The Clare Chronicles: Do you know whos who's week it is?

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By Clare Roth

Did you know it is Dr. Seuss week?  How many celebrate Dr. Seuss week? We celebrated it when we were in elementary school, but how many of you will take the time to read a Dr. Seuss book this week?

I have always loved Dr. Seuss, but I must admit, it has been a long time since reading one of his books. My favorite Seuss book has always been “The Lorax”, because the original Lorax movie was one of the first movies I had ever seen.  Afterwards, I was so amazed that I had to read the book again.

While I was looking for it, buried under piles and piles of books, I came across another Dr. Seuss book titled, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”.  That book reminded me why Dr. Seuss was my (and probably half of America’s) favorite author as a child.  To me, this book is one you could read at your high school or college graduation. “It is well written, inspiring, and would make a pretty good graduation speech.”

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places.
You’re off and away!
You have brains on your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

“See? Total graduating student kind of stuff.”

You can go anywhere in any direction you choose.  Dr. Suess is not trying to teach young kids the lesson of sharing. He is teaching them the lesson of life.

The next Seuss book I found was "The Shape of Me and Other Stuff".  Towards the end it says, “Of all the shapes we MIGHT have been...
I say, ‘HOORAY for the shapes we’re in!’”

Here, he is telling kids they should be happy and they are shaped like an actual person. He is not preaching relentlessly about how all children should have a good self-image, he is saying we should be thankful that we are not shaped like spiders.  "That is it, plain and simple."

Seuss is not worried about the deeper issues in life, instead he says "Why should he be? Why should anyone be anything other than happy about how they are shaped?"  We should just be happy we are not shaped like a Cockroach.

And finally I found "The Lorax".

Quote from The Lorax:
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not."

It may seem the entire book of The Lorax is about pollution, however this quote proves that to be wrong. The quote is saying that you can make a difference. No matter what you want to make a difference in, you can make one.

This also goes along with the infamous quote from Horton Hears a Who.
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

My point is that Dr. Seuss’s books are not just for little kids, instead they are for anyone who wants to go somewhere in life, accomplish something, or wants to make a difference.

"Dr. Seuss books are for the child and dreamer, somewhere inside all of us."

Happy Dr. Seuss week!