Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

March 2, 2012

I can't let today (March 2), go by without wishing the departed Dr. Seuss a happy birthday. And, though my kids and I have plans to go see The Lorax in theaters tomorrow, I won't quote any of the lines from that memorable environmentalist tale. Instead, I would like to share my favorite line from one of the good doctor's lesser known books: The Tooth Book. "Clams have no teeth," says Pam the clam. "I cannot eat hot dogs or ham."

I can't let today (March 2), go by without wishing the departed Dr. Seuss a happy birthday. And, though my kids and I have plans to go see The Lorax in theaters tomorrow, I won't quote any of the lines from that memorable environmentalist tale.

Instead, I would like to share my favorite line from one of the good doctor's lesser known books: The Tooth Book.

"Clams have no teeth," says Pam the clam. "I cannot eat hot dogs or ham."

"No teeth at all, says Pam the clam. "I cannot eat roast leg of lamb. Or peanuts! Pizzas! Popcorn! SPAM! Not even huckleberry jam!"

A simple reminder that the value of a smile is so much more than just good esthetics. A healthy smile allows us to enjoy simple pleasures, such as the tasty treats eluding Pam the clam.

I encourage you to share The Tooth Book with your young children. It's never to early to develop the proper appreciation for a smile.