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Seuss-Inspired Recipes

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Foods referred to come from Dr. Seuss's books, of course!

New tricks for an old dog

Hot dogs are a kid's favorite! Whether frankfurters were a favorite meat of Ted Geisel, we can't be sure, but they often appear in Dr. Seuss titles. Look for them in Happy Birthday to You, Hunches in Bunches, and The Sneetches.

Strange hot dog-like sausages also appear to be what the Nook with the hook cook book tries to cook in One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. The zable on the table in There's a Wocket in My Pocket appears to be enjoying the same. And the snack that Brown and Black enjoy in Hop on Pop includes a string of frankfurters.

Read it, eat it: hold your own "frankfurter party" a la The Sneetches. Read favorite stories around a campfire as you roast hot dogs. Or celebrate the origins of the hot dog and Geisel's German heritage with bratwursts and root beer.

Would you like a drink with that?

How about something pink? Five hundred gallons of pink lemonade are ready to be guzzled in If I Ran the Circus. Or pink ink for the Yink that winks and drinks in One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. (Try making strawberry flavored milk "ink" for your Yinks.) But do stay away from sweetened carbonated beverages to avoid a fate like Silly Sammy Slick who "sipped six sodas and got sick sick sick" in Dr. Seuss's ABCs.

A just dessert

No birthday party is complete without cake! Check out the creation of Snookers and Snookers, the famous cake cookers in Happy Birthday to You. "Made of guaranteed, certified strictly Grade-A peppermint cucumber sausage-paste butter!" Now that may not sound very appealing, but ask young readers and eaters if it is better or worse than propylene glycol monoesters and cellulose gum!

Perhaps they can come up with something altogether better: hold a cake baking and/or cake decorating contest as part of your Read Across America celebration. Invite guest readers to be cake tasters and judges, and give out lots of awards: The King's Stilts Award for the tallest cake; the Gerald McGrew Award for the best use of animals on a cake; the Sleep Book Award for the most soporific cake; the Daisy-Head Mayzie Award for best use of flowers on a cake; and so on. Awards could be actual books and/or certificates. And for the grand prize winner: a chance to eat cake in a bath tub -- just like the Cat in the Hat!

Creative cooking

"But a Nook can't read, so a Nook can't cook."
--One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

It's true. Even if you want to microwave a bag of popcorn, you need to be able to read the instructions. Talk with kids about their favorite things to eat and ask them what it takes reading-wise to serve it up. Bring in cookbooks and magazines with recipes and discuss some of the abbreviations and vocabulary unique to cooking.

Once students are familiar with how to write a recipe, have them create one for "Schlopp" -- "Schlopp. Schlopp. Beautiful schlopp. Beautiful schlop with a cherry on top!" from Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! Encourage them to be innovative, but set some boundaries in case you actually want to let them make and eat their creations!

Beyond normal things to eat

Whatever do you feed an Umbus? Or a flock of Bipo-no-Bungus? A Bloog? A Guff? Gee, this is tough! Seuss creatures most likely eat most unusual things, like the Foon from If I Ran the Circus, "who eats sizzling hot pebbles that fall off the moon!" Ask young readers to create a daily menu (complete with recipes and serving instructions) for the many fuzzy, furry, feathered, fantastic folk found in more than a few Seuss favorites.

The Super-Supper March

Kids will find lots of food fun as they sing for their supper from The Cat in the Hat Songbook. Seuss's The Super-Supper March is sure to cause all kinds of cravings for goulash, goose-moose burgers, and chocolate mush-mush. Nothing like a little musical interlude as part of a fine reading and eating celebration!


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