VICENZA, Italy – During the week of March 2, U.S. Army Africa Soldiers
along with students from Vicenza Elementary School journeyed to worlds
where pet dinosaurs play baseball and zoos are filled with creatures
called Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma Dills and Tizzle-Top-Tufted Mazurkas.
These worlds were brought to life as part of Read Across America, an
annual reading program started in 1998 by the National Educational
Association to honor the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better
known to the world as famous children’s author Dr. Seuss.
Even though the program celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday, adults may
read any children’s book of their choosing.
Lt. Col. Robert A. Brogan, commander of U.S. Army Africa Headquarters
and Headquarters Battalion, chose the book “Dinosaur Bob and his
Adventures with the Family Lazardo” by William Joyce, to read to his
energetic audience of 4th graders.
As Brogan read the story of Dinosaur Bob, he would occasionally pause
to engage the children. Dinosaur Bob loves to play baseball, so Brogan
took that as an opportunity to sing the unofficial anthem of baseball,
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to the children, who enthusiastically