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VIDEO: Gavin Newsom talks honesty, dyslexia, Dr. Seuss

Participating in Read Across America Day, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom reads “The Cat In the Hat” to kindergartners at Sierra Oaks K-8 school in Sacramento on Monday.
Participating in Read Across America Day, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom reads “The Cat In the Hat” to kindergartners at Sierra Oaks K-8 school in Sacramento on Monday. AP

In the tradition of politicians reading to children – and inviting TV stations to come see – Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom turned up at Sierra Oaks K-8 on Monday with a copy of “The Cat in the Hat.”

The occasion was Read Across America Day, the book a Dr. Seuss classic.

Newsom is an avid reader, but also dyslexic. He told the kindergarten students it’s hard to read out loud.

Newsom is not prone to flubs, but he figures to draw bigger audiences running for governor in 2018.

Reading from a teleprompter, he said, can be challenging.

Seuss can be, too. In “The Cat in the Hat,” an anthropomorphic cat dizzies two children with his antics on a rainy day.

Taking stock of the book outside the classroom, Newsom shook his head.

“The hardest part about this,” he said, “is none of it makes any sense.”

Newsom drew a lesson from the book, urging the children to tell their moms and dads if they made a mess when they shouldn’t.

“Even if you did something wrong,” the politician said, “it’s always better to tell the truth.”

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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