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100 years of Seuss

Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2004

From the front of the building to staff members and students decked out in "Cat in the Hat" costumes, Soldotna Elementary School was undoubtedly celebrating the 100th anniversary Tuesday of the birth of Theodor S. Geisel, known to millions as Dr. Seuss.

Author of more than 40 children's books, including "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat in the Hat," Dr. Seuss died in 1991.

Wearing a full "Cat in the Hat" costume, complete with red-and-white-striped stovepipe hat, giant red bow tie and, yes, a tail, school principal Carolyn Cannava, reads "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" to second-graders in Sherri Baktuit's class.


Soldotna Elementary School students gather round to help their teacher whip up a batch of oobleck.

Photo by Phil Hermanek

Later, the students gather around a great stainless steel bowl to help their teacher whip up a batch of oobleck a green sticky substance that once threw an entire kingdom into chaos, at least as the Dr. Seuss story goes.

Other teachers, staff members and students donned Seuss character garb during the day-long reading celebration that culminated with students feasting on tasty, homemade red-and-white-iced cakes.


Soldotna Elementary students celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Seuss.

Photo by Phil Hermanek

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