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Celebrating 116 Years Since The Birth Of Dr. Seuss

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. So today, we are commemorating one of the most beloved children's authors - Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. He would have been 116 years old today. Lots of schools are celebrating National Read Across America Day today. And we have a little tribute of our own. Steve, you want to do this?

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Absolutely. Here we go.

(SOUNDBITE OF JESSE HARRIS' "KARASS (INSTRUMENTAL)")

GREENE: We've had noses in stories of Lorax and leet (ph). We've read all the way down one Mulberry Street.

INSKEEP: Oh, the places we've been and the pops we've hopped on. Oh, the Whos we've heard and the doors we've knocked on.

GREENE: We've met cats in hats, counted fishes and sheep, interviewed foxes in socks-es (ph) without any sleep.

INSKEEP: We've followed hunches in bunches to get to the truth. We've thunk (ph) all the thinks from a studio booth.

GREENE: We've stuffed pockets with Wockets - well, we call it gear. Recorded choices of voices to make things more clear.

INSKEEP: We read with our eyes shut because you said we could, ate green eggs and ham as you insisted we should.

GREENE: We Yertled (ph) with turtles and a big-hearted moose, and we'll never forget that so thanks, Dr. Seuss.

INSKEEP: You said it the best. What's truer than true? No one alive is you-er (ph) than you.

GREENE: You asked the best questions, the toughest by far. So happy birthday from Morning Edition and NPR.

(SOUNDBITE OF JESSE HARRIS' "KARASS (INSTRUMENTAL)") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.