Dr. Seuss didn’t invent rhyme – that was probably Mother Goose – but he knew how to teach a generation to read with his couplets. The Cat in the Hat may be one of the most popular felines around, and now his plan is extending to science.
On Labor Day, PBS introduces “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” – with great explores into honey-making bees, migrating birds, and more – based on a new Random House series of science books for children.
Dr. Seuss had the right formula – based on science. In a research study, McGlone and Tofighbakhsh from Lafayette College found that participants in their study tended to believe that rhyming statements were more accurate than those that did not rhyme. Advertisers use this tool all the time – If you buy the car, you will go far.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
- The Cat Comes Back, in the Name of Science (nytimes.com)