Saturday, January 17, 2009

Fox in Socks

I think everyone should have a favorite Dr. Seuss book. Why, you ask? Hmmm, well... it shows a level of imagination and whimsy. It allows others to identify with you on something other than color, creed, culture, and job description. It's also just fun. Play along with me...

My favorite Dr. Seuss book is Fox in Socks. I LOVE the tongue twisters. And just when you think the twister has gone as far as it can go...

New socks.
Two socks.
Whose socks?
Sue's socks.

Who sews whose socks?
Sue sews Sue's socks.

...Dr. Seuss finds another line to add to the silliness.

Who sees who sew whose new socks, sir?
You see Sue sew Sue's new socks, sir.

I love it! Reading it makes me smile. Every time! And when I used to read it to my son, we would literally laugh out loud!

Did you know, Fox in Socks was first published in 1965? It's older than I am!

My very favorite tongue twister in Fox in Socks is:

Let's have a little talk about tweetle beetles....
What do you know about tweetle beetles?

When tweetle beetles fight, it's called a tweetle beetle battle.

And when they battle in a puddle, it's a tweetle beetle puddle battle.

AND when tweetle beetles battle with paddles in a puddle, they call it a tweetle beetle puddle paddle battle.

AND when beetles battle beetles in a puddle paddle battle and the beetle battle puddle is a puddle in a bottle, {breath} they call this a tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle.

AND when beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles and the bottle's on a poodle and the poodle's eating noodles, {breath} they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle.

Now doesn't that make you smile?

Additional gee whiz information: Fox in Socks was translated into Hebrew in 1980, titled "He Came with Socks". In order to maintain the whole rhyming scheme, names and verses were changed. But the spirit of the book, as well as the artwork, remain the same. That too makes me smile.


kimmerbean said...

Just popping over from SITS to thank you for visiting my blog. I am such a huge fan of Dr. Seuss too and Fox in Socks has always been one of my favorites. (My dog even has a Fox in Socks toy!)

Megan said...

Hahaha I love it! Dr. Seuss is so fun! I like One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. =)

Thanks for visiting me!

Lauren said...

I love Dr. Suess...someday I want to collect children's books.

My favorite is Horton Hears a Who because it is all about a person being someone special "No matter how small!"

Sanctity of Life Sunday: If I had a congregation I would have read it to them.

Paul Merrill said...

Found you via middlezonemusings.

I liked your post on depression - a good description!

I'm glad Dr. Seuss is a curative agent. (I like his works too!)

Paul Merrill said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog - and for your honesty.

Hang in there!