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In May 1954, Life magazine published a report on illiteracy that concluded that children were not learning to read because their beginner books were boring.

The good doctor responded.

Using only 220 words he created a new language for children.

“The Sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold, wet day.”

He wrote the book, as he wrote most of his books, in anapestic tetrameter, a meter employed by Lord Byron. But, in this one, just when you got used to the cadence, he’d mix it up a bit.

"So all we could do was to Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit!
And we did not like it. Not one little bit."

Enter a tall, anthropomorphic, mischievous cat, wearing a tall, red and white striped hat, a bowtie, and the Run Spot Run's of the world were history.

“I know it is wet
And the sun is not sunny
But we can have
Lots of good fun that is funny!”

He wrote and illustrated over 60 children’s books in all. The success of the “The Cat in the Hat” prompted him and his wife to write others in the series like, “Fox in Socks” and “Green Eggs and Ham.

He’s been translated into 20 languages.

Although I’d imagine his “Wockets, Whos, Bunches of Hunches, Bar-ba-loots  and Grinches would stay exactly as they are, don’t you think?

He once remarked that if he were invited to a party with his characters, he wouldn't show up.

Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, turns 109 this Sunday.

The Dr. part was his usual bit of whimsy.

Sent overseas to Oxford, he dropped out of his doctorate studies in English literature at Oxford, deciding it was "astonishingly irrelevant."

Then added his title as a bit of a joke to appease his father, who wasn't all that amused.

“I like nonsense, he said. "It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”

Dr. Seuss and his wife Helen had no children of their own. 

But that was a mere technicality. They had had hundreds of millions of them, of all ages, looking through that "wrong" end of a telescope with him.

It's certainly the end I prefer. How about you?

J. Peterman

 

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February 28, 2013 12:29 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Genius he was because he taught the fun of reading. Dancing words upon the page to amuse children of any age.

February 28, 2013 12:54 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

I took one look at a book, pre-loved in the Charity Shop last week. For the princely sum of 10pence. Cat in the Hat for my Grand-nephew, who is just learning to read, I was delighted to have him cuddled up to me reading it to him and amazed how quickly he picked up the 'patterns' and 'helped' me to read - he's 3years old. It's not a case of 'pushy parenting' he sees books everywhere as my neice is a great reader and Auntie Hazy's house is bulging at the seams with all things bookish. His favourite adventure of the week is going to the library where you get to borrow four new books for free. The choosing is more agonising than being in a candy store.

February 28, 2013 1:04 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

the book that he took, was worth the look, glad that he did, for he's only a kid

February 28, 2013 4:38 AM
Dsci0939 First-com Londoner in wales said...

My grandaughter Holly living in Llandudno drives her dad Lee mad because she writes funny bits non stop. now I know why she is one looking through the wrong end of her telescope and she sings and dances as she reads. boy was the good Doctor right. But he must have been a child in his mind because he was not blessed with children. Walt Disney said " The greatest thing man process is the mind of a child"I think I have a budding writer in my grandaughter Holly. so hers her second name so you can say you heard about her here foreman.You can hear her sing on utube.

February 28, 2013 5:58 AM
Pecos_tommy 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

I have played Yertle the Turtle in Seussical and have been The Grinch for the past 5 years at Breakfast for Santa. I like green. Yep, the funny thing is nonsense in many ways makes sense. We must learn to see what isn't always there. Thanks Doc!

February 28, 2013 6:15 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

At school we all have our doors dressed & decorated for Dr, Seuss week. Except for The Grinch his books grate on my nerves. Sssshhhhhhhhh.........................I never said that.....................

February 28, 2013 7:47 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Marypjb said...

Bebe,  ssh, I agree.  But, his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, is so fun.

February 28, 2013 9:26 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

BEBE & MARYPJB---I am so glad that you both said that!!!  Mulberry Street remains a favorite with me, but the rest (maybe Horton is still good) irritate me.  I think that Cat in the Hat really promotes poor behavior and not owning up to consequences and so many of the rest of his books were really his politics dressed up in rhyming words.

February 28, 2013 10:15 AM
10041_445991248814972_692962064_n Com-100Com-300First-comHr-1 The Giraffe said...

I don't disagree with the above - after awhile the whole thing got annoying but he did make reading interesting for kids and it sure beat "Run Dick Run" etc.

February 28, 2013 10:55 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Nah, little kids are not taking on board any sinister content in reading material, that's for the adults who are teaching them to read. We had "Janet and John" in the 1950's - talk about social engineering! And the "Beacon Readers" series featuring Old Lob and his farm. Maybe there is something wrong with me, but my favourite characters in those stories were the naughty ones - Percy the bad chick (an adult mind boggles) and Mr Grumps, the goat who got belly ache from stealing green apples. I was beside myself to interpret those darn letters into words so I could learn what happened to Miss Tibbs, the tabby cat who was startled by gunfire, the sentence I can quote:- "The bangs woke her and made her afraid. She got up and jumped into the well." Some of my son's favourite bed time stories I can remember word for word as I had to read them so many times and woe betide if I tried to turn two pages at once to take a shortcut!

February 28, 2013 11:01 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

 Londener in Wales/Stoney!!!~ What a darling little girl. Thanks Stoney for 'finding' her for us! 

February 28, 2013 11:12 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 George Hall said...

Our first grade reader was "Nancy and Muff. Bob and Mack See Muff run! See Mack run!  See Muff and Mack run and jump. To which the seventh graders added   " See Bob and Nancy JUmp   and play. See Bob jump Nancy's Muff...!"

February 28, 2013 11:33 AM
First-comHr-1 Deaddoll999 said...

The way my life is going since the death of my mother, job hunting,and all that goes with fighting over estate of nothing to be had thanks Dr. Seuss I don't need a shrink you made me laugh with your  quote,"Looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope enabeles me to laugh at life's realities". That's all I need know to wake up and let people know I'm not stupid and drowning in sorrows. Thanks Mr. Peterman.
 
Deaddoll from Pa.

February 28, 2013 11:37 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Londoner in Wales~ Is your name Roy? Just guessing ..... I dunno how, but the message box top of page works for me & not for you.

February 28, 2013 11:44 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Deaddoll999~ Sending you a girlie hug. xoxoxo. Keep looking through the wrong end of the telescope. 

February 28, 2013 12:05 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

I was never much of a Seuss fan growing up.  It never really grabbed me. We had the books, but I didn't read them.  I much preferred Mother Goose and the nonsense of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll.  I learned to read via Dick, Jane, Spot, and Puff...   Deaddoll999--hang in there!!  The village is on your side!

February 28, 2013 12:31 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

O, frabjous joy to know Mr Lear!

February 28, 2013 12:35 PM
Dsci0939 First-com Londoner in wales said...

Hazel YES is the answer.

February 28, 2013 12:45 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Jules Feiffer,too

February 28, 2013 12:48 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Dr. Seuss has surely done a service in interesting young readers in rhyming nonsense, but, as bebe, Mary, and Carol noted above, he also made misbehavior some kind of heroic adventure....No, the Grinch is not a positive role model.

Those writers who put the errant or renegade character out there as most fun, seem to undermine the teachings of good manners. But so many writers for children do just that to appeal to the ones who feel opposed to the established rules or ideal behavior models. (See "The Cat Ate My Gym Suit," and other Paula Danziger books, such as "Can You Sue Your Parents?")

http://www.fictiondb.com/author/paula-danziger~43548.htm

And then there are the Judy Bloom books for pre-teens and beyond that often defy what most parents consider to be good taste or good advice....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/12/judy-bloom-books_n_1269464.html

However, it is hard to fault "Green Eggs and Ham" or "One Fish, Two Fish" for its rhymes and sense of silliness, and teaching sympathy for the underdog, plus judgment on the bully. As with most of us, this author gets marks for both good and evil, depending upon one's attitude about the books. Parents should read the books first and decide if the message is in keeping with their own values. Of course, once children get into the schools, the school library gives them free choices. Somehow, like we sneaked "Peyton Place" around in high school, they will usually be drawn to the ones that seem to defy authority. Human nature?

http://truth-out.org/news/item/14765-radical-reading-the-progressive-dr-seuss

To answer Mr. P's query, looking into the wrong end of the telescope may be fun, but for seeing the world's reality, I'd look into the right lens.

http://www.tagnwag.com/alice_jerry.html

February 28, 2013 12:50 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Sorry not to explain the last link....That was the 1950's early readers of my childhood...the Alice and Jerry series of the 50's, with Jip, the dog. No rhymes, no bullies, no grinches.

February 28, 2013 1:00 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

As a child when I read Alice, I would often skip through the nonsense poems.  Now they are all I read:"You are old, Father William," the young man said,
"And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head-
Do you think, at your age, it is right?"

"In my youth," Father William replied to his son,
"I feared it might injure the brain;
But now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again."
Who can argue with this logic?

February 28, 2013 1:06 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Looking at the world through the 'wrong end' of a telescope allows one to see things from a different perspective; your troubles become so small as to be picked up with a tweezers,and deposited in a match box. They haven't gone away,merely been reduced in size,possibly to become more manage-able

February 28, 2013 1:19 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

LIWALES.................Is your last name GBIV????????????? GEORGE.......................I had a white fur muff when I was little w/ matching fur ear muffs. I felt like the most sophisticated girl in the world when I wore them. MARY PBJ & CAROL...................after you both mentioned Mulberry St. I will definitely check it out. There is trauma in my room. Only one of my little girls got to go to the Green Eggs & Ham party. The one who chose to do almost NO work this morning had a 10 minute fit & is now drawing.......................

February 28, 2013 1:50 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Londener in wales~ well, knock me down with an angel's feather! The message thing sent your message to me but won't send my reply. This is not the smartest page on the web. Try Facebook? I'm rubbish at computer stuff, so ..... Laughed my sox off at the grand-daughter singing. x

February 28, 2013 1:51 PM
Stone_press_lapointe First-com Atomicman said...

I did a day of volunteer work at my son's kindergarten class and noticed that while all the other kids were using single colors, staying in the lines and making their coloring projects pretty much the same, my son's was completely different. While he stayed in the lines, he also had multi-colored swirls, patches of color and pictures within pictures. I like to think that my 5 year old has the lessons of the good Dr. firmly ingrained in his head.

February 28, 2013 2:07 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

I worked in editorial after college at the publisher who created the Sally Dick and Jane series of readers, and while it's easy to make jokes about "see Spot run" and the like, that series of readers is one of the most successful ever to hit the school systems.  In fact its replacement series - much touted in the educational publishing circles back then - was a complicated series of books and workbooks that tied both students and teachers in knots and nobody came away from it with the high level reading ability that Sally Dick and Jane left with them.  Up until the day I left Scott Foresman, I was still fielding requests for both the Catholic and non-Catholic versions of Sally Dick and Jane, from teachers who wanted to use them to teach reading to their children, regardless of what series their school system adopted.  

February 28, 2013 2:11 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Marypjb said...

My grandson and I laugh ourselves to tears reading The Vicar of Nibbleswick by ROald Dahl.  Anybody know it?

February 28, 2013 2:14 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

ATOMICMAN.........................just a suggestion.......go to the Bon Appetit website & see if they have a section devoted to cities & see what they recommend for Columbus. Also check out Jane & Michael Stern's website.  

February 28, 2013 2:16 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

PARK........................I LOVED the Dick & JANE series! What was the name of the black cat? ( I swear I remember a black cat later on. Am I imagining this?)

February 28, 2013 2:24 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

PARK4--glad to hear the encouraging words about Scott 'Foresman.  I would bet that most of us learned by that series and ta da!!!  we are good readers!  Yes, making page turning fun is what "kiddie lit" is all about, but we've all witnessed and bemoan the failure of so many in the younger generations who can't read!  We blame schools, we blame teachers. But perhaps the fault could be shared by those who believe that teaching skills that are the foundation to further knowledge can only be done one way.  While good teachers do make learning fun for kids to do so non-stop like Sesame Street is impossible.  To be a good reader requires building strong skills......much like developing your muscles......and you wouldn't think of building your muscles just drumming your fingers or shaking your leg 'cuz they're easy and fun to do.  No, you'd eat your vitamins and you'd get plenty of sleep and varied exercizes.  Learning music is the same thing......oh! it's cool to just play "Chopsticks" but that doesn't develop much beyond that....the ear must be trained and the small muscles and fine movements.  They can be done with fun, true, but they must be done utilizing things besides the easily accomplished "Chopsticks" tune.   I love a good rhyme as much as the next person and have hours of fun with Lear and Carroll and Silverstein.  Seuss rhymed and was silly and fun, I'll give him that due.....but I just don't feel that he's really material for the saint that so many are trying to make him

February 28, 2013 2:38 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Marypjb said...

Bebe, I remember the cat's name was Puff, but have no memory of what color she was.

February 28, 2013 2:39 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Whimsey! Without that, a child's garden of flowers have no faces,nor can they sing.

February 28, 2013 2:41 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Puff was a yellow cat with some vague darker yellow striping.

February 28, 2013 2:48 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

....well, I remembered Puff as yellow, but I just did a search for images from the series and Puff shows up darker.......but what a trip down memory lane to see the images.  

February 28, 2013 3:25 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

One book that I really loved as a child was called 365 Bedtime Stories.  I devoured it and destroyed it. I think it was even dropped in the bathtub a few times.

February 28, 2013 3:46 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

I think there was also a beginning reading series by Ginn--or maybe that's what you read after Dick & Jane....anyway, I remember so many of the stories from that--they were actually fairytales, most of them, I think.  And the illustrations were such vivid colorful accompaniments to the words.  

February 28, 2013 3:53 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Well, we're obvoiusly all readers. I used to think I was pretty well read until I joined this forum. Most of you guys leave me in the dust with your references and knowledge. I'm humbled. Can you imagine our lives without our books? They take us so many wonderful places. My home office, where I work and join in this forum, is a cozy room; it was a doctor's office back in the 1960's and has 3 walls lined with bookshelves. My books are in the shelves now, most read, some unread and on my list.  What will I do with them all when I have to downsize???

February 28, 2013 3:55 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

MISS BEBE:   You remember correctly ... but it was Shel Siversteins's version .......

February 28, 2013 4:19 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

I won’t allow nonsense
In the hold of our house
My children are scholars
And taught early to grouse
If one thing seems senseless
And another one more so,
Like a picture of Sonny
Tattooed on Cher’s torso.

The fact of the matter,
A fact to consider
I sell all our nonsense
To the lowest bidder.
We don’t play with our words
And we mean what we say,
If we don’t play the pipe
There’s no piper to pay.

You may think my viewpoint
A wee bit myopic
But what better way for
Me to stay on topic?

February 28, 2013 4:20 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

I've lost it on a dead computer, but there is a scheme where you can abandon books in a telephone booth, on a park bench, in a 'rest room', on a subway seat, in the dentist's waiting room - and leave an E-mail address on the flyleaf. Set up a separate E-mail account - years back, I tried this out and met some very interesting people.

February 28, 2013 4:23 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

In the late sixties, when Scott Foresman was developing what they called "Systems"- the series that would replace Sally Dick and Jane and was too cumbersome to be believed - Ginn was introducing their new reading series, and after the dust had settled, Ginn came out the winner, and Scott Foresman had to crawl into a corner and lick its wounds, financial and prestige-wise.  SF "Systems" required 5 books for each child, for each level, and the teachers had an instruction manual the size of the Oxford dictionary to explain Systems to them.  No one person could deal with this new series...and so many large cities that formerly used SD&J turned to Ginn, and I can't say that I blame them.  What this was, was the beginning of the "each child should learn at his own speed" - SF "Systems" - but it was an overwhelming far reaching (too far) and too ambitious reach by the Scott Foresman people and their out of touch educational consultants.   So Ginn took over, Sally Dick and Jane gathered dust but retained popularity in small towns and non-public schools - and eventually SF shelved "Systems" as a bad idea.  Soon after Scott Foresman was bought by Harcourt, Brace, and Jovanovich- and I moved on, so I don't know what they're doing now.  I do know they used to have a great library just filled with every Sally Dick and Jane reader they ever published, and it was really enjoyable spending time in there, with those books that taught me how to read.

February 28, 2013 4:25 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

My copy of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance went to India, Tibet, Australia and back to the UK.

February 28, 2013 4:33 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

I remember a series by Zim, and it was choc full of giant machines: earth movers and the like. It explained physical sciences for me,circa age 7, or 8.I think I had an inherant understanding, as all my life I've been told I had "the gift" with machines. But I still remember the wonderment inspired by those books. And Weekly Reader. And the Golden books. They had that spine colored gold. And then, Tom Swift, The Hardy Boys...    .   But the whimsey, that helps me reduce some of life's most tragic situations,in retrospect, to a three, or four panel cartoon. That way, I can be self depricating, and make those to whom I relate, feel not as bad about my troubles,or by extension,theirs.

February 28, 2013 4:38 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

I know that this may interest some of you because of the
content relative to the topic of last February 18 when we discussed the
character embodied in the message of the video. I know some of you will have no
interest whatsoever (and I will not name names). Others, like me, may show more
interest in the messenger than the message. I have said it before and will say
it again, I could turn off the audio and just watch Kory’s lips move. Although
sometimes with the audio on, I close my
eyes and imagine that she is talking to me, only to me. Why, I'd gladly repeat second grade all over again if she was the one teaching me to read.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjZ3I7mowh4

February 28, 2013 4:47 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


While Dad was in his rocker in the front room working his way through Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour, I was in a tilted back chair near the register and radio in the kitchen chipping away at the earliest of what was to become Anthony Powell's massive twelve volume A Dance To The Music of Time set out on the curb one day by a neighbor.
Who knows how these things work but it was important to at least have some doubt about and concern for where a story was going.
Those were the days when reading a thing like that was not only possible but easy and I miss that.
We read Dr. Seuss to our kids and they very shortly thereafter read them back to us and our grandchildren have done the same… recently.
Something about the sing-song rhythm made reading for learners so easy that it seemed like cheating and the zaniness and irreverence didn't hurt.
I liked pretty much everything he wrote right up until The Lorax which was and remains too obvious.
Dr. Suess rubbed some people the wrong way and Roald Dahl was a serial adulterer but their obvious interest in and love for children buys them a pass from me.
They looked it seems through the wrong end of the spyglass with the eye of a child.


February 28, 2013 4:49 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Naughty paolos!

February 28, 2013 4:49 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

Hazel, that sounds like a really cool idea. You actually heard from people who picked up your books?

February 28, 2013 5:03 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Friend IVAN,
Shel Silverstein's childrens poems/books were what I gave to my grandson. He was a gifted, talented man who could comunicate through writing, sonfs, and cartoons to children from three to one hundred and three.

Paolos,
I totally agree. If she were my teacher, grammar school would have been the best twelve years of my life.

February 28, 2013 5:03 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Yes, l marjorie ~ you print out address labels with an E-mail address that also says enjoy this book, let me know if you did, and randomly abandon it for somebody else to enjoy. I got replies from all over, mostly UK and Europe. The one that went on a student 'gap year' was best travelled.

February 28, 2013 5:17 PM
Img00274-20110613-1309 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 l marjorie said...

A virtual book club. Love it!

February 28, 2013 5:22 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Sorry to ramble on, but my orphan books wrote home from London to Paris, got a new reader who took it to Brussels where it was found on a railway train seat by a reader who took it to Greece as holiday reading and so on ... it reminds me of the tale of a "kidnapped" Garden Gnome who sent photos home of his adventures - he was eventually returned with a new paint job to depict his sun tan.

February 28, 2013 6:11 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Teaching children to read,  better yet, inspiring children to read, is a  major keystone to their future.  It unlocks the doors and opens up the shutters of their minds.  

If one method or particular author fails to ignite their imagination, then find another way to quicken their desire to explore the worlds that the written word can put in their path.  

I cannot think of wrong way to make this happen if the end result is a reader.  It would simply be tragic to lead a child to the threshold of what such a tool can provide them and not bring them through.

Reading will better enable him/her to learn new concepts, explore new places, visit different times, without leaving the pages of a book.  Reading will exercise their minds and can provide entertainment, comfort, and joy throughout their lives.

If the wrong end of a telescope doesn't do the job, try a kaleidoscope...

February 28, 2013 6:22 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Oooh, and a microscope!!  wait till they look at a bug's face! they may be quickly transported to another dimension. Or not, and just say eYewwww

February 28, 2013 6:30 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Depenz on your lenz, RY~ I'm off under the duvet in the corner seat of the club car.

February 28, 2013 6:47 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

A kaliedoscope!  Oh those are amazing things, I haven't thought of them in ages.

February 28, 2013 6:47 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

A kaliedoscope!  Oh those are amazing things, I haven't thought of them in ages.

February 28, 2013 7:10 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Hey Park,
So nice to read a friendly voice. I saw Spot run too!

February 28, 2013 8:38 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

I looked at a telescope through the wrong end of a kaleidoscope and it just confused the hell out of me, it was a lot like reading Fox in Sox.

February 28, 2013 8:46 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Paolos,
A good magnifying glass at the front and back would clear it all up.....

February 28, 2013 9:10 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

PeterLake,  The last time I used a magnifying glass, the ants stopped moving.  I was told that the magnifying glass is off limits. Teachers! Go figure.

February 28, 2013 9:22 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Magnifying glass w/kaliedoscope:  tried it.  Bad idea.  It was like when I inhaled that time.  

February 28, 2013 9:26 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Paolos:  you didn't.  I know you did.  Don't tell but the boy across the street from our house when I was liked to do that - the victims were usually spiders.  Mea culpa big time.  I still feel bad, even though his hand was on the mag. glass. It was his mom who caught him red handed, and that was the end of that.  I think he moved on to matches, and then they moved away, which I think was a good thing.  

February 28, 2013 9:28 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

That's how I see the world all of the time..without the kaliedoscope. What a rush!

February 28, 2013 9:34 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

I have a kalideoscope screensaver. And when I have music on, it changes to the music. I can watch it while on the phone, because if I try to do anything else on the 'puter while on the phone, neither gets done right. 

February 28, 2013 11:19 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Miss Park ~ When I reach the end of my journey and my heart is placed on one side of the balance and the ants are piled high on the other, I will be grateful that these were ants and not elephants that I had picked out while looking through the wrong end of a telescope.

February 28, 2013 11:40 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

The airplane passenger, after being in his seat two hours, looked out his window, and said "Wow , look at those people down there, they're as small as ants..."  "They ARE ants" said the guy next to him, an obviously experienced flyer..."With this damn Sequester, and the Air Traffic Controllers being laid off, we haven't yet left the ground"  

March 01, 2013 2:04 AM
13091 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 janej78 said...

Dick and Jane was my first grade reading. I think maybe my favorite childhood books were
A Child's Garden of Verses and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. My son started off with Dr.Seuss, Shel Silverstein, and The Berenstain Bears...but by the time he was 4 he really liked Tin Tin and Asterix...and so did I....oh, and Pippi Longstocking.
 
 

March 01, 2013 2:22 AM
13091 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 janej78 said...

I forgot Roald Dahl...didn't know that about him, Stoney, but my son and I did enjoy his books. ... and I liked the movies made from his books too.
 
Peter Lake and Park4...I still like kaleidoscopes and always have a couple around just for fun.
 
bebe, my mind is slipping...or maybe I'm just really tired...yeah, that's it...but I thought of you yesterday...only now I can;'t remember why...I think it probably had something to do with food...darn...made me think of you, thinking you'd like...whatever it was! SAD! What did I eat? Thai food and.... HOT DOGS...that's it. Hi bebe.
 
Deaddoll999, so sorry about your mom....and job hunting. Tough! Hang in there.

March 01, 2013 6:15 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

Huuuuuuulllllllloooooooooooo JANE................it's cold & my tea is too hot to sip............I haven't had a hotdog in a while & it sounds really good right now................Good to see you...........I liked Mrs. Piggle Wiggle too & the book whose name completely escapes me.............oh, Uncle Wiggly...... my 4th grade teacher read that every day in the afternoon & I loved it.

March 01, 2013 10:38 AM
Stone_press_lapointe First-com Atomicman said...

Bebe......tried the Bon Appetit website and found nothing at all on Columbus, which is strange. It's not that bad a place. Am I doing something wrong?

March 01, 2013 10:44 AM
Stone_press_lapointe First-com Atomicman said...

Bebe... the other web site, is it Roadfood.com? If not, it is worth a check. It is awesome. Definitely some places to check out. Thanks.

March 01, 2013 11:17 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

ATOMICMAN......................I was not sure if BP would have a section for different cities. My subscription recently lapsed & I do remember they would feature various cities. I am sure that is Jane & Micheal Stern's site. I have never checked it out, but hear them on NPR. They immediately came to mind. Now I WILL have to check it out! Also, try NY Times travel section & also their frugal travel section online. They feature different cities & always have restaurant suggestions.Hope your trip is fun!

March 01, 2013 1:09 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

ATOMICMAN If you find a good eatery in Columbus OH, post a review on this site. If you find a terrible eatery that looked like it might be good, post a review on this site. I always look for a Tommy Typical recommendation here when I am traveling to close but distant parts. I try to just post the best of eateries but once it was so bad, I had to warn the traveling eYesters who are curious enough to take notice.

March 01, 2013 3:06 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Jane,
Good to see you here gain. I've always admired those 'steam punk' like scopes that I cannot afford. Incredible craftmanship that provides such simple pleasures.

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