This is the birthday of Cat in the Hat--a book which changed the lives of thousands of beginning readers. Dr. Seuss provided entertainment for boys and girls using the very same words used in the dreadful Dick and Sally, Spot and Puff early readers.
His legacy is seen now in all the beginning readers which feature real stories and good illustrations for those children raring to read. Dick and Jane are still available in bookstores for those who want to see how big the contrast is. I don't know why they are still for sale really, except for sentiment's sake. I still have an original printed in the 40's.
Hats off to Theodore Geisel and his legacy. I really think One Fish, Two Fish is better.