Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You!

by Dr. Seuss


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Celebrate your unique self with Dr. Seuss and the Great Birthday Bird in the ultimate birthday book!
I wish we could do what they do in Katroo.
They sure know how to say “Happy birthday to you!”
In the picture book Happy Birthday to You!, Dr. Seuss has crafted the perfect celebration of the person you were born to be. When the Great Birthday Bird arrives to usher in your “Day of all Days,” you can expect a colorful romp full of fantastical fun that is all about YOU!
With birthday festivities on every page, readers go on a journey that teaches them to celebrate being themselves—every single day of the year! This joyful classic rejoices about the things that make you unique! It’s the essential birthday gift for ages one to 101—from the one and only Dr. Seuss!
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
“Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.” –President Barack Obama

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394800769
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/21/1976
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 20,529
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.44(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 had 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 forty-five 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 three Caldecott Honors, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody. To learn more about Dr. Seuss—and for fun games and activities—visit Seussville.com!

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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 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
'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
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
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!
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Seuss title is about a birthday bird who spends your whole birthday with you making sure you have the most interesting, fabulous day of your year!The man had an imagination, that's for sure. Some of his landscapes are positively psychedelic. The scene in the Birthday flower jungle has flowers smelling like licorice and cheese (what a combo). I think, again, Seuss taps brilliantly into that childlike part of everyone that sees limitlessness as a possibility - just more scope for the imagination. It's very intriguing that so many of his designs swirl and bend in on themselves in a sort of goridan knot.That said, I appreciate his works more aesthetically and from an intellectual perspective than from true enjoyment.
jlowens4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like the book "Happy Birthday To You." I would read this book to third, fourth, or fifth graders. This book is a really good book for teaching children the different with fiction and nonfiction. The book would also be really good for the students to use their imaginations. The book is about the birthday events that take place in a place called Katroo. Dr. Seuss always does an amazing job at making books so fun and interesting. I think that this would be a really good book for any teacher to have in the library. It would be a fun activity to do with children on their birthdays!
rjmcwhorter1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The copy of this book that I read was a pop-up book, which automatically makes in enjoyable to the younger crowd. I think it would be better to read, instead of to a class, to a child or individual. If you read it to one child on his or her birthday, all of the students might wish to do the same, which will get entirely too repetitive.
michelleraphael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book gives the fun ways that a birthday is done in Katroo. Its filled with adventure and fun. Most importantly, you get to be you.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young boy is spending his birthday with the birthday bird in Katroo. Throughout the day the bird takes the little boy to do things that on a normal day would not be okay, but because it is his birthday he can do whatever he wants! This book teaches that you should appreciate the idea of being you & recognize that everyone is unique! This book is quite long, but when celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday in class, this book could be read aloud.
smorales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dr. Suess book that I had never read before and enjoyed very much. This would be good to read to young children to talk about birthdays. Again, another fun read aloud.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love it, but too long!
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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