Weekend cooking: Literary Baking

Something exciting happened so I had to interrupt my new weekend cooking veggie series to show you something else. You might call me insane, at least my husband has done just that. He said – and I quote – “you are like one of those nutcase women who see the face of Jesus Christ in a sponge cake”, but, naturally, I don’t agree.

 The Original Grinch

Last week I baked banana bread again for a kindergarten party and when the cake came out of the oven I noticed this little piece of dough sticking out of the cake. Imagine my surprise when I took a closer look and discovered that it was The Grinch! I recognized him immediately. I got the book and found the corresponding image and there was my proof.

My GrinchThe mirrored Grinch

Once I had mirrored the Grinch even John recognized him (it took some encouragement, though).

Next time you bake something and a little bit of dough escaped its mold, don’t snap it off and throw it away carelessly! It might be a hidden treasure.

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Weekend cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads. For the other weekend cooking posts please go there.


Earth Day and The Lorax Project

Another Earth Day and time for another Lorax Project. At Seussville you will find plenty of idea about how to introduce your children to environmental issues and how to teach them about taking good care of our environment.

The Lorax Project Screenshot

They can take the pledge to help the Lorax and print out a little certificate, create stickers and tags, send a letter to the Lorax, play games, learn about animals and find out what they can do to help the environment.

Check out the Lorax Project today!


The Grinch

My 24 days of Christmas







How the Grinch stole ChristmasI am a big Dr. Seuss fan, so it comes as no surprise that my favourite Christmas book is “How the Grinch stole Christmas”. Even though I can’t quite see how the Grinch so quickly sees the error of his ways, I suppose for a children’s book it is necessary to keep it simple.

To get into the Christmas spirit Seussville offers various activities. You will find an online coloring game for your kids where they can color in various Grinch-related images. It’s fun!

There are a lot of other projects, like making your own Grinch mask, making a door knob, games and more to pass the time until Christmas.

And if you can’t get enough of the Grinch, check out the Grinch ornaments on Wizzley.


Quizzical Monday


After a short break it is time for another “Quizzical Monday”!



What was Dr. Seuss’ real name?

Leave a comment with your answer. Then, to see whether you got it right,  click on "Show" below.  As usual, there is nothing to be won, this is just for fun!

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Banned books week hop

Welcome to the Banned Books Week Hop!

Banned Books Week is a US event. I have to admit that the practice of banning or challenging books is unknown to me, at least in recent times. Except for one mother in 12th or 13th grade who opposed to us reading “Les liaisons dangereuses” by Choderlos de Laclos in French class – a fact that made me go and read the book right away, of course – I have never heard of a book being challenged or banned from schools, libraries or shops. It seems, in the US it is not so uncommon. So I am all too willing to support Banned Books Week and this hop with a giveaway. You can find out more about Banned Books Week at the official Banned Books Week website.

The Banned Books Week Hop is organized by I am a reader, not a writer and I read banned books. Make sure you check out their blogs!

What am I giving away?

No, it’s neither a classic, nor a YA novel, it’s a children’s book (a classic in its own right). A book that I love, that I read to my kids frequently, a book everybody should know. It is called “The Lorax”.

As unbelievable as it sounds, “The Lorax” was banned in 1989 by the Laytonville, Calif. Unified School District because it "criminalizes the foresting industry". No, it doesn’t. If anything, it criminalizes entrepreneurs who exploit nature without making sure to replenish by re-planting.

The Lorax cover

If you would like to know more about the Lorax, please read my post about The Lorax Project. The beginning of The Lorax is featured in this Book beginnings on Fridays post.

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Book beginnings on Friday

Like I said before already, today is Earth Day and it is appropriate to take “The Lorax ” as today’s

book. To read a bit more about “The Lorax” please go to my previous post titled “The Lorax Project”.

The book is, of course, written in the typical manner of Dr. Seuss. Here we go:


At the far end of town

where the Grickle-grass grows

and the wind smells slow-and-sour when it blows

and no birds ever sing excepting old crows…

is the Street of the Lifted Lorax.


I am getting a feeling that the end is near already…


The Lorax Project

The Lorax cover Today is Earth Day. You can’t start early enough to introduce children to the protection of the environment and teach them how important it is. What better kids’ book than The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is there to do just that? If you don’t know the Lorax, go and read it!

It is the story of the Once-ler who comes to an area and cuts down all the trees in order to produce Thneeds out of them in his factory. The Lorax frequently comes and warns him about the consequences of his ruthless exploitation – to no avail. In the end the environment is destroyed, the trees gone, the animals have left and the once paradise like surroundings are grey and uninhabitable. But there is a tiny hope…

When I read the book to our 7 year old he asked me who would ever want to destroy nature in order to make some money. Little does he know…

On Seussville there even are Lorax Project files available. You can download discussion ideas for school classes, a tool kit for a class project and various activity sheets.

Happy reading and happy Earth Day!



Bonnie’s review of The Lorax at Banned Books 

The Spirited Review of The Lorax 

Review of The Lorax at 



Dr. Seuss Reading passport

This is the cutest idea for kids – a Dr. Seuss reading passport. You print out the passport and the accompanying stickers. When your kid has read a specific book, you place the appropriate sticker in the passport over the book. Since kids love to collect things this is a great motivation for kids to read Dr. Seuss.

Click at Seussville on “Events”, then “General”, and there you are.

Nov. 3, 2010. Edit: 

The site has changed quite a bit since my post in March. You can now find the Reading passport when you click on "Educators" -> "Printables" -> and then go to page 8. There you will find the passport and the accompanying stickers in the third row.