Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You!

by Dr. Seuss


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Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss

Bigger than New Year’s, the Fourth of July, and Halloween all rolled into one, birthdays are for celebrating with Dr. Seuss in his first all-color picture book, Happy Birthday to You! Fly with the Great Birthday Bird in this fantastical commemoration of YOU! And make the most of your special day, which only comes once a year!
“Today you are you! That is truer than true!
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
The ultimate birthday gift for ages one to 101—from the one and only Dr. Seuss!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394800769
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/21/1976
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 10,087
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody. Dr. Seuss's never-before-seen picture book What Pet Should I Get? will be published on July 28, 2015. The rediscovered book captures a classic childhood moment—the selection of a pet—and uses it to illustrate a life-lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but that sometimes you just have to do it!

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great addition to the Dr. Seuss collection I have at home. I Have loved Dr. Seuss since I was a kid, and this is a book I never had. There was room to write something in the front of it for my son. I got it for him on his first birthday. As all Dr. seuss books, it is imaginative and a wonderful read for adults and kids alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to each of my children every year on their birthday. I have started the same with my grandchildren and I give a copy to every new baby I can. There is no better book for highlighting the uniqueness of each individual - "You are YOU". I've also been known to give a copy to a very special adult on the occasion of their birthday, in celebration of their very own "self".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Besides a few cuts and scratches, my 1959 edition of this book is still in good condition. The imagination and creativity that Dr. Seuss put into his writing and illustrating is magnificent, especially his ability to tell a children's story using poems much like the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'I wish we could do what they do in Katroo . . . .' Thus begins Dr. Seuss's amazing conception of the birthday party EACH person should have. Guided by the special brainy bird, the Birthday Honk Honker, you will find yourself in the middle of a marvelous day. You are awakened by the bird, 'Wake Up! For today is your Day of all Days!' He then heads for your bed. 'He knows your address . . .' and quickly comes to give you the special birthday handshake. This involves touching your right index finger with his equivalent digit while you touch your left big toe with your left index finger (while he mimics the same motion). Throughout, Dr. Seuss makes it clear that just being born and being you is all that is required to deserve such classy treatment. 'If you'd never been born, well what would you do? . . . be? Why, you might be a WASN'T.' Your day includes a trip through the Birthday Flower Jungle while being carried in a boat through the air by Funicular Goats. The flowers smell like licorice and cheese. For lunch, you eat hot dogs, rolled out on a spool, for an endless meal. With so much mustard on you, cleaning off in a Mustard-Off pool is required. You sing loudly, 'I am lucky!' And that's before you go to the Birthday Pal-alace with its 9,403 rooms to play games in. You get to make such a mess that it will take 20 days just to 'sweep up the mess.' Then, you meet drummers, strummers, zummers, and of course, plumbers. Dr. Derring's Singing Herrings spell out, 'Happy Birthday to You.' Then, you get the most amazing cake. And all of this because, 'There is no one alive who is you-er than you.' Now, you might wonder about the wisdom of reading this book to a child. Whatever you do cannot match up. Well, Dr. Seuss thought of that point also. As he reminds us in the end, 'So that's What the Birthday Bird Does in Katroo.' 'And I wish I could do All these great things for you!' As you can see, the book is set up to convey your deepest conviction that the honoree (usually your child) is well worth whatever the positive limits of imagination can bring. But, of course, being a mere parent, you cannot do that much. Whatever you do will naturally be received with greater enthusiasm, realizing its symbolic intent. A fun way to use this book would be to create birthday elements that build on it. For example, you could draw a birthday palace, and buy one of those games as a gift that contains hundreds of variations in it. Then, you could attach your drawing to the gift. With good imagination, your child can feel like she or he has had such a day. Carrying on with that theme, you could reenact other parts of the book. You could dress up like the Birthday Bird and give the handshake in the morning, for example. If it's a weekend, you could have hot dogs for lunch (if your honoree likes them). If it's a week day, you could have them for dinner. You get the idea. There's another message here, too. Each other person deserves this princely treatment as well. That must mean that being a person is pretty special. I know of no book that stakes out such a strong statement in favor of each person. Be sure to build on this lesson to help you child learn to respect, appreciate, and eventually care about everyone! 'And I wish I could do all these great things for you!' And I do so wish. Happy Unbirthday! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was a kid, my father read this book to me on my birthday. It became such a beloved tradition that he still reads this book to me every year for my birthday. It's a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent way to not only wish a child a happy birthday but it also stresses how great it is to be an individual. To be YOU. It will teach children an excellent lesson on self esteem and help them to create their very own birthday world!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I remember reading Dr. Seuss books as a child, and I remember having them read to me (which was probably the best thing of all). I remember how engrossed I was with each word, each page, each picture, each story. Every book different than the last… And now as a mom, I was able to watch the same reactions in my children (twice!). There’s nothing like a Dr. Seuss book to transport you back in time to when times seemed a whole lot easier. Happy Birthday to You! Is no exception. From start to finish, I was smiling. Why? Because this book is a celebration of you! It’s YOUR birthday! It’s YOUR day! Celebrate YOU because YOU are what makes this world all that more better! It was an explosion of words that would make anyone feel like they were the most important person in the world on their birthday. The best cake, the best gifts, the best party…the best everything because it’s YOUR day! How could you not smile after reading this book? I am going to start a new tradition. I’m reading this book to my kids on their birthday…I don’t care how old they are…AND I’m going to read this book to my grandkids. The words and rhymes in Happy Birthday to You! will, no doubt, leave the birthday boy or girl feeling special beyond words. What I wished while reading Happy Birthday to You! was that someone was reading it to me. The best part of listening to a Dr. Seuss book was looking at the pictures while listening to the words. It made the world of Dr. Seuss all that more magical! I recommend Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss to readers everywhere! I think it would be a wonderful addition to any birthday celebrations you may have. But I can’t only recommend one Dr. Seuss book! I encourage you to explore as many as you can, and get swept up in a world created for kids and for those of us who are young at heart.
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GuysGrandma More than 1 year ago
"Happy Birthday to You" is funny, clever and a celebration of a person's birthday that will be read over and over every birthday for many years. It's such a happy, feel good book. Makes a great gift for child, grandchild or young friend.
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Too small. Like 5 inches. Looks very cheap.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Good for more than just birthdays.
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One of the sweetest books I've ever read!! SOOO funny! Definitely a keeper in our library!! Too bad some of the reviewers don't read the suggested ages for the book BEFORE they leave their comments. The ages are clearly stated for this book as 6- 9 NOT 4 year olds...maybe someone should read to YOU.
lrozo More than 1 year ago
This was the longest story I had ever read my 4 year old. Way too long to keep her attention. Maybe good for marking a milestone birthday as a keepsake, but not for little ones.