Readingville

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 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. Quotes 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. Behind Horton, visitors will find buttons to push and hear Seussian sounds. 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 an interactive three-dimensional figure of the famous Cat in the Hat.

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