Annette Laing's The Snipesville Chronicles
The Cat in the Hat
Classics , Elementary , Fiction , Learning to Read / March 18, 2018

March celebrates Dr. Seuss and what book is better known as a Seuss classic than the 1957 classic The Cat in the Hat? Although my kids are long past this reading level, we still have a selection of favorite Dr. Seuss books on the shelf–The Best Nest, Dr. Seuss’s ABCs, and The Cat in the Hat! The premise of the book is two kids home alone and bored suddenly find an entertaining cat has walked through the door, much to the chagrin of their pet fish, who continually reminds them that their mother will be home soon. The cat makes a huge mess, but cleans up after himself valiantly. The story’s motto? It’s hard to pinpoint, but digging into the history of the book, Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), is said to have been challenged to write an engaging children’s book with fewer than 250 words. It’s also said that he was thumbing his nose at the Dick and Jane books, which he found uninspiring. Looking around the internet, there are many interpretations of this book, however, for kids it’s just a lot of fun. Rhymes? Check. Nonsense? Check. For parents it makes a short bedtime story, and that’s always a…