Dr. Seuss’ Unfinished Manuscript and Other Finds

Celebrating Dr. Seuss!

It happened AGAIN this year. I forgot Dr. Seuss’ birthday so I am updating my post from last year and will try harder this year. I did spend the last year reviewing the really excellent iPad/iPhone ebooks by OceanHouse Media who has the exclusive license for Dr. Seuss. Here are my son’s favorites (he’s six but started playing on these apps since he was 4).

The Lorax story and game
Up with a Fish game
One Fish, Two Fish ebook
Dr. Seuss camera app for iPhone
Lorax app game

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel)! We miss you!
p.s. And did you know about the Geisel Awards for most distinguished American book for beginning readers? 2010 winners here.


I missed Dr. Seuss Day yesterday and I’m not surprised. I’ve been missing even more important birthdays lately, like my neices’! Somewhere in my system going from paper to a computer calendar, I failed to transfer and designate in bold colors, important birth dates to remember. That should all change now, because two days ago, I bought an iPhone. I’m still trying to figure out my gizmo, but I hope to locate my birthday book with all my important birthdays written down and transfer them to my electronic calendar. And then I will remember Dr. Seuss next year. And Chinese New Year’s. And all my nieces.

But to get back to Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel; what a gloomy world it would have been if Dr. Seuss wasn’t born! Here are our favorite books. My 5-year-old son especially likes to make me read Fox in Socks knowing that I’ll stumble and reminds me about the well placed warning on the front page about the danger of tangled tongues. Wild About Books is a loving homage to Dr. Seuss by two of my favorite authors, Judy Sierra and Marc Brown. Look for references to Dr. Seuss and his body of work throughout this gem. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish started my son’s fascination with tongue twisters, as in “faster mommy!”

My daughters’ both loved the board books that are now well-worn and include There’s a Wocket in My Pocket , The Foot Book, and Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? I used to play with their feet to accompany The Foot Book and they both loved that; well, at least my girls did, my son, not so much.

Finally, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day was a script that Dr. Seuss never finished but was lovingly finished by one of our favorite children’s poet Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith, in which state “test scores” don’t suck the life-blood out of a very special school that teaches kids to THINK!

So, Hooray for Dr. Seuss! May every day be brightened by a little Dr. Seuss in your child’s life!


To examine any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book

ps These great books are also available as iPhone/iPad ebooks.

pps. Here’s a funny video of the fastest reading of Fox in Socks, EVER!

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Lynette Mattke

    Dr. Seuss is a real treasure. He has given a great gift to so many children – and revolutionized the notion of beginning reader books. As much as Dick and Jane have a place in our hearts, can you imagine a world without One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish? All three of my kids learned to read with that book on their lap!

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that our company, Oceanhouse Media, has a license from Dr. Seuss Enterprises to bring the entire line of classic children’s books to the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. So far we have published six eBooks, games and activity apps. All are available on Apple’s App Store. We began with an enormously successful launch of three apps based on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” this past holiday season. Recently, we released “The Cat in the Hat” and “Dr. Seuss’s ABC” eBooks and “Dr. Seuss Camera – The Cat in the Hat Edition.” Many more are coming soon.

    Please check our latest press release for more information and artwork at:

    To learn more and see video demos please visit our website at:

    I’d be happy to send promo codes if you are interested.

    Thank you,

    • I think that Oceanhouse Media creates the BEST interactive and high quality ebooks experiences for iPhone/iPad/iPod out there. Congratulations for being number one at iTunes store for ebook apps. I can see why!

  3. Don’t worry about missing the day. Your excellent post at the Women’s History Blog (http://kidlitwhm.blogspot.com/) more than made up for that. I left you a message there.

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