Have you ever read a Dr. Seuss book and wondered, "How'd he think THAT up?"
The Day I Met Dr. Seuss tells the rhyming tale of Annie G. Magee, a young girl who wants to meet Dr. Seuss and find out what makes him so unique. Not content to simply write to Dr. Seuss, Annie travels to his house, summons her courage and knocks upon the door. Dr. Seuss is not at home, but Annie isn't ready to give up yet! Discover the length of Annie's curiousity and determination and whether she meets with success.
While the events in the story never occurred, they could have.
The facts about Theodor Seuss Geisel are historically accurate and highlighted in the book's postscript. This story was one of the first Anne Emerick ever wrote and in 1990 she sent a copy to Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) to be sure the story would not offend him in any way. He replied that it did not. The Day I Met Dr. Seuss includes an author's note with the story behind the book's publication, a tale that should encourage any unpublished author with a string of rejection letters.
A peek at how the story begins...
Because Amazon's Look Inside Feature is only displaying the Introduction, we include a bit of the story here.
For years I had read of the Cat in the Hat
And Horton the Elephant, who faithfully sat.
Then one day reading Seuss just wasn't enough,
I wanted to know how Seuss thought up this stuff.
I wanted to know what went on in his head.
So I wrote him a letter. Here's what it said:
"Dear Dr. Seuss,
What makes you, you?
What makes you think the thoughts that you do?
Is there a secret that helps you to see
An elephant sitting alone in a tree?
It might be a secret you don't want to be found,
And so when reporters come sneaking around,
You hide your great Seussian secret away.
You greet them politely and always you say,
"I'm really quite normal, quite normal, you see.
Yes I am Dr. Seuss and who might you be?"
The claim that you're normal. Come on now, let's face it.
You haven't a fact upon which to base it.
You constantly rhyme. Is your flair for phonetic
Something acquired? Or is it genetic?
You say that you're normal, but I disagree.
Please tell me your secret. It'll be safe with me.
And I signed it,
Annie G. Magee"
Editorial Reviews Include:
"This ebook is a fun, quick read, that captures the rhyming cadences of Dr. Seuss. It would make a great read-aloud for any age or grade level"
"Emerick also includes a great deal of factual information about Dr. Seuss at the end of the story. This is a valuable addition to the book, and will be very useful for teachers and parents who want to use this story to introduce one of our great writers to their children."