Ask children to name a favorite Dr. Seuss book, and it's likely they'll toss out "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" or "The Cat in the Hat" or "Green Eggs and Ham." The wacky rhymes of Theodor Seuss Geisel -- known as Dr. Seuss -- permeate American childhood. And March is the perfect time to celebrate the man, his iconic characters and his wild imagination: Friday, March 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday, and it's also opening day for the feature film "The Lorax" based on his book of that name. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the outlandish tale that began it all -- "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street."
Read on and see what Seussical happenings are scheduled on Long Island during March:
'The Lorax' opens Rated PG
An animated version of the book of the same name features the voices of heavy hitters Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito and Betty White. It tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who tries to help the girl of his dreams accomplish her longing to see a real, live tree. To find one, he must tangle with the grumpy Lorax. The movie release coincides with what would have been Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday.
Watch a Seuss marathon/PBS Kids
A two-hour marathon of the series "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" (8 a.m., Ch. 13; 10:30 a.m., Ch. 21) includes two new episodes. "Seasons -- Spring and Summer/Fall and Winter" takes the Cat, Nick and Sally on a journey through the four seasons, and in "When I Grow Up/Doing It Differently" Nick and Sally learn that trying a different approach can sometimes be the best way to solve a problem. The encore presentations include "Hooray for Hair/Ice Is Nice" and "Chasing Rainbows/Follow the Prints." Video clips from all four episodes will be available free online at pbskids.org/video and on the video app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
MARCH 2, 3 and 4
Dr. Seuss celebrations
The store will be hosting stories and kid-friendly activities, including a reading of several Dr. Seuss books, complimentary Dr. Seuss coloring pages and supplies and making your own Cat in the Hat-inspired hat. Pottery Barn Kids also is featuring Dr. Seuss' characters in the spring 2012 collection for the bedroom and bathroom, including such items as Cat in the Hat quilted bedding, hooded bath wraps and shower curtain.
MARCH 20, 27 and APRIL 3
631-399-1511 ext. 266, registration begins Tuesday
COST Free, open only to its library cardholders
In this three-part program, children in grades 2 through 6 will travel through the magical world of Dr. Seuss with the Lorax, his keeper of the trees. Begin by listening to the tale. Then, plant a tree in a Seussical pot you create. The trees will then begin adventures of their own, starting in the library's own land of the Lorax, where staff will cultivate and nurture them. Check your local library for similar programs.
75 Years of Imagination With Dr. Seuss
Two Dr. Seuss books will be read by local personalities, and children can take photos in front of a "Mulberry Street"-themed backdrop. The Cat in Hat will be there in costume. An episode of the PBS Kids "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That" will be shown, and children can decorate a Mulberry Street bookmark and Dr. Seuss-inspired crowns and tiaras. A parade with the kids will start and end in the center court of the mall, and at the end, kids will receive goody bags with Dr. Seuss giveaways, such as pencils and stickers. One hundred Simon Malls across the country are participating in the next month, but only Smith Haven is holding an event on Long Island.
Many school kids across Long Island will celebrate Dr. Seuss through Friday's annual Read Across America Day and some schools' annual Parents as Reading Partners programs. At Northeast Elementary School in Amityville, for instance, students will study Dr. Seuss and his works all through March in the library. The program will be launched with a reading of "And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street," and students will write their own silly Dr. Seuss-style stories. Silly hat day on March 30, inspired by The Cat in the Hat's topper, will cap the celebration.
Read 'Mulberry Street' digitally
"And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" is a new, universal app from Oceanhouse Media that's compatible with Android devices, Apple devices and the Nook Color, for $2.99. "Read it Myself" allows reading like a traditional book, "Read to Me" highlights each word as it is professionally narrated, and "Auto Play" has narration and turns each page.