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Michelle Obama to Kick Off Read Across America Day

First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured, via) will kick off the 14th annual national Read Across America Day. Along with U.S. secretary of education Arne Duncan, she will read the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham in honor of Seuss’ 107th birthday.  Actress Jessica AlbaTop Chef, TV host Padma Lakshmi, and Super Bowl champion Donald Driver will also appear.

Here’s more about the event from its official website: “[National Education Association] NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. NEA’s Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.”

Readers can log on to the site to make reading pledges. So far California boasts the most reading pledges  in the United States with 334 submissions. The site has also collected international pledges from readers in Brazil, Finland, Germany, and Turkmenistan.

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Danny DeVito to Star in Adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Actor Danny DeVito will voice an orange environmentalist in an animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss‘ beloved book, The Lorax. The film joins a long list of Seuss adaptations: The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and Horton Hears a Who.

Zac Efron will play the human hero, Ted (named after Theodore Seuss Geisel), and Betty White will play his grandmother. The two villains will be voiced by Ed Helms and Rob Riggle. Helms will play Once-ler while Riggle will voice a new villainous creation.

The film will be shot in 3-D and release is tentatively set for 2012. The video embedded above shows a clip from the animated musical television special of The Lorax developed by CBS back in 1972.

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Dr. Seuss Manuscript Surfaces

Would you pay $1,000 for a handwritten Dr. Seuss book? That’s the current bid for a long lost Dr. Seuss manuscript up for auction at Nate D. Sanders. The collection is pictured above, via the auction site (click to enlarge).

The manuscript began almost forty years ago. The rhyme master wrote the first seven pages of the 19-page manuscript and an assistant completed the job. You can see Seuss’ corrections throughout the remainder of the manuscript. The story focuses on athletics: “All Sorts of Sports. Shall I play checkers? golf? croquet? There are so many games there are to play.”

The manuscript comes with a typed letter signed “Ted” (his full name is Theodor Seuss Geisel). Dated July 11, 1983, the letter reads: “What, in my opinion, is wrong with this story is that … despite the greatness of Pete as a stellar athlete hero … the negative image of him flubbing and unable to catch any ball at all will make him schnook. This is not entirely apparent in the text, but when you picture these negative scenes in illustrations, you will find that negatives are always more memorable than positives. And I think the reader’s reaction will be, ‘What’s the matter with this dope?’”

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