Conceptual design of Readingville

Upon entering “Readingville,” the focus of the exhibit shifts to the celebration of Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories as well as rhyming, alphabet, and story games with a focus on honing reading skills.

  • The ABC Wall is an interactive larger-than-life version of Dr. Seuss’s ABC (1963). As children touch various letters, they hear the phonetic sound of the letter being pressed, and the artwork from the book appears on the wall with the associated text below. Parents and caregivers will expand on the educational possibilities of the ABC Wall by making a game out of the letters, instructing children to find specific ones or to identify the letter with which certain letters begin.
  • In Green Eggs and Ham WordPlay, children enter the railroad cave from Green Eggs and Ham (1960) to find word game stations. The games are based on rhyming vocabulary of the story, and have been designed with different levels to serve a variety of age groups. The youngest visitors rhyme pictures of objects, and older children rhyme written words. More advanced readers can play a rhyme racing game. The cave area is constructed from an open side to encourage guidance and participation from adults.
  • Wump of Gump. In front of a One fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960) mural sits the Wump of Gump, a seven-humped creature belonging to Mr. Gump. Children can climb around and onto the Wump, pretending to ride behind Mr. Gump. Wuotes from the story surround the characters and the scenes, allowing families to read favorite portions of the story aloud as they play.
  • The Lorax (1971). Behind tall Truffula Trees, visitors enter the Island of Sala-ma-Sond and find a tall, sculpted stack of turtles, Mack on the bottom and King Yertle on the top. Next to the sculpture is an empty stone throne and fifteen soft foam turtles. Children create their own stack, balancing the turtles higher and higher.
  • Horton’s Whoville Band. Visitors encounter Horton, holding the clover in his trunk, as well as the Wickersham Brothers, Vlad Vlad-i-koff, and the kangaroos. Next to Horton, fanciful Who instruments line the wall for children to play. Horton Hears a Who (1954).
  • Cat in the Hat (1957) Step into Ted Geisel’s imaginary world he created as the renowned author Dr. Seuss. The first character that visitors will encounter will be the three-dimensional figure of the famous Cat in the Hat. The arms, legs and tail can be arranged in different poses. Children will also be challenged to see how high they can stack up soft sculptural books, plates and cakes.
  • Story Block Station Visitors can use this set of loose story blocks to assemble a simple Seuss-like narrative. Each of these flat rectangular blocks has a picture and a short rhyming element on either side. Visitors place the blocks in a sequence to create a short “story.” There is no right or wrong sequence of story elements and a nearly infinite number of stories can be assembled using this wonderfully open-ended language and reading game.

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