By Nancy Gutierrez
Theodore Seuss Geisel was born in 1904. At the age of 33 he published his first children's book titled, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," and so began the wrold of Dr. Seuss and the many childrens books that would come from the mind of Geisel.
March 2 marked Seuss' 100th birthday and to celebrate, the students at Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln elementary schools were treated to readings of Seuss' books by a variety of school and city representatives.
At Washington, Students were treated to a breakfast of green eggs and ham. Then at lunch the students were visited by Dr. Seuss' most loved character the Cat in the Hat, though students in the cafeteria were sure that it was Principal Tom Rooney. In Araceli Almanza's kindergarten class students listended as Suzanne Terrel, Director of Pupil Services in the Lindsay Unified School District, read "Green Eggs and Ham." Students Knew the story by heart and recited the words along with Terrell.
The national observance of Seuss' birthday is also a way for educators to reinforce the improtance of reading. The Association of American Publishers website provides research that shows that the development of early literacy skills through early experiences with books and stories is critically linked to a child's success in learning to read.