Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite children’s literature icons to smile about.
This genius, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, knew children are intelligent folks who deserved lively literature.
His advertising work called for short, often rhyming blurbs that were also action packed & provided a fine catalyst for his real avocation ahead. His doodles from an early age proved his hands were hot-wired to an artist’s heart.
A cool part of the Theodor Geisel book world is his very own flag. His publishing house (where he also worked as an editor, RANDOM HOUSE) flew the Dr. Seuss flag at its Westminister, Md. warehouse, while his books were being shipped out.
For more on this national treasure, please see “Dr. Seuss from Then to Now,” A Catalogue of the Retrospective Exhibition, (organized by the San Diego Museum of Art, 1986. This catalogue/hardback book is the source of these tantalizing facts & many more…)
Make a squiggly heart, a loop de loop or pizza at
(A box of colored pencils to author M.R. Street of Blue Rock Rescue fame.)
A tree in CEDAR KEY
photo, Jan G. Annino 2008
A fishing net cast over a pole.
Seashells in the net.
(Let’s hope they are castaways &
weren’t taken live.)
Cheers at Christmas.
The necklace of Cedar Key islands tip-toeing into the Gulf of Mexico are where cedar forests were lumbered-out for the world’s pencils (think Faber pencils, etc.)
So I like it that the village of Cedar Key’s marina tree
isn’t using up a living one.
Muir fans know the Cedar Keys as the region where John
Muir regained his strength after his 1,000 mile walk to
the Gulf of Mexico. I wonder if in his knapsack on that trip he
kept his journal with the assist of a Faber cedar pencil.
Greetings from Florida & from Jan G. Annino, a book-published writer of creative-nonfiction, new writer of children’s literature, at work on an mfa in children’s literature from Hollins University.