Dr. Seuss Published August 12, 1959 by New York: Random House Ages: 6+ 64 pages
This delightful Dr. Seuss book takes place in the town of Katroo where they sure know how to celebrate each birthday. Katroo is the only place with the Great Birthday Bird who awakes the birthday person and takes on a journey to enjoy their special day. Along the journey, they enjoy hot dogs rolled on a spool, pick the fanciest pet, greeted by Drummers and Strummers at the Birthday Pal-alace, and eat the only birthday cake made of guaranteed certified strictly Grade-A peppermint cucumber sausage-paste butter! (I’m not sure I’d like to taste that cake.) Happy Birthday to You! is slow at times, but it’s a fun book that’s sure to make you smile.
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! Shout loud, “I am lucky to be what I am! Thank goodness I’m not just a clam or a ham Or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam! I am what I am! That’s a great thing to be! If I say so myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
– Dr. Seuss (Happy Birthday to You!)
Day 1 Birthday Book Celebration!
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
― Dr. Seuss (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!)
Everyone loves being praised, mentioned, and recognized. However, I wondered how much praise truly makes us happy and satisfied? How much do we write for ourselves or the pleasure of others? This thought came to me after I examined my comments and what I thought were comments.
Praise is probably the best form of behavior management in the classroom: “I love how Sara is listening and waiting for directions”. Immediately other students want to be recognized and given positive praise. The greatest praise is genuine and specific, instead of “Good job Sara”. People also praise and criticize as an ‘Oreo’: two positives surrounding a negative comment. Although, I doubt many blogger comments are negative.
I won’t lie. I enjoy comments and ‘likes’ as much as anyone, but does it truly matter if others enjoy my posts enough to comment or like? I notice spam comments and get somewhat excited, since it could be actual comments. I take a peak, but of course the chance is very slim that it’s true. Journal writing is probably the only writing format that’s just for yourself.
Overall, individuals should work to please themselves whether there’s any praise. Do you best and you’ll likely get the praise from the most important person: yourself.
(P.S. Don’t feel the need to comment or like from this post.)
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
– Dr. Seuss
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
– Dr. Seuss (“I Can Read with My Eyes Shut”)
I like this quote and it’s often in classrooms for students to always look upon. It’s important that people understand the importance of reading and it really can take you places. Whether these places and adventures are imaginary, real, or the distance possibility. When you strive for knowledge then you’ll obtain vast destinations.