Monday, March 1, 2010

Read Across America Day


Tuesday, March 2 is a very special day at Please Touch Museum! We will be celebrating the nationally recognized ‘Read Across America Day’, as well as the birthday of one of the greatest authors and advocates for children: Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss was the pen name of Theodore Geisel, a former advertisement designer who published his first illustrated book for children (And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street) in 1937 after it had been rejected by numerous publishers. He was an incredibly prolific author, and wrote most of his books in verse, using a variety of metrical and rhyming patterns, although most often in a form called anapestic tetrameter. Here are two lines from Dr. Seuss’ Happy Birthday to You!, which are written in this style:

In Katroo, every year, on the day you were born

They start the day right in the bright early morn…

Poetry, like that found in Dr. Seuss’ books, is a fun way to introduce kids to the phonological qualities of language, its component sounds and rhythms. Through the use of rhyme, a regular beat, and repeated sounds, young children absorb the sounds of language and can discover how to make those sounds themselves.

We are commemorating the achievements of this great author in a variety of ways including visits from the Cat in the Hat at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. in our Story Castle! Visit our calendar for a full schedule of the day's events.

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