Children celebrate Dr. Seuss

Published 7:16 am Wednesday, March 3, 2004

By By JAMES COLLINS / Niles Daily Star
NILES -- A second grade class at Howard Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss' 100th birthday by remembering his legacy of unforgettable children's stories on Tuesday.
Jamie Zimmerman's class planned a day full of Seuss-related activities to salute the author's silly stories and original characters.
Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Mass. as Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904.
By the time of his death at age 87 in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies worldwide and continue to be among the most popular children's books today.
His books have been translated in more than 15 languages and have also been transformed into Hollywood movies and Broadway plays.
On Tuesday, fans across the world celebrated the work of one of the most inspirational children's authors of all time.
Zimmerman's second grade class began their day with a breakfast of green eggs and ham.
The class also created their own "The Cat in the Hat" costumes complete with bow ties, red and white striped top hats, tails, and whiskers.
To go along with the story's theme, the children were asked to write a story that involved them being home alone with no parents.
Another activity had the students share their favorite Dr. Seuss story with a small group of classmates.
The second graders brought in everything from "Yertle the Turtle" to "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish."
The students said Dr. Seuss' fun stories appealed to them for a variety of reasons.
Second grader Matthew Miller likes "that he makes up all kinds of weird creatures."
While the students' reasons all differed, it was apparent that Dr. Seuss' appeals to all children who pick up one of his books.
The class finished up their celebration with a Dr. Seuss cake made by one of the student's mothers.
Though Dr. Seuss may have passed away in September of 1991, his classic books will continue to live on in schools and homes across the world.