Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer
Kaquae Morris sat on the edge of the bench and leaned forward to listen as the Cat in the Hat read the classic Dr. Seuss book, The Sneetches.
Kaquae laughed and clapped as Blanca Sotelo, a Duval Teachers United staff consultant dressed in the cat costume, read the tale of how the Sneetches were bamboozled by Sylvester McMonkey McBean, who teaches them a lesson about prejudice.
The students at Pickett Elementary listened intently as teachers yesterday read them three Dr. Seuss books. The children were hypnotized by Dr. Seuss' works.
Similar readings were held across the nation as schools participated in Read Across America. The annual program celebrates reading and coincides with today's birthday of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel. Geisel died in 1991.
Through the use of rhyme, rhythm and made-up words, Dr. Seuss taught children to read and to love books.
Kaquae tried to sit still and be quiet as teachers read, but he couldn't do it. The 7-year-old was too excited. He jumped up and down in his seat and yelled out the words to the stories.
"Dr. Seuss is my friend," the first-grader said. "He's my friend because he knows what I like. He writes silly books that are funny."
Principal Elizabeth Young encouraged the students to read Dr. …