Happy Birthday, Cat In The Hat! (2007)

The Cat in the Hat is 50!
Come celebrate with us! The much-loved Cat in the Hat is 50, and we'd like to celebrate the birthday by bringing the world of Dr. Seuss to life. We'll have lots of Dr. Seuss games, crafts, and fun at the Youth Services area in the Main Library -- and what are we serving for lunch? Why, green eggs and ham, of course!
This event is free for the entire family. We'd love to see you there, Sam-I-Am! We'll have a Seuss-ational time!
About the program
This program is sponsored by the National Children's Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization that provides training, prevention, intervention and treatment services to fight child abuse and neglect, as part of their Early Learning Opportunities Act (ELOA) grant.
About The Cat in the Hat
From seussville.com: "50 years ago, Life magazine published a provocative article by Pulitzer Prize winner John Hersey, entitled "Why Do Students Bog Down on the First R?" The article reasoned that children had poor literacy skills because children's books were simply boring ... Challenged to create a primer with true kid appeal and armed with word lists for beginning readers, Dr. Seuss's innovative genius prevailed and The Cat in the Hat was born. Published on March 1, 1957, and priced at $2.00, Random House's edition of The Cat in the Hat was an immediate hit and the reviews were overwhelmingly positive ... In her March 17 review in the the New York Times Book Review, Ellen Lewis Buell wrote, 'Beginning readers and parents who have been helping them through the dreary activities of Dick and Jane and other primer characters are due for a happy surprise.' The Cat in the Hat, she noted, is 'one of the most original and funniest of books for early readers.'"
About Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel
From seussville.com: "Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927 ... Geisel published his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading."