Happy Dr. Seuss Day

Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as children’s book author Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2nd 1904 and to celebrate his birthday, I had a bit of fun matching up a few of my photos with some quotes from the “winning-est writer of all”. Although the grouchy, cave-dwelling Grinch is my favourite character, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” wins my heart for both story and spirit and these are some of my favourite verses:

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.

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It’s opener, out there,
in the wide, open air.

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You will come to a place
Where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted.
But mostly they’re darked.

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Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

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On and on you will hike
and I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems,
whatever they are.

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You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!

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Kid, you’ll move mountains.

xxx Ailsa

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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102 Responses to Happy Dr. Seuss Day

  1. Gunta says:

    My favorite author and great shots to go with the quotes! Great work (or is it play?)

  2. Tina Schell says:

    SO fun! Great job Ailsa!

  3. What an assortment of wonderful pictures! It makes me realize just how many places you’ve gone 😉

    • ailsapm says:

      Goodness, now you mention it… I feel pretty lucky to have seen so many wonderful places so far… but oh, the places I’ll go! 🙂

  4. jaggh53163 says:

    My ALL-TIME favorite book also. It goes to every high school graduate in the family!!

  5. Lynne Ayers says:

    What a great, great post! I love it.

  6. That’s also my favorite Seuss’ poem and I give that to new employees as part of their welcome pack :). This is a great version with photos of your own travels to prove the point of the poem.

  7. seeker says:

    this is my favourite book. I give this to my nephews and nieces who graduated from high school and they are off to a bigger world. Scarry!

  8. Thanks Ailsa! I am a big Dr. Seuss fan. Oh! The Places You’ll Go has been a favorite since my preschool teaching days. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

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  10. Sas says:

    Love it 🙂

  11. Very clever post! I love Dr Seuss’s books. 🙂

  12. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Absolutely brilliant!

  13. Debbie says:

    What a fantastic idea. I love Dr Seuss and your photos match brilliantly.

  14. Piggletino says:

    Aww this is beautiful! You’ve made a great match with the words and I love that picture with the lantern in the foreground!

    • ailsapm says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Piggletino – that shot of the lantern was from a rooftop in New York during Earth Hour – it was pretty cool to see most of the big city blacked out for the hour. xxx

  15. pommepal says:

    The photos are so perfect for the text

  16. Fun idea and wonderful photos!

  17. fgassette says:



  18. Haikugirl says:

    My favourite Dr Seuss! I bought the book of this when I was living in Japan and needing a bit of encouragement to keep going. Love it. 🙂

  19. This gave me chills. Fabulous!

  20. Creative and made me smile!

  21. I’ve got shoes on my feet to travel too. I’m off to Vietnam with my backpack.

  22. ideflex says:

    Love Dr.Seuss and your matching photos – don’t know if anyone else is getting this but I only get your posts on the WP reader sporadically or very late and then they get inserted sort of retroactively in stuff I’ve already gone through – I do still get notifications by email, thank goodness….

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi ideflex, you’re not the only one, there’s been some weirdness in the appearance of posts for about 2 months now. I submitted a ticket to WordPress a couple of weeks ago and they still haven’t found a solution so I am exploring other options such as self-hosting to solve the problem. Hoping to get it fixed soon!

  23. I love your imagery! What a great way to honor Dr. Seuss. The pictures were so fitting.

  24. Loca Gringa says:

    Oh the places you’ve seen,
    and the pictures you’ve taken,
    Not for green eggs and ham,
    A Seuss in the makin’ …

    Love it 🙂

  25. sirfelion says:

    Thanks for liking my latest post. Dr. Seuss was dear to my childhood, so many yrs ago now!
    Beautiful pictures.

  26. Brilliant!
    AnElephant’s tribute yesterday begins:

    AnElephantCant hide his excitefulness
    Today in sunny San Francisco
    With no inhibition
    He attends an exhibition
    Of his very most favouritest Super Hero


  27. choppy123 says:

    Love it, you can’t go wrong with Dr Seuss and your photos matched brilliantly 🙂

  28. Awesome post! What could be better than Dr Seuss and travel photos?! I love them both!

    • ailsapm says:

      Hurrah, I thought Dr Seuss and travel was a pretty good combination too, Jo, it was a wicked amount of fun finding photos that fit! 🙂

  29. LB says:

    Fabulous!! Thanks for putting that together so that we might all enjoy!

  30. markd60 says:

    Happy Dr. Seuss Day!
    I did a Facebook tribute, not nearly so nice though!

  31. CrazieTown says:

    I love me some Dr. Seuss! Thanks for stopping by and giving me a LIKE!

  32. museconfuse says:

    Dr. Seuss is awesome!! Love how you put it together with photos.

  33. Carole says:

    I loved this post. You’ve definatley travelled alot. The pictures fit the quotes perfectly!

  34. Love Dr. Seuss, love this story. The photos look great with it – it’s a poem that goes so well with illustration! My friends and I stayed up many a night painting the scene with purple elephants and transforming it into a mural…. clearly this post is making me a little nostalgic right now!
    Beautiful tribute. Especially love the scene with the logs that get progressively smaller into the sand 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh that mural sounds wonderful, Michal, did you get any photos? Glad you enjoyed my little tribute, it was a lot of fun to do! 🙂

      • I do, have some, they are hilarious – I’d love to send them your way! I am, however, still new to blogging… how do I do that?

        • ailsapm says:

          Well, you should write a post about them and then send me the link, or put the link to this page in your post, so that it will show up here in the comments stream. I think it would be an awful lot of fun! 🙂

  35. Irunsolo says:

    GREAT post! My favorite Dr. Seuss with an adult twist! Love it!

    • ailsapm says:

      Grin. I think this particular Dr. Seuss piece is just as applicable to adults as it is to kids, glad you enjoyed it. lrunsolo! 🙂

  36. Karen says:

    Love Dr Seuss! So enjoyed reading him out loud to my girls! Maybe even more than they did, ha! ha! But this was my fav and my youngest really did enjoy it too. It really captured her adventurous little heart. Cute!

  37. Daniel says:

    What a great homage to an incredible literary master!
    This is definitely one of my favorite books of all time, I even managed to incorporate it into a page on my blog!

    Daniel Santos

  38. Late to the party, but lovely post – you selected just the right pictures

  39. petit4chocolatier says:

    One of my favorites! Your pictures are breathtaking 🙂

  40. I thoroughly enjoyed this lighthearted pick me up a wonderful post to end my day with.

  41. kissmeunderthepinkblossomtree says:

    Hello Ailsa,

    I adore your post, it is beautiful and very inspiring, the words just spoke to me. I wanted to also take the time to thank you for visiting my blog and for your likes, it means a lot to me.

    Best wishes,

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  43. sjmm21 says:

    I love this like a million times!!!! My sister used to read Dr. Seuss book to me when I was little. Holy nostalgia, awesome idea!

  44. Nice homage to the great one. One of our faviourite NPR radio shows is “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.” Soo funny. One of their guests a while back was Dr. Seuss’s wife. Apparently he was a cheeky devil too.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hee hee, I love that show too, honey – I shall try to find a recording of that episode, I bet he was a cheeky devil, it wouldn’t surprise me. 🙂

  45. thelaurapenn says:

    “… a who is a who no matter how small!” did you read the NY Times Mag from Sunday? Northern Lights and travel writing. Great pieces and photos but none as good as “Where’s My Backpack”

  46. I loved the quotes and the matching photos.

  47. YellowCable says:

    Those are some street signs 🙂

  48. Thanks for quoting my favorite Seuss book, plus including some spectacular pictures!

  49. Breathtaking pictures!! It’s funny because our school recently did a performance of Seussical, so I like this post even more 🙂 Thanks for liking my post!

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