On this day in history, in the year 1904, Theodor Geisel, best known to the world as Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. It is hard to know at the time if he knew how he felt about green eggs and ham, but we can safely assume that he wouldn’t have liked them, Sam I am.
Under his pen name, Geisel published over 60 children’s books that were made popular by their imaginative, rhyming, trisyllabic meter-ness. His most famous include The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. As you know, his work as been adapted into several feature-length films. Chuck Jones directed animated versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Horton Hears a Who! in the late 60s and early 70s. Two live action adaptations — the Jim Carry led Grinch and Mike Myers led Cat in the Hat — were released in 2000 and 2003 respectively, with a CGI Horton Hears a Who! hitting theaters in 2008. Needless to say, the man has had quite an impact on several generations of young readers.
As part of the Read Across America project, today is recognized as National Read Across America Day, an observance of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. First Lady Michelle Obama is at the Library of Congress today doing a little Seuss reading, and children across the nation will be celebrating by reading old Dr. Seuss favorites. Or skipping school and heading to the Dr. Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure in Orlando. That’s what I’d be doing. But since I can’t make it to Orlando, I might as well dust off my copy of Green Eggs and Ham and have a little reading time, followed by nap time on the carpet. Then snack. Oh, the memories.
Anyway, I tell you that story to tell you this. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ 106th birthday, the folks at Half Day Today have created this loving rap video based on the rhyme scheme of his books. It also features classic rap themes like hot ladies, gratuitous cursing, flashy environmentally-friendly cars and literacy. I know that Theodor Geisel was a fan of all these things, and would be proud of their effort. It’s called “Wubble Down,” and it can be seen below.