Finding an Old Friend

The title may be misleading. This is very metaphorical. Having been an English ed major, general book worm, and readaholic, an old friend to me is usually a good book. Though I’ve graduated I’ve been subbing everywhere and anywhere I can. Monday, I had the joy of being a librarian for the day. Sitting in a very nice middle school library, I got the itch to walk around and stretch my legs.

As I made my promenade through the shelves and around the room, I came across a dear friend. A friend that helped lead me to where I am today. A friend that I hadn’t seen in a number of years; that brought back all of the memories of the first time I saw it, all of the feelings of wonder and questions that I had.

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It’s part of the Royal Diaries series, the same people who do the Dear America books. Elizabeth I, Red Rose of the House of Tudor. I was fortunate enough to grow up 2 blocks away from the library. I read through the entire Princess Diaries series and the Dear America books. I’ve also read all of the Magic Treehouse books. Though I love them dearly, none of them compared to this. Something about this book struck a chord. Sitting on the front porch of our little house, in the sunshine of summer, I was infatuated.

Fast forward 16 years and now I’m teaching. I’ve taught freshmen about Queen Elizabeth I twice during pre-reading for Shakespeare. I’m preparing to take the history praxis. I am encouraging students to read, hoping that one of them will find “the book.” The one that turns their life upside down. The book that years after they have me, they’ll see on a shelf, or their own child will bring home, and they’ll remember. I hope they will think “I remember you, hello my dear, old, friend.”

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“The Cat in the Hat”- Dr. Seuss

Its a little late but the wonderful amazing Dr. Seuss’ birthday has just recently passed! I have a list of books a mile long, novels, classics etc…why in the world would I do a review on “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss!? Well it’s simple really, a friend of mine referred it to me as a book I should read. My first instinct was just as yours might be, why would I do that!? But then I realized how silly it was to NOT. Dr. Seuss for me, as I’m sure for many children through the years, inspired me. He inspired my imagination and ecouraged me to read. Reading Dr. Seuss is like stepping into a world of silly adventure, with a little story and something to learn at the end. And let’s face it, WHO DOESN’T LIKE “The Cat in the Hat!?” I love this book. It’s one of my favorites. Having a little brother myself, and being the older sister I can relate to this book. Written in 1957, the book has reverberated throughout generations of children. Bringing giggles and jumps for joy as it is usually one of the first books one learns to read. The crazy cat brings chaos and destruction to the lives of 2 children left alone. I remember thinking that I wish the cat would come spend a day with my brother and I. Dancing around the house, breaking dishes and playing with the fish are pretty common practice around our house so I don’t think he would really have a need to come visit though 😀 Like the children’s mother, my mom is somewhat of a germaphobic neat freak (she has gotten better though) so I totally understood Sally’s woe in the Cat destroying her house. My brother tends to be the clown and although he’s not a trouble maker, some days getting him to chill with the jokes can be a challenge. It is very easy to compare and relate to many of Seuss’ books which I think adds to their popularity. What more can you say about this book though? It’s epic success or how ingenious it is? It has been translated into Latin with the title Cattus Petasatus and into Yiddish with the title “di Kats der Payats.” You know a book is epic when it’s translated into Yiddish (just sayin). It was nice, after reading such complicated books with big words and that are over 100 pages in length, to just read Dr. Seuss. Some days going back to basics, where one started, where the exciting world of reading began is the best thing in the world. Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat,” will continue to stand the test of time and forever be one of my favorite books.

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