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Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration Reminds Readers of a Springfield from Long Ago

Mulberry signSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Tomorrow the famous Dr. Seuss would be celebrating his 109 Birthday and as a Springfield native, the author was inspired by many familiar sights around the area.

The books may be an easy read, even for a first grader.

Semir Mehemed, Grade 1 told us, “Rhymings, there are a lot of rhymings.  I think what’s so special about Dr. Seuss books is that they help you learn and how to read and they are not too hard.”

But the meaning for students here in the city of Springfield goes far beyond the text as the pictures on the pages come to life.

Especially with this story, “And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street.”

Inspired by the real-life street in downtown Springfield near where Seuss grew up.

And another favorite, “Yertle the Turtle.”  The author was thought to been influenced by a turtle fountain while writing this story.

The monument which was once downtown, can now be found in Forest Park.

The Dr. Seuss display at Springfield Museums showcases many of these familiar locations.

Matt Longhi, Director of Marketing for the Springfield Museums told ABC40, “The Knox automobile, the Gasworks that were located right by the river once upon a time, and certainly the Howard Street Armory as well.  All familiar places to people of that time growing up and some are still here and still visible.”

The young students vision of Springfield may be a bit different now.

“People drive cars on the street,” says Grade 1 student, Olivia Bostian.

But they appreciate his legacy.

“It’s cool because he was born here,” Olivia adds.

To celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday this weekend you can go to the Springfield Museums.  They have a Seuss cake contest, family programs all throughout the day and a meet and greet with the Cat in the Hat himself.

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