After being invited to read a children's book to a New Jersey after-school kids program -- and then disinvited for being an "inappropriate" choice -- Martha Graham Cracker was warmly received by Philadelphia's Christ Church Neighborhood House on Sunday. The Philadelphia drag cabaret legend read Dr. Seuss's classic "Green Eggs and Ham" in front of an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd of children.
NBC10 Philadelphia spoke with Deborah Block, a parent who was at Sunday's performance. "It's a wonderful way of honoring Dr. Seuss. Martha Graham Cracker is the embodiment of the Dr. Seuss 'wonder of the world.' It's beautiful."
The Haddonfield Child Care center that retracted their initial invitation to Graham Cracker released the following statement in regards to their decision:
Haddonfield Child Care is committed to providing an environment that recognizes and encourages diversity in our staff and activities. Along with that commitment comes a responsibility to be sensitive to the developmental levels, maturity and ages of the children in our programs, which range from 5 to 11 years old. We strive to provide a variety of activities that respect the individual needs and parenting styles of all of the families we serve.
Regardless, the endearing drag performer finally delighted a crowd of kids. Check out the video of Graham Cracker performing her bluesy take on "Green Eggs and Ham" and an adorable bonus clip below of Graham Cracker fielding questions from the children on Sunday.