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Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel)
Song For Teaching Lyrics and Sound Clip
Jonathan Sprout

This song is available on Jonathan Sprout's American Heroes #4

Theodore Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), known as Dr. Seuss, is the most popular and influential name in children's literature. He endured no less than 27 rejections before his first book was published. His 60 books have been translated into more than 15 languages, and have sold more than 222 million copies. Sixteen of them are among the top 100 best-selling children’s hardcover books of all time. His lifelong war on illiteracy earned him two Emmys®, a Peabody Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Eleven children's television specials, a Broadway musical and several feature-length movies have sprung from his books. He was a painfully shy, lighthearted defender of children’s rights who revolutionized the way children can learn to read. He demonstrated that words are fun and reading is joyful.

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind."—Theodore Seuss Geisel


There once was a man of remarkable wit
Who could find words that rhymed and then make them all fit.
Into stories that tantalized, tickled, and teased
With fantabulous pictures that playfully pleased.
He wrote about ooblecks and wockets and zoos
And Hunches in Bunches and Horton and Whos.
His style was whimsical, wacky, and wild,
And now he’s a hero to every child.
He made a lot of books we will never outgrow.
Now we know oh the places we’ll go!

Refrain: A! B! C!
(Dr. Seuss) Wrote the story of Mulberry Street.
(Dr. Seuss) Green eggs and ham that no one would eat.
(Dr. Seuss) Gave an account of Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose.
(We love Dr. Seuss!)
(Dr. Seuss) Introduced The Cat In The Hat,
(Dr. Seuss) A tree-top nest where an elephant sat.
(Dr. Seuss) Created dozens of creatures and set them loose
(We love Dr. Seuss!)

Tell me what was the tree that the Lorax could save?
And why did the Onceler refuse to behave?
Do you know what is there in McElligot’s pool?
Have you read of the Yook with the Kickapoo tool?
Would you dance to the beat of the Butter Up Band?
Do you feel for the Grinch in that faraway land?
Can you see what was wrong with the Star-bellied Sneech?
Do you get that each book has a lesson to teach?
With Hop on Pop and Fox in Socks, we stand and shout!
He made us laugh! So we have to sing about…


Bridge: One, two, three, four
Who’s the writer we adore?
Theodore Geisel, he’s the one!
He made reading so much fun!
A, B, C, D
Who’s the man who set us free?
Theodore Geisel, he’s the one!
He made reading so much fun!

He made a lot of books we will never outgrow.
Now we know oh the places we’ll go!


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Many thanks to Jonathan Sprout for permission to publish these lyrics.
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