Monday, March 2, 2009

Cat in the Hat - 50th Birthday

It's 50th Birthday of Cat in the Hat! Almost all the children in US are attached to every single words of the Cat in the Hat composed by Dr. Seuss long back. The Cat in the Hat was first published in 1957 that featured a cheerful cat that brought a bountiful harvest of happiness to a houshold of a couple of little children on rainy day, when their mom left them unattended. With some of the Beginner Books that The Cat inaugurated, the creator of Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss promoted it as a mojor component of elementary literacy all across the United States.

On Saturday, Feb 26th 2009, on Read Across America Day Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration the youth specialist at the Ashtabula Library Barb Tack, put together a costume that focused the kids on the story at Ashtabula Towne Square. Ashtabula Towne Square was waved by an insane mob of chuildren and adults. Debbie Tressler, an instructor with the Adult Basic Literacy Education Coalition said: “I can’t believe how many people came”. Even today when the world is run by mouse clicks and key strokes, Cat in the Hat still have a sensational effect in the market in USA. Tressler and her partner, Kathy found their bookstore at Kent State University-Ashtabula Campus being swamped with over 160 children. Kathy said, “Kids are getting to read early. You can tell they are excited”. Becky Wayman, program coordinator/recruiter for the Ashtabula County Adult Basic and Literacy Education Coalition, said that she had increased her publicity for that event and it paid off! This time it was a bit different, with fliers posted at the local elementary schools. Around 100 children, between kindergarten and grade fourth, got a free book each. The event had been sponsored by the Ashtabula County Literacy Coalition.

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