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Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1904. Although not a real doctor, he pursued a doctorate degree in literature and began his career producing ads and humorous cartoons and articles. Using “Dr. Seuss” as his pen name, he worked through the Great Depression and World War II. After reading a report that literacy was failing because children found their reading material less and less exciting, Dr. Seuss decided to take action. Challenged by his publisher to write a story containing important but simple words for most children, Dr. Seuss conceived The Cat in the Hat, his most famous and rhythmic masterpiece. He went on to produce some of the most beloved pieces in children’s literature, like The Lorax, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs & Ham, and holiday classic The Grinch who Stole Christmas, among many others. His books are staple in American classroom, and he was responsible for getting kids to learn and love reading. He died in 1991 in California at the age of 87. It was not long after that the Art of Dr. Seuss project began, seeing much of Geisel’s limited-addition prints and sculptures in galleries alongside masters like Picasso and Miro. In his honor, Read Across America Day encourages kids everywhere to pick up a book!
Have you read a book by Dr. Seuss? If so, why do you think it was beneficial for young readers?
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During the War of 1812, an American lawyer by the name of Francis Scott Key was detained on a British war ship outside Fort McHenry – a battle site just outside Baltimore, Maryland. On the night of September 14, 1814, as he watched bombs exploding, fires erupting, and smoke looming, he was in awe to see that Fort McHenry’s American flag survived a 1,800-bomb assault. He penned a poem called “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which circulated in a local newspaper six days later. After some time, the words were ironically set to the tune of a British drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven,” and many branches of the military and public services sang it as a de facto national hymn (along with songs like “Hail Columbia” and “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”). In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson wrote an executive order to make “The Star Spangled Banner” the national anthem, but it wasn’t until 1931, when President Herbert Hoover approved a Congressional Act that the tune became official.
Why do you think we sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at public events like sporting games? Consider the lyrics to the national anthem, what do you think they mean?