The Cat In The Hat

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Blog: Book Reviews, comments on Authors (last two were Kids Books) Pictures: Pictures I have taken or liked, not connected to other themes What Matters: Thoughts on Core Values

 Thoughts on This Post: Most of what I have written about in this section is nor children book stories. That said think about this quote: "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest."~ C.S. Lewis

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

 -Albert Einstein


The Cat in the Hat, by Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss), was first published in 1957. It is a story about a tall human like cat who dresses in a red & white striped hat with a red bow tie.  

With his companions, "Thing One & Thing Two" they try to entertain some neighbors and wind up wrecking the house.  Finally the Cat uses a special tool to clean everything up. He then says his goodbyes and disappears just before the children's mother walks in.

The book offers lessons that need to be learned. For example The Cat in the Hat is about stranger danger. Although it may seem fun to let a big cat into your house, maybe think twice. That's just common sense for all ages.

This is the book that made Dr Suess famous. It kicked off an emphasis on beginning readers books. The focus on imagination for the characters and the ease of reading resulted in these books being read over and over again. Children learned to read from them.

Characters: The Cat in the Hat,Thing One,Thing Two, Sally, Sally's brother, Fish & Mother

More on Shakespeare, the "Human Condition", and the last post.

William Shakespeare is known for some insightful quotes. I like this one below. It "connects for me" to the question of "why the words in the prayer didn't fly up". (prior post, which by the way has been updated) 

In Act 1, Scene III of Hamlet, Polonius says,

“This above all: to thine own self be true
And it must follow, as the night the day
Thou canst not then be false to any man/Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!" 


In the "What Matters" section of this blog I have pondered being true to ones self and found that it can be selfish or helpful to others. You will have to check that section if you want to have a good guess at why the dog picture is below. 

Take a look. Hope your true to your thoughts so that they can indeed fly up.


PS: Remember once a long time a go when a farmer told me "all that matters is the land"?  Tricky this "What Matters" question.

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