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March 2 is Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Updated on November 28, 2014

If I asked you who Theodor Seuss Geisel was, you would probably shake your head in dismay. However, if I told you I was referring to Dr. Seuss, you would say, "Oh, yes, my children have books written by Dr. Seuss."

Dr. Seuss was Geisel's pen name. March 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday and people especially children all over the world celebrate that day as National Read Across America Day created by the National Education Association.

Almost every household has had at least one Dr. Seuss' books especially if there are children in the house.

Not only was Dr. Seuss a writer of 44 children's books, but he was also a cartoonist. Even though Geisel is noted for his children's books, he also wrote a total of about 60 books including humorous articles, illustrations and poems.

Dr. Seuss' very first book was originally a poem that later became his very first book, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. It was rejected 27 times. Then he wrote three more children's book, two of them were written in prose.

Not only was Dr. Seuss a writer of 44 children's books, but he was also a cartoonist. Even though Geisel is noted for his children's books, he also wrote a total of about 60 books including humorous articles, illustrations and poems.

Dr. Seuss' very first book was originally a poem that later became his very first book, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. It was rejected 27 times. Then he wrote three more children's book, two of them were written in prose.

Dr. Seuss got his start in writing children's books because in May 1954, LifeĀ magazine published an article reporting that children were not learning because children's book were boring. The Director of Education, William Ellsworth Spaulding gave Dr. Seuss a list 348 words that were thought to be easy for first graders to recognize. Then he asked Dr. Seuss to write a book using only 250 of those words. Spaulding instructed Dr. Seuss to "write a book children can't put down."

Nine months later Dr. Seuss completed The Cat in the Hat. He used only 236 of the 250 words he had been given.

The Cat in the Hat
sold 452,258 copies

Green Eyes and Ham
sold 540,366 copies

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
sold 409,068 copies

Dr. Seuss was against having a moral in mind when he wrote. He said, "kids can see a moral coming a mile off." Also, he never wrote about political, religious or social issues.

Even though Dr. Seuss was married twice, he had no children. He said, "You have 'em, I'll entertain 'em."

Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991 at the age of 87 because of throat cancer. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered.

Over his lifetime, Dr. Seuss wrote over 60 books sold over 222 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.

School and youth centers around the country have activities to honor Dr. Seuss on his birthday.

On March 2 we honor and celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel affectionately known to us as DR. SEUSS!

Which of the Dr. Seuss books is your all time favorite?

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Betty, there is absolutely nothing wrong with morals. Dr. Sesss just wanted to write books so children could do their own thinking and come to their own conclusion about what they had read.

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      Betty Johansen 6 years ago

      Dr. Seuss' books are a blast! Maybe because he avoided morals? "Kids can see a moral coming a mile off." Sigh, I guess my problem is that I didn't know there was anything wrong with morals. Oh well, an interesting hub about a man with an amazing gift! I enjoyed every word - yes, every word I heard was a gift with a lift. (As you can see, I'm no Dr. Seuss!)

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Rebecca E., thanks for reading and responding. I was inspired by Dr. Seuss not giving up on his writing. It gives me hope that I might succeed with my writing here on HubPages. He didn't give up and neither will I.

      I value the information you give in your hubs so we can all succeed!

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      well done, and this is awesome, you've made my kids day. I didn't know how often he was rejected for his book, that's amazing.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      crystolite, thanks for reading and responding. I thought the hub was interesting and on time for March 2 since it was Dr. Seuss' birthday. However, this is not an "evergreen hub." I will have to make some revisions so it can be read throughout the year. There are numerous ways this can be done.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Interesting hub.thanks.

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Revmjm, this is very interesting and encouraging too. It just goes to show you that timing and having a passion you can achieve anything... even green eggs and ham. ;)

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for reading and responding. I find it so amazing that his first book was rejected yet he went on to write 60 books and 44 of them were children's books and he didn't have any children of his own.

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      Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya revmjm, I love Dr. Seuss.. my kids loved them so much we all got to memorize Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. I'm sorry he is gone.. he was a such a genius. I didn't know that his first book was rejected 27 times! Thumbs up and useful.

      Have a nice day,

      Rosie

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      FaithDream: I got the idea from my grandchildren (ages 5, 6, and 10) who are celebrating Dr. Seuss on March 2 at their school. Believe it or not, they gave me most of the information included in this article. I was amazed at how much they knew about the background even though they have most of his books.

      Don't you find it interesting to know that he had no children and his first book was rejected 27 times?

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Interesting article. Dr. Seuss had a very unique writing style. His books and stories will outlive our lifetimes.