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*Happy Birthday to You! (Party Edition)* by Dr. Seuss
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The Lorax Pop-Up!

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

Oh, the Place You'll Go! (Party Edition)

Oh, Baby! Go, Baby! (A Cat in the Hat All-by-Myself Beginner Book)

The Big Green Book of Beginner Books (A Cat in the Hat All-by-Myself Beginner Book)

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (Bright & Early Board Book)

Happy Birthday, Baby! (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection)

Up, Up, Up with the Cat (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection Rag Book)

Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog?

The Cat in the Hat (Party Edition)

McElligot's Pool
Happy Birthday to You! (Party Edition)
by Dr. Seuss
Ages 4-8 64 pages Random House March 2009 Hardcover    

Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, the Dr. Seuss classic Happy Birthday to You! (with festive Party Edition re-packaging) continues to delight children of all ages. The story focuses on how the town of Katroo celebrates the birthday of each of its inhabitants - with a full day of celebrations kicked off by the early morning wake-up call from the Hornís happy honk-honk.

Once the birthday child is ready for his special day, the feast begins with all sorts of treats. Itís a good thing that everyone is well-fed, because they will need their energy for the activities that follow, from being pulled through the Flower Jungle to indulging in a hot dog lunch, to taking a dip in the mustard pool to wash off any condiments that might not have made it directly into their mouths.

The birthday child is taken to the Birthday Pet Reservation to select the ideal gift. The next stop at the Birthday Palace is likely an unforgettable component of the day, since it includes wonderful entertainment including an extensive brass band and parade of colorful Seuss characters. Of course, no birthday would be complete without the presentation (and eating) of a scrumptious birthday cake.

Not that anyone needs to be convinced of the pleasure of a Dr. Seuss classic, but this story is one that can be introduced to the youngest children and re-read as they grow. What I also love about this story is that is about celebrating not only the day but the precious life of each child who is at the center of the celebration.

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