I honestly admit that until recently I associated Doctor Seuss books with reading for very young people. Therefore I thought that both my daughter and I were already “done with them” by now. Then suddenly, something happened. During our last stay to Poland we visited a friend. One glance at her bookshelf made everything change. My daughter and I left the room with a pile of Doctor Seuss books, which we have not read before, and almost immediately we immersed ourselves in them. Then I quickly made a shopping list and after returning to Canada we managed to get 4 books. I am still looking for two more. Each of the four we found, turned out to be a balm for the heart and a concentrate of intellectual adventure. In addition, with pictures that are joy for the soul, in today’s world more and more often surrounded by ugly clip-art illustrations. Books “How the Grinch Stole Christmas, “All the Places You Will Go”, “I Had Trouble in getting to Solla Sollew”, and “Butter Battle Book” contain deep thoughts that can be valuable for reader of all ages.
Dr. Seuss exposes stupidity and evil. He does it with talent, truly brilliantly (I write in the present tense, because, although the author has already left us, the books are very much alive). His wise reflections get straight to the point. In addition, they are enhanced by illustrations impossible to forget. Plus, these books encourage thinking. Independent thinking, from which children are being discouraged these days. You can even say that it is beginning to be forbidden to children. That is why the books by Doctor Seuss, on which several generations have already learned to read, are invaluable.
Dr. Seuss was just doing his job very well. So well, in fact, that those who don’t like it, a few years ago organized, in his own homeland, a large-scale action, as a result of which his books were to disappear from all shelves. The action has already increased his popularity.
I think that among huge numbers of those who appreciate his work, everyone may admire something different about it. There are so many interesting sides to his creation, that there is a lot to choose from. Personally, I think I like his books the most for their warm, “human” style, very casual, which, combined with tons of humor, makes these books a remedy for every small, bad mood. Maybe it is so because they help to distance yourself from many things, and to see them for what they really are.