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The Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss

Updated on June 8, 2018
A few of the creative characters straight from the wondrous mind of Dr. Seuss
A few of the creative characters straight from the wondrous mind of Dr. Seuss | Source

The Creative Mind of Dr. Seuss

For years children and adults alike have been entertained and tickled pink by the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss. He has managed to write memorable, playful characters that speak to children and draw them into the world of reading.

He is know far and wide for his memorable characters, the playful verse, the rhyming words, and the creative writing that the children understand and love. Even better, adults love him too.

One of the things I like best about Dr. Seuss are his witticisms. I have included several of them in the form of callouts. Notice how he encourages kids to be themselves, lets them know that having fun is something that will help them grow, reading is something that will take them far, and encourages them to follow their heart. He lets them know that they can become anything they want to become, and go anywhere they want to go.

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

— Dr. Seuss

Top Ten Books By Dr. Seuss

  1. Oh the Places You'll Go
  2. Green Eggs and Ham
  3. The Cat in the Hat
  4. The Lorax
  5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  6. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  7. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
  8. Hop on Pop
  9. Dr. Seuss's ABC
  10. Fox in Socks

Dr. Seuss, the prolific writer that he is, has written and illustrated 66 books for children. A variable library of fun, kooky, child-pleasing books. I have only mentioned the top ten.

What a wonderful quote by Dr. Seuss
What a wonderful quote by Dr. Seuss | Source

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."

— Dr. Seuss

What You May Not Know About Dr. Seuss

As public as his life became there are things that you may not know about Dr. Seuss. Such as:

  • He wasn't much of a fan of kids - Even though kids around the world love his books he was not enamored of them. He was well known for the following quote: "You have 'em, I'll amuse 'em." As a matter of fact his widow Audrey thought he might even be a bit afraid of them. He was married twice but never had any children of his own.
  • He once threatened to sue an anti-abortion group - Oddly enough, a line from his children's book "Horton Hears a Who", put Dr. Seuss into the middle of a controversy. What was that line? "A person's a person, no matter how small." It became a slogan for anti-abortionist groups until he threatened to sue them if they didn't stop using it.
  • Green Eggs and Ham was written as a result of a bet - Dr. Seuss's editor, Bennett Cerf, being concerned with the reading levels of the children in 1960 bet him that he would not be able to write a book using only 50. The book was written, using only 50 different words to help encourage children to read to themselves. Dr. Seuss won the bet and a new beginning reader was out on the market.
  • The first recorded time the word "Nerd" was used by Dr. Seuss - The word "Nerd" was first used by Dr. Seuss in 1960 in his book "If I Ran the Zoo". It became popular in the 1060's. maybe by being used by his readers.
  • Dr. Seuss didn't just write children's books - During the Great Depression he supported himself and his wife drawing cartoons for advertisements. During World War II, while in the armed forces, his job was to create training films for soldiers and war propaganda cartoons..
  • As Dr. Seuss he wrote prolifically - He wrote and illustrated 66 children's books. They have sold over 200 million copies and been translated into over 15 languages.


"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go."

— Dr. Seuss
Photo of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) taken on April 4,1957.
Photo of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) taken on April 4,1957. | Source

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Thank You Dr. Seuss

When Dr. Seuss died in 1991 at the age of 87, his birthday was adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America. His love of nonsense, reading, writing, rhyming, and books has brought much to our children and to us as adults. Just seeing his quotes should inspire anyone to pick up a book and get reading.

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

— Dr. Seuss
Image your own children sitting, reading "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".  Thanks Dr. Seuss.
Image your own children sitting, reading "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Thanks Dr. Seuss. | Source

© 2016 Susan Hazelton

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      26 hours ago from Sunny Florida

      Even the middle school age kids loved him. They loved it when I would read a Dr. Suess book aloud to them.

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      Patricia Scott 

      32 hours ago from sunny Florida

      Who doesn't love Dr. S??? He was a go to favorite for kids when I was teaching elementary age children. And I am a huge fan even today. Horton is a favorite character that he constructed so well. Right now Target has lots of items you can buy that are a Dr Suess theme...I tried to resist but found I had to pick up a few of them...Thanks for sharing this. Angels are on the way this morning ps

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      It's been a while since I have been here. I recently started building up my hubs and trying to get back into action. It's nice to see you are still here.

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      RedElf 

      3 weeks ago from Canada

      I missed this two years ago... I know - slow to catch up :) Awesome hub, Gals, and even more interesting information about the good doctor. He's been a hero of mine since childhood. And we did read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" every Christmas Eve - it's one of my favorite childhood memories..

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      aviannovice They are perfect for kids. These are the books that make reading fun.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I didn't read all of these books, but I did a few. These were great books for the questionable reader, that I believe were interesting enough to push the kids over the edge into enriching their lives through words.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Nell Rose I didn't either, all this time I thought he was a doctor, had children and all of that. Imagine my surprise. I have always loved his books, as have my children and grandchildren.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      I didn't realise that was his real name! or should I say title and name! well I never! lol! and we all seem to love the cat in the hat! great hub and so interesting too thanks, nell

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      always exploring I was amazed to find out that he had no children. It brings the question to mind as to how to how he can understand children so well.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      @DDE I read every book I could get my hands on to my children. They loved him.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      @emge he is a fascinating man.

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      Madan 

      2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      Didnt know much about this writer. Thanks for adding to my knowledge

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome! The Cat in the Hat was my favorite.

      You shared an informative and interesting hub.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I learned many things about Dr. Seuss that I was unaware of, for instance, he didn't particularly like children. That's amazing! Interesting topic and hub. Thank you..

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