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In Your Honor Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat
Theodor Seuss Geisel
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” ― Dr. Seuss
What better advice for a writer and what better writer than Dr. Seuss? Dr. Seuss is known the world over as a children's writer of fun rhymes in his children's books. We know that many of Dr. Seuss's books have been made into movies and TV shows, the latest being "The Lorax" in movie theaters now. In honor of Dr. Seuss, his birthday, and the release of the Lorax, I thought it was time to write about Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. So, his birthday was recently celebrated by children all over this country which is what led me to think about writing about him.
Dick and Jane
About Dr. Seuss
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living." - Dr. Seuss
You have to love a man who likes nonsense and thinks fantasy is necessary! He's not just an ordinary guy, however, Dr. Seuss was graduated from Dartmouth College and Lincoln College (in Oxford, England).
Geisel started using the pen name Dr. Seuss after he was forced to resign from his post as editor-in-chief of the Dartmouth humor magazine,Jack-O-Lantern. He was caught throwing a party and drinking gin with his friends in his room, and because this was back during Prohibition, he had to pay the price. He managed to keep writing for the magazine, but under the pseudonym “Seuss,” which was his mother’s maiden name. He started using “Dr. Seuss” after he graduated college, as a consolation to his father for never pursuing medicine. http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/02/happy-birthday-dr-seuss-9-facts-to-know-about-the-famed-author/#ixzz1t9RTuWmV
Dr. Seuss published his first cartoon in the Saturday Evening Post in 1927. He contributed to many magazines in his early career. Before he started writing children’s books, Geisel was an ad man, creating satirical advertisements for General Electric, Standard Oil, NBC, and others. He was also a World War II political cartoonist, and joined the Army as a Captain, making educational and propaganda films. Two documentary films based on works he created (Hitler Lives? and Design for Death) won Academy Awards. (op cit)
It was in 1954 that he wrote "The Cat in the Hat" using 236 of the 250 words believed to be the words children needed to learn and know. It is rumored he wrote "The Cat in The Hat" because he thought the Dick and Jane books were boring. Dick and Jane books were the primary readers used in all the school; "See Dick. See Jane. See Dick run." I know I'm showing my age but I do remember Dick and Jane and Spot the dog and Fluff the cat!
Quotes Written by Dr. Seuss
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
― Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!
“Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....”
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
"And the turtles, of course...all the turtles are free, as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.”
― Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
"Adults are obsolete children." - Dr. Seuss
At one time Dr. Seuss used the pen name Rosetta Stone. It was for a book he wrote called "Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo". His first children's book was actually "And To Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street". He was on an eighty day boat ride back from Europe when the rhythmic sound of the engine got him thinking and he used that sound to make the rhythm in his book. The book was rejected by 43 publishing companies but was finally published by Vanguard Publishing.
Did you know "Green Eggs and Ham" has only fifty words in it? He wrote it on a bet that he couldn't write a book with only fifty words in it.
A fact that I find particularly amusing is that Dr. Seuss had no children of his own. It is rumored that his wife said he was afraid of them...can you imagine Dr. Seuss afraid of children? She said he was always wondering what they would ask him or what they would do next. Amazing that a man who wrote so many children's books couldn't relate to children!
Dr. Seuss Wrote Until He Was Eighty Years Old
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss wrote over 44 books. Did you know one of them was a book for adults? It was "You're Only Old Once! A Book for Obsolete Children". Did you notice in the last paragraph I used his quote about adults being obsolete children? He wrote it when he was eighty years old and had spent a lot of time in the hospital. The book made it to number one on the New York Times Best Seller List and stayed there for sixty weeks.
He did write an adult book earlier, in 1939 to be exact. It was called " Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History's Barest Family. It is a humorous story based on the legend of Lady Godiva, Dr. Seuss adds her family of nudists to the mix. The seven naked Godivas didn't do too well. The book was re-released in 1987 and is still available.
I can't imagine anyone who's never heard of Dr. Seuss. His rhymes, his books, now his movies and TV shows (all based on his books of course).
Yertle the Turtle Statue
Books by Dr. Seuss
"Being crazy isn't enough." - Dr.Seuss
Did you know Dr. Seuss has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? And why not? Who is more famous than Dr. Seuss? In 1984, he received The Pulitzer Prize Committee for a Lifetime of Contribution to Children’s Literature. He also won three Caldecott Awards for his artwork, three Emmys, three Grammys, and an Academy Award. Not bad for the author of children's books!
Other books by Dr. Seuss include:
Green Eggs and Ham
Oh! The Places You'll Go
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Horton Hears a Who
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
There's a Wocket in My Pocket
The Foot Book
Poem About Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss wrote some books
Never mentioning crooks
For the looks at his books
Were for students and cooks.
He wrote about yertle and cats in a hat
My goodness, dear me, what to think about that?
There wasn't a brat or a gnat with a bat
Just the story about the dear cat in the hat.
So love him or leave him he was a great man
Who surely was not just a flash in the pan
But somebody who knew that anyone can
As long as they try and start out with a plan.
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