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Springfield Museums celebrates release of new Dr. Seuss book

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A new Dr. Seuss book hit store shelves Tuesday and the Springfield Museums marked the occasion.  Author Theodore Seuss Geisel has been gone for years, but the manuscript was just recently published

The Springfield Museums celebrated the release of the new book, "What Pet Should I Get".

People of all ages came to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden Tuesday to hear a reading of the book.

The title alone posed an interesting question.

"Well, that's a hard one because there are so many pets out there," said The Cat in the Hat.

Some had their minds made up even before they came.

"I always wanted a puppy," said Gracie Rose.

Others were of a more feline persuasion

"A cat would be a very good pet.  I wouldn't suggest me though," added The Cat in the Hat.

The manuscript has been around for a while, but not published until now.

"It's estimated that he wrote it in 1960 and it's one of the manuscripts that Audrey, his wife, found in Ted's studio after he died," said Kay Simpson, interim president of the Springfield Museums.

The release of the book is giving parents a chance to introduce Dr. Seuss to a brand new generation.

"It's great to find new books of his because we love reading them to our kids, so it's great to see," said Jason Rose of Springfield.

This is also an opportunity for another Western Massachusetts organization.  Dakin Humane Society brought along a few friends, which also drew a large crowd.

"Look at all these people here.  They're all here because they either have some interest Dr. Seuss or animals and you know, they're from the neighborhood.  We're right down the street...helps us get the word out about what Dakin does," said Gina Ciprari, events coordinator at Dakin.

Copies of the book went on sale Tuesday, but they sold out in a matter of minutes.

In the words of Dr. Seuss, "Today was good.  Today was fun.  Tomorrow is another one."

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