it! We read those stories up until they were almost into double digit ages. Good times.


Dionne Holt Welsh(former nanny, now wife and mom) chose her favorite as
To Think that I saw it on Mulberry Street
When I was in college I had to do a theme unit on this book for an education class and I fell in love with it. And the book encourages daydreaming which i love to do!
Stephen Dionne's husband chose
Cat in the Hat.....Because I can totaly relate to Thing 1 and Thing 2 :)

Kim Tate Skaggs
Just one? Hard to choose. I'd say my 5 yr old daughter, Jaylin and my most recent favorite is The Ear Book. Not the usual conventional Dr. Seuss ones as we do read those often and love them as well. The reason The Ear Book has been a NEW favorite is because she likes to change it up and we go through it as The Eye book, changing Ear to Eye and See to Hear. It's quite the challenge and when I/ we mess up we end up in a giggling fit.

10 comments:

Linda Raymond March 2, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

My all time fav's are To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street, Go Dog Go, and Are You My Mother?

Many of the great Dr. Suess' books were woven into the tapestry of my children's early years as beginning readers. They are now age 23 and 26.

We still make an occasional silly comment to each other that will be a direct quote from one of these treasured stories.

Ellisville mom

Pat March 2, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

Small correction: Holly at Morningside Nannies' favorite Seuss book should have said: "There's a Wocket in My Pocket" - the reference to a book titled There's a Rocket in My Pocket is a very different book.
:-)

Just g March 2, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

Thanks Pat, I corrected that *Meant to check it and didn't, but I needed a good laugh this morning.

alice March 2, 2010 at 10:12 AM  

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess! What a fun Tuesday this is learning about everyone's favorite books!

Charlotte Hilliker March 2, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

My favorite is "The Sneetches." It's got a great message about how silly it is to try to be like everyone else. I also love "Yertle the Turtle." Two unconventional choices, but... that's me! :-)

Tara March 2, 2010 at 10:36 AM  

I'm a huge fan of The Sneetches, there are so many social behaviour and social justice lessons that can be adapted from that book! One of my favorite gifts ever, though, was given to me shortly before I moved to Honduras to volunteer at an orphanage. My marrow recipient and her husband gave me a copy of The Cat in the Hat that was in both English and Spanish. The entire year I was in Honduras it was a favorite of the children. Not all stories translate well linguistically or culturally, but that one sure did!

Nanny Gael Ann March 2, 2010 at 3:14 PM  

Dr. Seuss ABC book is our current favorite.

Lisa March 2, 2010 at 3:31 PM  

Today, I hosted 4 nannies and 1 grandma, plus five infant/toddlers for a Dr. Seuss Playdate.

We had paper cat in the hats. Nannyjen drew Sneetches. MB prepared for it Green Eggs & Ham Quiche, Red Fish Blue Fish jello gigglers. DB added Seussical and other Seuss songs to the Ipod.

My Favorite - Green Eggs and Ham.

Kristen March 2, 2010 at 4:52 PM  

Loved reading everyone favorite. Saw some titles that I never heard of. I will have to read them! One of my all time favorites, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and My Many Colored Days. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Alice March 2, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

Lisa that is so great! What a fun idea! I think people could still use this idea next week if they want for playgroup!

Sorry to have missed it!

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