Upon entering “Readingville,” the focus shifts to a celebration of Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories, as well as rhyming, alphabet, and story games with a focus on honing reading skills.
- The ABC Wall is an interactive larger-than-life version of Seuss’s ABC (1963). As children touch various letters, they hear the phonetic sound of the letter being pressed, and the artwork from the book appears on the wall with the associated text below. Parents and caregivers will expand on the educational possibilities of the ABC Wall by making a game out of the letters, instructing children to find specific ones or to identify the letter with which certain words begin.
- In Green Eggs and Ham WordPlay, children enter the railroad cave from Green Eggs and Ham (1960) to find word game stations. The games are based on the rhyming vocabulary of the story, and have been designed with different levels to serve a variety of age groups. The youngest visitors rhyme pictures of objects, and older children rhyme written words. More advanced readers can play a rhyme racing game. The cave area is constructed with an open side to encourage guidance and participation from adults.
- In front of a One fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960) mural sits the Wump of Gump, a seven-humped creature belonging to Mr. Gump. Children can climb around and onto the Wump, pretending to ride behind Mr. Gump. Quotes from the story surround the characters and the scenes, allowing families to read favorite portions of the story aloud as they play.
- Behind tall Truffula Trees from The Lorax (1971), visitors enter The Island of Sala-ma-Sond from Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1958). In this area there is a tall, sculpted stack of turtles with Mack on the bottom and King Yertle on the top. Next to the sculpture is an empty stone throne and fifteen soft foam turtles. Children create their own stack, balancing the turtles higher and higher.
- In Horton’s Whoville Band, visitors find Horton holding the clover in his trunk, as well as the Wickersham Brothers, Vlad Vlad-i-koff, and the kangaroos from Horton Hears a Who! (1954) Next to Horton, fanciful Who instruments line the wall for children to play.
- In The Cat in the Hat exhibit visitors step into Ted Geisel’s imaginary world he created as the renowned author Dr. Seuss. The first character that visitors encounter is the three-dimensional figure of the famous character from the book The Cat in the Hat (1957). The arms, legs and tail of the Cat can be arranged in different poses andchildren can see how high they can stack up soft sculptural books, plates and cakes.
- In The Story Block Station visitors can use this set of story blocks to assemble a simple Seuss-like narrative. Each of these flat rectangular blocks has a picture and a short rhyming element on either side. Visitors place the blocks in a sequence to create a short “story.” There is no right or wrong sequence of story elements and a nearly infinite number of stories can be assembled using this wonderfully open-ended language and reading game.