Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

by Vicky on March 11, 2012

It was an amazing week of immersion in the wacky world of Dr. Seuss, starting on March 2, his actual birthday, when I was invited to a local ECEAP preschool to present a Seuss story time.

Green Eggs and Ham has always been one of my favorite Seuss books, although the book and I got off to a shaky beginning.  It was a gift from a dear friend of our family, and I read it immediately after stuffing myself shamelessly at our Christmas dinner.  Suddenly I wished I hadn’t eaten quite so much.

It works well as a puppet show!  For audience participation, have the kids listen for the refrain: “I do not like them, Sam-I-am.  I do not like green eggs and ham.”

That is their cue to chorus:

He doesn’t like green eggs and ham.  He doesn’t like them!

By next year I need to laminate the stick puppets I created for the puppet show, so they will last through many more years of Dr. Seuss birthdays.

I also need to sew cloth bodies instead of paper bags for Sam-I-am and his big friend.

The kids really wanted to play with my puppets, but my quickly-produced hand puppets and stick puppets were too fragile.  

And who could blame them?  These characters and the story are irresistable!

Fortunately, the kids in my family story time got to make their own finger puppets and play with them in the puppet theater!

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