Recently, I have been seeing signs around with the infamous Dr. Seuss hat. Then realizing Dr. Seuss day is just around the corner I began to reminisce. Growing up I always loved looking at the pictures in Dr. Seuss books; and I would be ecstatic when one of the movies would come on TV. The wording in the books would be tricky but fun. And to this day, when I read his books to my kids I still stumble on the unique words sometimes.
The books are about nonsense…
However, a few years back a friend of mine mentioned that she hates Dr. Seuss books, refuses to read them to her children, and will not allow them to read them…EVER. She said this with such clarity and boldness that I knew she was serious. So I asked her why because they just seemed like fun books to me. She then replied with a list, rattling them off with her fingers one by one.
- He doesn’t use correct grammar.
- He uses made-up words.
- The books are about nonsense.
- The books lack storylines.
- The books don’t help the development of language skills.
As the conversation continued, I kind of tuned out and began to question my parenting skills. Am I being a bad parent for reading his books to my kids? Moreover, should I be concerned that I actually enjoy the books for myself every so often? I immediately felt guilty, worried, offended and slightly judged all at the same time. I was saying to myself, “what is the deal with Dr. Seuss?” Come to find out, many people have a grudge against his writing style – a mean a lot of people. Google it and you will see.
but it doesn’t really matter!
Well, it has been about six years since I had the encounter and I have to say… it doesn’t really matter. Both of my kids are school age now and doing just fine in the world of academia. What matters is that you read to your kids. Now that I think about it all the more… I wasted too many brain cells, back then, worrying about someone else’s opinion.
Special thanks to Tamarcus Brown for the photo.