Dr. Seuss meets the CPSIA
- Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) wrote children’s stories that were also often social commentary. Here is a great activity for creative students who love the style of Dr. Seuss. Pick a current event or controversy in the news today (ie: illegal aliens, health care, etc.) and write an imaginary story in classic Seuss style!
- I have chosen to write a story myself that demonstrates my strong feelings about a law I do not agree with — the CPSIA. You can read more about that law at the following links:
Not only will you love Heather’s Seussish spoof, you’ll be inspired to encourage your kids to write their own!
Her story begins:
- In the town of Beddubble, far out on the Moor,
there lived a small tot, who was not more than four.
- Little Annabelle Ruth (her close friends would recall)
had swallowed the string off a dilly-dunk ball.
- And then in the Spring of two thousand and one,
she died of the thing that the string must have done.
- They were sure of this fact, though the details were thin —
“Something HAS to be done, we have GOT to begin!”
- Those dilly-dunk balls that tots spin on a string
are quite dangerous toys — What a horrible thing! . . .
What fun! You can read the rest of Heather’s story here . . . And I hope you take on the challenge to write your own social commentary—Dr. Seuss style!