Why reading Dr Seuss is good for your child's development

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March 13 2017

Rhythm helps children understand language

The English language often consists of iambic pentameter (the rhythm can be written as Da DUM on repeat), Professor LouAnn Gerken, Ph.D told Fatherly.

However, Gerken says Dr Seuess wrote almost exclusively in the anapest meter - two short syllables followed by a long one (de de DUM, on repeat). A pattern that helps children “understand language more precisely".

Made up words help children

According to a Cambridge Professor, Maria Nikolajeva, made up words do wonders for a child’s development.

Nikolajeva said, according to The Telegraph, London“Puns, linguistic inventions and fantastical names given to characters and places in fiction also allow children to understand the symbolic meaning of words.

“The Dr Seuss books, meanwhile, are said to provide a "perfect training in verbal competence" through their tongue-twisting rhymes and made-up animals.

“Younger readers learn to put words and concepts together because each imaginary creature is accompanied in the books by a picture.”

Happy reading!