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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 110th Birthday with Some Quirky Decor

Friday, February 28th, 2014

It’s been 24 years since Dr. Seuss‘ last book was published, but the beloved author’s imaginative worlds continue to stick in the minds of readers, from nostalgic parents to a new generation of kids growing up with his stories. This coming Sunday, March 2, will mark his 110th birthday. To celebrate, we scouted some decor that can Seussify your child’s room or nursery.

One of my favorite things about The Lorax is that it’s not just a feel-good book; it also has a really important environmental message. This LumiSource Medusa floor lamp ($127) sold at Wayfair reminds me a lot of the sprouting fuzzy heads of the tale’s Trufulla trees, which the main character learns to appreciate after tearing most of them down and seeing the destruction first-hand.

Fish also prove to be recurring characters in Dr. Suess’ books, including One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and even The Cat in the Hat. This Fishbowl Pendulum Clock ($44) from Uncommon Goods speaks to the type of fun animals you’ll find mixed throughout his stories.

Speaking of The Cat in the Hat, there’s no better way to show your Dr. Suess fandom than by designing around a color scheme of red, white and black. We love this striped pillow ($29) from Zazzle because it mimics the cat’s famous headwear, and the touch of black alludes to the feline himself.

Dr. Suess’ last published book Oh the Places You’ll Go became a popular tale for its focus on exploring the world and encouraging kids’ self-discovery. The character travels from place to place via air balloon, so a mobile ($50) from MoMA with tiny versions of the flying machine will spark your tot’s sense of adventure, too.

Through his writing, the author made a real effort to encourage kids’ creativity and individuality, so there’s no better way to celebrate Sunday than by putting your imagination to the test. Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!

Shop for The Lorax kid-room decor in our own Parents Shop!

Or if One Fish Two Fish decor is more your speed, there’s lots of cuteness and colorfulness around that!

Finally, see what we’ve got in The Cat in the Hat decor.

And make a fun cardboard fish toy with your kid this weekend!

Make it: Cardboard Fish Toy
Make it: Cardboard Fish Toy
Make it: Cardboard Fish Toy

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How the Grinch Helped Christmas

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Last week my family and I got to see “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, running through December 30. It was completely cute–a fun blend of the book’s graphic look, the movie’s sly humor, and the beloved TV special’s plot and music. The Grinch himself, played by Jeff McCarthy, had kids and grownups laughing–gotta love a villian who can make my easily spooked 4-year-old smile. (McCarthy’s Grinch is a bit of a ham.) And while the show sticks closely enough to the story we all know, there are enough little surprises, such as when the audience is encouraged to sing along to “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” to keep you on your toes.

My daughters loved the character of Cindy-Lou Who. The actress who played her the night we went, 8-year-old Tori Feinstein (see right), is as adorable as they come. (Abigail Shapiro alternates in the role.) I chatted with Tori this morning about her experience so far. If you think your schedule is busy this time of year, Tori’s might rival it, with three-hour tutoring sessions between as many as three shows a day. My 7-year-old wanted me to ask Tori: Do you get scared on stage? Her answer was a quick, “Um, no!” And that’s clear when you see her. She’s a natural, having been acting since she was 5. Tori’s favorite part of the show is when the Grinch’s heart grows three sizes–and my kids loved that, too, since his heart appears as an actual big blinking red light.

Tickets are still available and start at $40, so if you’ll be in the New York City area for the holidays, consider this show for a fun family escape.

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Happy 108th Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. SeussThere’s no one like you who

can do the things that you do

so Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss,

Happy Birthday to you!

As you tell from the above poem I wrote (inspired by Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and Happy Birthday to You!), today is the birthday of every child’s beloved rhymer.  Born Theodor Seuss Geisel, but better known as Dr. Seuss, the author started his career as a children’s book editor at Random House.  In fact, he helped guide Jan and Stan Berenstain, the creators behind The Berenstain Bears series, in publishing their first few books.

Just in time for his birthday, one of his most popular books, The Lorax, was recently released as an animated film.  And PBS KIDS will be running a two-hour The Cat-in-The-Hat-A-Thon event featuring two new episodes of “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!”  series. Check for local listings at pbskids.org.

Make sure to read our Tech Savvy Parents blog by Leticia Barr — she has some family- and budget-friendly ideas for celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with fun online activities. March is also National Reading Month, so get your kids hooked on books with classic Seuss favorites such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Horton Hears a Who!  Or plan a trip to the colorful Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure in Universal Orlando — where  favorite characters, scenes, and places from the books come to life.

Update: Play a matching game online, The Many Languages of Dr. Seuss, to see if you can match the English versions of his book titles with the translations in other languages.  You may need to print the image out and use a pen or pencil to draw lines between the titles.  After you’re done, find the answers at www.smartling.com/seuss.

What are your favorite Dr. Seuss books? Which ones do your kids love?

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Jan Berenstain, Co-Creator of the Berenstain Bears Series, Dies at 88

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Jan Berenstain, who inspired Mama Bear and co-created the beloved Berenstain Bears book series, passed away from a stroke on February 24 at her home in Solebury, PA.  She was 88 years old.

Along with her husband, Stan, who passed away in 2005, the husband-and-wife team collaborated on writing and illustrating simple and sweet stories, with good family values and strong morals, for preschoolers.  Each book focused on a specific lesson, as experienced by human-like Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Brother Bear, and Sister Bear.  Their first book, “The Big Honey Hunt,” was published in 1962 by Random House under the guidance of children’s book editor Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), who encouraged them to rhyme each story’s text.

There are now over 300 titles in the Berenstain Bears series, published by HarperCollins, that have sold more than 260 million copies worldwide, in 23 different languages.  In addition to books, the Berenstain Bears have been featured on TV cartoons and movies, toys, clothes, video games, and mobile apps.  There is even a show touring around the country, The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters the Musical.

The Berenstain’s two sons, Leo and Mike (who helps illustrate the books), will continue the family business and 19 new titles will be released this year.

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Last-Minute Dr. Seuss Dinner

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

If you have nothing special planned to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday today, it’s not too late! All that you need to make this whimsical Cat in the Hat pizza is a tube of pizza dough like Pillsbury Pizza Crust, tomato sauce, and cheese. On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, just unravel the dough, until about an inch from the end. Use a pizza wheel or sharp knife to give it the curves of the cat’s hat. Bake for about 5 minutes at 425 degrees. Remove from oven. Alternately make stripes with tomato sauce and shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, starting with sauce. Bake for another 6-10 minutes, until sauce is hot and cheese is melted.

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