“Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
The Cat in the Hat is a children's book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel
under the pen name Dr. Seuss and first published in 1957. ..
In 1955, Spaulding invited Geisel to dinner in Boston where he proposed that Geisel create a book "for six- and seven-year olds who had already mastered the basic mechanics of reading". He reportedly challenged, "Write me a story that first-graders can't put down!"
At the back of Why Johnny Can't Read, Flesch had included 72 lists of words that young children should be able to read, and Spaulding provided Geisel with a similar list. Geisel later told biographers Judith and Neil Morgan that Spaulding had supplied him with a list of 348 words that every six-year-old should know and insisted that the book's vocabulary be limited to 225 words... the finished book contains 236 different words...
Geisel was ORDER-ed to write a specific book...
from a list of 348 words...
carefully chosen, no doubt...
this was not his 'idea'....
he fulfilled an ORDER...
yet the "punctuation" is truly unique for any literary project...
one One ONE... the truth can only be 'seen'
it cannot be 'HEARD' so why appear at any HEARING...
I wonder if Dr Seuss is a graduate of Loyola or Georgetown...
for your consideration: One could graduate from
Dr. Seuss the cat in the hat university...
for those that find this post puzzling... or amusing...
continue below to see what Dr. Seuss has to say about "Person"
cuz da cat in da hat sez sum'tin 'bout dat...
the following is pasted from
I was delighted to stumble across
Seuss-isms: Wise and Witty Prescriptions for Living
from the Good Doctor (public library)
— a simple, lovely 1997 collection of Seussean gold
that transcends the seemingly simple verses
to glean wisdom on life that gets more profound
with each reading.
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
(Oh, the Places You’ll Go!)
(Because, let’s not forget, personality is fluid and we can rewire our own habit loops.)
Whether you like it or not,
alone is something
you’ll be quite a lot!
(Oh, the Places You’ll Go!)
(And you might as well make it a creative advantage.)
Today you are true!
That is truer than true!
There is no one alive
who is you-er than you!
(Happy Birthday to You!)
(Unless, of course, you get into the philosophy of what a “person” is.)
This pool might be bigger Than you or I know!
(And, as we’ve recently learned, embracing the bounds of our ignorance
is fundamental to expanding our knowledge.)
Think left and think right
and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up
if only you try!
(Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!)
You’ll find many more such timeless prescriptions in Seuss-isms, divided into subjects ranging from the serious (“Equality and Justice,” “Facing up to Adversity”) to the tongue-in-cheek (“The Art of Eating,” “The First Nerd!”).