If Dr. Seuss were still alive, he would have had two weeks of parties to attend for his 109th birthday .
His birthday, which was Sunday, is being celebrated by area elementary students in honor of reading.
At Mannsville School, Dr. Seuss’ birthday was celebrated last week.
Karen Woolly’s second grade class challenged themselves to see how many Dr. Seuss books they could read during the week and pass the reading tests for those books.
“Dr. Seuss has inspired my students to read,” Wooly said.
The 11 students read a total of 59 books.
“I like to read his books. They are really great,” said second-grader Paisley Ryals.
Second-grader Sabina Morgan said the books were her favorite because they rhymed.
Other activities included making “Cat in the Hat” hats, wearing green to celebrate “Green Eggs and Ham,” and wearing pajamas for “Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now!” Plainview Primary School began a week-long birthday party and celebration of reading Monday.
“We’re focusing all week long on Dr. Seuss to stress the importance of reading,” said Principal Lisa Moore.
Moore read “The Cat in the Hat,” dressed as the title character, to her students during Rise and Shine.
“I liked having Mrs. Moore read to us because we read ‘The Cat in the Hat,’ which I like because it rhymes,” said second grader Matt Hanna.
Moore also challenged students to write their own ending to the story.
Many students said they would choose to tell their mother the truth about their adventures with the cat.
“You get in more trouble if you don’t tell the truth,” said second-grader Emerson Royse.
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Students realized the dangers of following the example of the cat.
“I liked the end when the cat left because I’m not a party boy. I’ve learned from my mistakes,” said second-grader Major Upshaw.
Telling the truth is a priority for the young students.
“God is watching me at all times, and my parents would ground me, so you always want to tell the truth,” said second-grader Carlee Sandwick.
Students were also introduced to the author’s inspiring biography during Rise and Shine.
“He was an incredible author who persevered,” said second-grade teacher Kelly Simmons. “He published imaginative stories and has stories with challenging words.
”Simmons’ class read “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” and made their own oobleck, a sticky green precipitation from which Bartholomew must save his kingdom.
“It was cool because if you punched it, it stayed solid,” said second-grader Jonathan Harris. “Then, if you put your hand on it, it would sink in.
”Some students also made their own hats like the infamous cat.
“I liked making hats because I like to color,” said second-grader Neda Fatima.