Best Dr. Seuss tales with an educational twist

Aug 2, 2012 at 5:10 a.m. ET

Born Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss is one of the most well-known and best-selling children's authors. Using clever rhymes, unique characters and engaging illustrations, he made learning to read fun and introduced a number of important life lessons.

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Learning is Fun

One of the most beautiful gifts that Dr. Seuss gave us was creative and silly ways to approach early-learning. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish ignites the imagination and encourages reading, as children learn to count and recognize their colors. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? teaches fun sounds that encourage kids to read along and aid in speech development. Green Eggs and Ham is a wonderful book for beginning readers, with fun rhymes and word repetition that help to encourage learning (and possibly make tummies grumble).

Follow your dreams

Oh, the Places You'll Go! and Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! are two of Seuss' books that encourage us to follow our dreams as far as our imaginations can take us. He also encourages us to recognize setbacks and stumbles as nothing more than pebbles in the road, rather than stopping points. Both books make wonderful gifts for anyone who is transitioning into a new chapter in their life, whether it's going to a new school, college or even starting a new job.

One person can make a difference

In Horton Hears a Who, Horton the elephant teaches us that a person's a person, no matter how small. He demonstrates that it is possible for one person, or elephant, to make a difference. He also shows us that even if it doesn't seem like a big deal at the time, it's important to do what we believe is right.It can make a huge impact in the lives of others. Just ask the good people of Who-ville. Horton kept them safe while all of the animals around him told him he was ridiculous and wrong. This is a valuable lesson for any child — especially as they begin school and are exposed to new children and peer groups.

Protect the environment

The Lorax is a classic tale that teaches several valuable lessons about the importance of protecting the environment. The story is about the Lorax, a small, orange creature, who speaks up for the Truffula Trees, and the greedy Once-ler who zaps all of the resources of the forest for his own gain. The Lorax is a powerful story that teaches the importance of respecting the space of others and the impact that one person can make on an entire community.

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