|The Christmas Around the World exhibit|
also wrapped up today. Fittingly, the
Great Hall with the big Christmas
Tree was decorated with Grinch
And the Dr. Seuss exhibit we had to see, for his rhymes and characters are part of our family language, as I am sure they are for many others. Most prominent from my own childhood is Horton the Elephant from Horton Hatches the Egg. Many a time my mom would repeat this rhyme to emphasize a point:
And I said what I meant...."
Sometimes we children would chime in:
"An elephant's faithful
One hundred per cent!"
And the "somebody" from The Cat in the Hat Comes Back became a bonmot with my own family: Whenever something needs doing, we'll ask who the "somebody" is who has to do it, referring to:
"When our mother went
Down to the town for the day,
She said, 'Somebody has to
Clean all this away.
Has to, you see.'
Then she picked out two Somebodies.
Sally and me."
notebook along, and taking notes was not prohibited, so here is how the exhibit portrayed his creative process:
3. Be your characters
4. Get under your influence (i.e. utilize what influenced you. Dr. Seuss's father was a zookeeper. Not surprisingly then, did Dr. Seuss know a lot about animals, and in the end preferred to create his own many times.)
5. Draw, draw, draw (for us writers, substitute: write, write, write)
6. To rhyme or not to rhyme (translation for me: study more how rhyme and meter work. Dr. Seuss often used amphibrachic tetrameter:
"And now comes an act of enormous enormance,
No former performers performed this performance.")
7. Edit it, then edit it.
8. Do the details (Dr. Seuss labeled every color in each drawing to match the printers' color charts to make sure they would use the correct colors.)
Even if he didn't exactly work in that order, surely all these steps were taken at some point. Clearly, here's someone who worked very hard, knew his medium very well, and wasn't afraid to experiment.