Postcards from Dr. Seuss

"Speak for the Trees," Mail Art by Nancylee on swap-bot

“Speak for the Trees,” Mail Art by Nancylee on swap-bot

Wouldn’t pulling this envelope out of your mailbox make you grin from ear to ear?  Maybe, that’s just me?  Swap-bot’s Nancylee so cheerfully decorated the envelope she sent to me in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday (in March) that I almost forgot to open the envelope!  The front was inspired by The Lorax; the back was inspired by none other than the Cat in the Hat.

Dr Seuss Bday Swap-1

Yes, she adorned the front and back with her imitations of Dr. Seuss characters.

Now, what was inside the envelope?  Two postcards from the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Massachusetts, Theodor Geisel’s (aka Dr. Seuss) hometown.  Although she has yet to visit the sculpture garden, Nancylee’s mom visited and sent her a bunch of postcards.

The first postcard features Horton of Horton Hears a Who and Horton Hatches the Egg fame standing inside the pages of a book.

"Horton Court,"

“Horton Court,” Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, Sculptor

A couple of my favorite Horton quotes:

from Horton Hears a Who–

Please don’t harm all my little folks, who
have as much right to live as us bigger folks do!

from Horton Hatches the Egg–

I meant what I said and I said what I meant.
An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent.

The second postcard features Yertle from Yertle the Turtle standing loftily on top of all the turtles of the pond.  Yertle is probably the favorite Seuss tale in our home.  We applaud the moxie of a “plain little” turtle named Mack who stands up for turtles everywhere.

"Yertle the Turtle,"

“Yertle the Turtle,” Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, Sculptor

My favorite quotes from the book:

I know up there on top, you are seeing great sights
but down here on the bottom, we, too, should have rights.

and of course,

And the turtles, of course… all the turtles are free
As turtles, and, maybe, all creatures should be.

The sculptures were created by Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, Geisel’s stepdaughter.  What a precious way to pay tribute to his memory and imagination!  If you’d like to find out more about the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, click the link.

 

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  1. I grew up with Dr. Seuss. As a child, I LOVED those books. I think some of my writing has been influenced by those very books. I got such a kick out of your envelope. Boy did that bring memories back!!! LOL ❤

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    • It’s nice having a child to revisit all of Dr. Seuss with. It’s nice reading Dr. Seuss as an adult and noting all the wisdom and critiques of society. The envelope? I love it! I only wish I could draw like that! 😉

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      • You and me both!!! I took one art class in college and I flunked it. LOL Honestly I did well, but then my Dad had a heart attack and open Heart surgery which I knew I just had to be there for. I had to fly to ge there due to he living in a state I did not. The teacher gave me an F because I could not complete all assignments. Yes, true story. Now I pour myself into my photography so I really don’t even have time to want to draw. LOL 🙂

      • At least you were brave enough to take an art class! And with Photoshop and all the iPad apps you can transform any of your photos into watercolor, oil, charcoal, etc.!

      • I KNOW!!! I could play all day IF I didn’t have such a busy Life!!! LOL Some of these apps are so powerful they blow me away. I’ve walked into a candy store. GRIN! LOL

  2. How awesome! Gotta love Dr. Seuss!

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  3. This post is absolutely stunning!

    …and to AmyRose: Your teacher was a jerk. A living Grinch.

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