Project Description

Session Description

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known by his pen name Dr. Seuss, was a writer and cartoonist who published over 60 books. He published his first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, under the name of Dr. Seuss in 1937.

Key questions answered:

  • How did Dr. Seuss get started?
  • What is the most popular Seuss book?
  • What is the message of the Sneetches story?

Dr. Seuss’s very first book for children! From a mere horse and wagon, young Marco concocts a colorful cast of characters, making Mulberry Street the most interesting location in town. Dr. Seuss’s signature rhythmic text, combined with his unmistakable illustrations, will appeal to fans of all ages, who will cheer when our hero proves that a little imagination can go a very long way. (Who wouldn’t cheer when an elephant-pulled sleigh raced by?) Now more than eighty years old, this story is as timeless as ever.

And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street

Fun Activity Sheets

Directions:  Every Book Talk session has “Fun Activities” that you can download, print and share.  The activity sheets include coloring, observing, building and learning.  Some of the activities are tied to the book or topic of the session, others are not.  Either way, it is my hope that you will have FUN!

Download and print one or more of these sheets.  Then using markers or crayons, decorate the sheet.  Next, create a brief story based on the picture (or pictures) you colored.  Finally, share your picture or story with Steve at:

Sneetches Coloring Sheet
Star On or Off Machine Coloring Sheet
Thing One or Two Coloring Sheet

Observation activities are designed to get you thinking outside the box.  It is my hope that you will see things in a new way, with a different perspective.  The skill of observing is helpful in reading as well as life.

Observation Sheet – What do you see

Dr. Seuss wrote stories with rhyming words.  Using this Building Sheet see if you can create a funny story or poem that rhymes.  Then, draw some pictures to go along with it.  Have fun!

Building Activity – Build a Story

Dr. Seuss wrote a story called “What Pet Should I Get” more than 60 years ago.  Somehow it was lost and never published until July 28, 2015.  Checkout the book from the library or watch the YouTube read aloud version below.  Then download the learning sheet and see if you can explain what pet you would get?

Watch the Video:  What Pet Should I Get

Learning Activity – What Pet Would You Get

Learn a Trick – Magic Tricks You Can Do

Directions:  Watch the video tutorial for the magic trick called the Hypno Straw Magic trick.  Next, download and print the Magic Fun Sheet below.  This sheet provides written instructions for the trick in the video as well as a couple of bonus activities.  The video and the fun sheet are from my Amazing Magic Camp.  If you would like to learn more magic tricks or if you ever wanted to take magic lessons consider signing up for for this unique virtual camp.

Hypno Straw Magic Fun Sheet

Hypno Straw Solution

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Theodore Geisel wrote many books, both in a new, simplified vocabulary style and using his older, more elaborate technique.  Over the course of his career, Geisel published more than 60 books. Some of his more well-known works include:

A major turning point in Geisel’s career came when he wrote a children’s primer using 220 vocabulary words called The Cat in the Hat.  The success of The Cat in the Hat cemented Geisel’s place in children’s literature.

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” Readers follow Sam-I-Am as he adds (and adds) to the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham and the friends to enjoy them with. The book is written for early readers, with simple words, rhymes and lots of illustrations.

This previously never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!

Published in 1990, the year before Geisel’s death, this book is the classic sendoff for kids of all ages, from kindergarteners to college students. Dr. Seuss teaches readers that success is within you, illustrating life’s inevitable highs and lows.