Conceptual design of Readingville

Upon entering “Readingville,” the focus of the exhibit shifts to the celebration of Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories. The Beginner Book series was specifically designed to help teach young people basic reading skills. Theodor Geisel’s clever illustrations combined with witty storylines and playful language created books that were wildly popular with children. This section of the exhibit features interactive elements themed to six Beginner Books: The Cat in the Hat (1957), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish (1960), Dr. Seuss’s ABC (1963), Hop on Pop (1963), and Fox in Socks (1965

Several other stories are represented in “Readingville” as well, many of which contain important moral messages. Discrimination, tolerance, and equality are addressed in The Sneetches (1961) as well as Horton Hears a Who! (1954). The Lorax (1971) focuses on environmental awareness while Yertle the Turtle (1950) represents a modern fable, warning of the dangers of selfish behavior.

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