For this Traditional Thursday I have picked a favorite childhood book of mine – The Cat in the Hat – a book that taught me to rhyme.
This children’s book is a classic by the one and only Dr. Seuss, also known as Theodor Seuss Geisel. Fun fact: we can owe part of the creation of the Cat in the Hat to the fact that Dr. Seuss first started writing children’s books because his wife could not have children.
The Cat in the Hat is a fantastic book to teach children how to read, first published in 1957. The book is about two children, bored on a rainy day when their mother is away. In walks a cat with a tall white and red hat and several tricks up his sleeves despite the fish being displeased.
The Cat in the Hat struts in and first tries to balance as many objects as he can bear while holding the fish bowl high in the air. Then he falls and makes quite a mess, causing the children and fish to get upset.
Before the children can successfully kick them out, the cat in the hat encourages them not to shout. He has one more game involving Thing One and Thing Two, two creatures that end up leaving the kids confused. Before they know it the things run all about the house, flying around a kite and knocking a lot of things down.
Before the mother walks back in, the Cat in the Hat brings a machine to sweep up the mess like a wind.
(That was me trying to creatively tell the story, channeling Dr. Seuss’s style and putting a spin on my blog. Excuse me for my rhyming abilities aren’t on par with Dr. Seuss’s.)
All in all, I really liked the book, especially as a child. The story is so fun that you barely realize you are learning to read and I think the Cat in the Hat character entrances the kids that are reading the book in the same way that the Cat in the Hat entrances the children in the book stuck on a rainy day. The premise of the story is so simple that all kids can relate to being bored and looking for things to do.
At the same time, this children’s book subtly hides the simple message of cleaning up after yourself and being responsible because otherwise you will have consequences to your actions. However, the theme isn’t as blatantly obvious as the book and the vivid illustrations still encourage children’s imagination and fun sides.
Regardless of the first publication date, this book will forever remain a classic!
By Kayla Staubi